Grab your fuchsia (and hot pink) crash helmets! (Lots of pics)

Speaking of fuchsia...I've been crushing on this colour long before the (welcome to me) trend! 

Here's a trip down memory lane. The earliest photos date from 2012 which is more or less when I joined YLF!

Sadly, I no longer have the fabulous 3 piece silk fuchsia suit. Bought at the thrift store for pennies, and wow did I have fun with it for a few years. It got a little snug, though, and I used up most of my occasions for wearing it, so I bid it a sad goodbye and let it go to a new friend. 

Then there was the H&M knit shrunken jacket -- a total workhorse for less than $10. First picture taken in Beijing, fall 2012. Second one back in Kingston. 

I still have this shocking pink rain jacket (5). Shocking pink is a bit warm for me, but I like it anyway for its energy. Banff 2012. 

The suit came out for an awards event in 2013. I also wore it to a fancy work event that spring. 

Later, in the summer, I wore this hot pink silk top in New York City. Catching the subway, I loved the way my platform mate and I BOTH rocked the colour block trend -- in the same colours, just opposite blocking! 

Also in New York, hot pink bag. 

Banff, 2014 -- a knit shirt. And the hot pink jacket. (9/10)

Cooler pink cashmere sweater -- I still have this one. Wearing it (or similar) in Israel in 2014. 

#13 Sometimes you have to look for your fix in nature. 

#14/15 -- a newer silk shell, in a cooler tone. Beijing, summer, 2015. 

Later that summer, with my brother. We look happy in the pics but it was actually a sad trip. Our mother had died and we were visiting family. 

#18 Trying a new sweater...

#19 Even my phone was hot pink...checking out the progress of my grey grow-out. 

#20 -- some orchid or fuchsia in the skirt -- new hair. 

#21 -- my mom's top -- fuchsia flowers. 

#22 -- scarf with hot pink, summer, 2016. 

#23 Fall, 2016 -- taking photo in London of a hot pink shoe in a window -- pop up store. 

#24 In Rodmell, Virginia Woolf's garden. 

#27 J Crew hot pink Rhodes jacket. Coming back into circulation this fall. 

#31 - 34 Winter 2016 -- hot pink coat and lots of pink hats at demonstration. 

#35/#36 -- in Iceland. 

#37 -- a poor NAS experiment. LOVED the colour. Hated the sleeves and material. Oh well. 

#38 Floral interlude. 

#39 Infinity Mirrors exhibit (Yayoi Kusama) at Art Gallery of Ontario

#40 -- running low on fuchsia but trying pink on taupe/pink last fall...

#41 Roses in the UBC garden, June 2019. 

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  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    Queen Fuchsia you did not disappoint! I love every one of these pictures and would also like to say I think you look even more vibrant with silver hair than gold. Hope you still have coat in #35 - quilting is in for the fall!

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Jaime, thank you! I don't still have that coat, alas, but I have a blue version. The hot pink was just a bit too "hot" for me so I passed it along. 

  • Firecracker replied 1 year ago

    A fuchsia feast!! Thank you, Suz. These are so fun to look at, and to stroll down your fuchsia memory lane.

  • Firecracker replied 1 year ago

    Oh, and I think you need another fuchsia suit. It was so stunning on you. I liked how you shortened the pants for an updated look.

  • Peri replied 1 year ago

    Isn't this that beautiful color we called Radiant Orchid a few years ago, especially #4 & 18?! My favorite color still, I hope it gets easier to find this year. 

  • JAileen replied 1 year ago

    Pink is such a great color for you. The silk suit was FAB!!!

  • Gretchen replied 1 year ago

    So you’re saying it’s your signature color? Fab pictures !

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Ditto Shevia You are a true Fuschia royalty. I hope you can add to your collection. Fuschia is a perfect companion for blue..

  • bonnie replied 1 year ago

    I can see that you've had a long love of fuchsia and why not? You look fab in every photo. 

  • kellygirl replied 1 year ago

    You make me want to wear fuschia! So beautiful, Suz! Love every one of these.

  • Jane replied 1 year ago

    Yay for fuschia! It is a really super colour for you! Lovely photos, and shows the pluses of keeping good WIW pics. Love that you’ve been to Rodmell, just a couple of miles from where I live and is where I walk our dogs.

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    Lol, Suz. Case made, I think :D

    Actually, in many ways I think of fuchsia as your colour, more than blue.

  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    Wonderful looks! Vibrant and fun - you look fantastic in all of them. I prefer hot pink on me but I agree fuschia is your colour.

    And that suit is the bomb!

  • Sterling replied 1 year ago

    You have no idea how happy this post made me.  Every single picture was beautiful.  Thank you for sharing.    

  • Staysfit replied 1 year ago

    LOL! Another fuschia lover! That pink suit was gorgeous and I’m sure you felt great when wearing it because you radiate joy in those pics. My favorite pics are with your family! I have tons of fuschia in my wardrobe.....mostly dresses but I have a suit and a blazer also. I have the same TNF puffer as you as finds are not working, but here are a few of the items I have gathered in my finds that are part of my current wardrobe. One or two may be more pink than fuschia....

  • Runcarla replied 1 year ago

    What a fab retrospective, Suz. The silk suit with shortened trousers and the quilted jacket in #35 stand out. Fuschia is definitely a signiture colour!

  • Tammyb replied 1 year ago

    What a great color for you. And in every pic your clothes are wonderfully put together. Thanks for sharing your fuschia rain with us!

  • Preppy Pear replied 1 year ago

    Oh! These looks are all fabulous - signature color for the win! It makes your outfits so lively and you look radiant. That Rhodes jacket is a stunner and I’m glad you’ll be wearing it again.

  • torontogirl replied 1 year ago

    Good Lord lady, you are more fabulous in one picture after the next. Can I just have your closet and call it a day?? The subway pic is my fave! Will be wearing hot pink today after seeing this inspiration!

  • ChristelJ replied 1 year ago

    How beautiful you look in this colour! A joy to see. Love this post.

  • lyn67 replied 1 year ago

    What a lovely post! I remember many of these along the years, and true, you were long ahead the trend with fuchsia  items(radiant orchid at that time  if remember well) which suits you soooo wel!! I always loved fuchsia too, but could't  wear at work and didn't exactly find the items I wanted till this season when I put my little paws on  a magenta/fuchsia  sandal, a cross body bag,  a linen tee and a summery sweater.

  • Column replied 1 year ago

    YOU ARE SO FABULOUS! Thank you for the visual feast!

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Thank you all for indulging me! 

    Helena, isn't that subway pic amazing? It was a stinking hot day in July. We'd just descended to the platform, I looked around, saw that young woman and handed Mr. Suz my phone so he could snap a quick pic. Sadly, the quality isn't great. But wow -- talk about an illustration of the power of trends! Colour blocking was the thing that summer...

    Thanks, Preppy Pear. I want to change the buttons out from gold to something else and haven't done it. That's part of the reason it doesn't see too much wear. It's also a bit too bright/warm a pink. But it seems to work with good styling. It's nicely made. 

    Tammy -- great description! 

    Carla, Sharan -- good eye. Shortening the trousers was a good idea. Angie suggested it. :) 

    Staysfit - yes! You rival me for the title for sure! You also do watermelon which adds to your complement. Let's stock up this year if it really appears at retail widely! 

    Sterling, I was thinking of you the whole time I put these photos together! 

    Sal, we can be hot pink/fuchsia colours. Or send each other our "almosts." Sometimes it can be hard to tell if the tone is going to be cool enough (or warm enough) in advance...

    Rachylou -- thanks!

    Jane, you live near Rodmell? I might have walked past your house! Literally. I went for a special writer-in-the-garden day. I got off the train at the closest town and walked from there to the village -- it was about an hour, I think. The walk started out really well on footpaths, but then the footpaths disappeared (or I lost track of them) and I ended up on the busy, narrow road, that has no verge! So I was terrified of being mowed down. Not to mention, worried my lovely white sneakers would get filthy! :) But I survived and it was so worth it. I spent an hour in the garden completely alone!! No one else came!! Then Mr. Suz arrived and we lunched in the pub and went back for the house tour. Magic. 

    Kelly, Bonnie -- thank you! 

    Joy, thanks -- and me too! 

    Gretchen, ha -- it certainly looks like a signature, doesn't it. For years we had a running joke here that you should put on your (signature colour) crash helmet to deal with all the fabness. 

    JAileen -- I miss that suit! 

    Peri, some of the new stuff from Boden looks close to radiant orchid. There's a range of tones...from the pink berries through to watermelon, I guess? Radiant orchid is on the cooler side and deeper side of that.The radiant orchid-like versions suit me best, but haven't been as easy to find. Well, maybe you and I will be in luck this year at last!! 

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Column, you made me blush! :) 

    Lyn, yes -- it gets different names, and maybe rightly -- even in my pics there is everything from watermelon to magenta. I'm not even sure I know what true fuchsia looks like. The flower, I expect? 

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Okay, I just learned something. I had it upside down. I always thought that fuchsia was slightly more on the bright side of this blue/red mix and magenta slightly deeper and darker but this article claims fuchsia is the more "purply" version while magenta is the warmer one. And here they both seem equally bright/ saturated. So who knows?

    Still, it clearly encompasses a range.

    Wikipedia shows more -- French fuchsia closer to hot pink, an "antique fuchsia" that's greyed down and very purple. 

    Anyway, I say, take your pick and make it your own. :) 

  • Joyce B replied 1 year ago

    You are queen of fuschia for sure, what a great color it is for you.

  • Janet replied 1 year ago

    Oh how fun! I remember that suit! And many of the other photos as well. You look gorgeous in those colors.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    HOW FUN:)

    Fuchsia and orchid fabness all round. Sooooo different to not see you with your gorgeous silver hair. Always radiant and beautiful no matter what. 

    Fuchsia with silver = Even better :)

  • Christina F. replied 1 year ago

    Love! Thanks for posting.

  • Laura replied 1 year ago

    What a happy and vibrant collection of photos. That fuschia suit was such a show-stopper! I wonder what shade fuschia truly is! Hmmmm. No matter, you look radiant in all of its variations!

  • Sara L. replied 1 year ago

    Wow, what fun to see so many pictures of you and fuchsia!  Thanks for taking the time to post

  • whidbeygirl replied 1 year ago

    Inspiring! ‘Pink’ is supposed to be the best color with my skin tone...but I’ve never really liked pink. You have shown so many stunning ways to wear this vibrant form of ‘pink’. I’ll have to reconsider and begin to look for some fuschia! Just gorgeous ideas here.

  • AviaMariah replied 1 year ago

    I remember that fuchsia suit - so fab!  I am also a lover of


    , darker pinks, and burgundy.  I have quite a bit of it in my closet right now (especially summer wear) but I'm super excited about it being in retail this winter and I plan to stock up!  Last night I went to see Les Miserables with my extended family and they noted that I was the only one not wearing black - I was in a bright pink dress.  They had not problem picking me out of the crowds all night!

  • Cardiff girl replied 1 year ago

    What a fab trip down your pink memory lane!Its Definitely a great colour on you even more so now that you have silver hair.I was brought up near Rodmell,archetypal English countryside,glad that you enjoyed it.

  • suntiger replied 1 year ago

    Love that suit especially! Fuschia is so good on you :)
    Think I need to carry off Staysfit's dresses!

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Suntiger, I know, right? Staysfit has some gorgeous dresses that would look spectacular on you, too! 

    Cardiff Girl -- who knew that you and Jane would both have Rodmell connections?!? Amazing! 

    AviaMariah -- yes! It certainly draws attention. So when you wear an outfit consisting of this colour you have to be aware of that. 

    Whidbeygirl -- thanks! It's easier for me to wear this more saturated version than to wear pastels. 

    Sara, Laura, Joyce, Janet, Angie, Christina -- thank you! 

  • Laurie replied 1 year ago

    What an amazing roundup of fabness, Suz! I do always associate you with blue, so this has been enlightening. I love the striped shirt and scarf and you on the boat, as a gorgeous photo. Can't pick an outfit, there are so many great ones.

  • lisa p replied 1 year ago

    Such a fun and happy roundup , Suz :) Fuschia sure loves you back ! I can’t wear it at all , or don’t like to, but that’s ok with me - love it on those who wear it so well , like you !

  • Eliza replied 1 year ago

    Suz-great trip down memory lane; remember that stunning suit. You own all the “fuchsias”, however defined. Angie said what I was about to observe: fuchsia with silver is especially beautiful. A good time for the color to be widely available as you update your options.

  • bj1111 replied 1 year ago

    You are killing me with all your fabulosity. Don’t normally gravitate to fuchsia as it’s a hard color for me to wear. But you are convincing me otherwise.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Awww, thanks all. You're very sweet. 

    The *best* fuchsia outfit was an Annagybe suggestion. She saw the ManRepeller wear a bright pink suit with a red plaid shirt (I think -- can't find the outfit any more.) Anyway -- I tried it and did snap a pic but can't locate it!! I loved that fun outfit! 

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