When I was little, my favourite outfit was a pair of blue jeans, and a neon yellow golf shirt with coordinated fabric belt. The vibration between the dark indigo and vibrant yellow is something that sticks in my mind quite clearly. I was what they called a “tomboy”, because I liked traditionally “boy” things, like cars. I was definitely into cars. I still am.
But I was also into Barbie. Back in the 1980’s, Barbie didn’t wear exclusively pink. Certainly there was plenty of Pepto in her wheelhouse, but the Barbie Corvette I got at a garage sale was grey. My favourite Barbie outfit was black with a beige floral print. At some point in the 1990’s, these sorts of colours were no longer en vogue for a little girl’s toys or clothes. Everything became pink.