Can you imagine getting fashion tips from the artist Henri Matisse? This was the lucky fate of Rosamond Bernier, author of Some of My Lives. Bernier was sent to Paris in 1947 by Vogue to cover European culture. There she hob-knobbed with some of the greatest artists of the time, including Matisse and Picasso. Now in her 90s, Bernier has been called the most glamorous lecturer on art and high culture. Put this one on your must-read list.

According to Bernier, Matisse was an immaculate man, always well-dressed and elegant in his manners. “What have you done for color today?” he would ask Bernier. At his suggestion, she wore a yellow scarf with an orange coat.

Here’s what my friend Emily Lytle Painter did for color: she discovered this plum 1960s vintage coat at a store in Noblesville, Indiana. What an eye! (Emily, we need to talk! I don’t think I can part with this one.)

Once again, I am smitten by bracelet-length, raglan sleeves. Other things I love about it: great buttons, a notched collar, luxurious satin lining, and boiled wool that make it toasty even on the coldest days. This picture was taken next to Lilly Lake at Eagle Creek Park after our first snow. It was only 17 degrees that day!

What have you done for color recently? Please share your brilliance on our Facebook page!

Life is short. Wear the good stuff.