Colorblindness: How Do You Deal With It?

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  1. YoungAmerican

    YoungAmerican Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm not colorblind myself, but I know a huge number of men are... something like one in ten. Once in a while these dudes write me at Put This On asking for help, but I don't know what to tell them.

    So for those of you who are color blind, how do you deal with it?
     


  2. HRoi

    HRoi Senior member

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    I'm red/green color blind. Sartorially, I deal with it by having a lot of blue, white and grays in my wardrobe :D

    My biggest problem is reading presentations or reports where numbers are color coded with green for good and red for bad. Luckily I'm usually either the audience for those reports or the producer of them, so I tell people to use a different way :D
     


  3. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Red/Green, Blue/Purple, Yellow/Green, Red/Brown, etc here.

    Colorblind is like not having a perfect pitch; you can't tell if a note is out of tune but its god damn easy to know a cord is not in harmonic.

    So, I might not be able to tell between green and red, but I know very well which colors go well together.
     


  4. landshark

    landshark Senior member

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    Interesting. Do you see grey or see a color that you cant recognize ?
     


  5. dhfc55

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    Not colour blind myself but have a couple of friends who are.
    Have to echo above, never seems to be an issue over the whole spectrum just specifics like red-green (a common one).
    Where buying formal clothes are concerned, stick to the basics (eg classic white shirts) and it shouldn't present much in the way of problems.
     


  6. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    by percentage. i have plenty of customers who are color blind.
    vary rarely is it mentioned right away.
    some customers even seem a bit embarrassed by the problem

    I find that behavior odd. They are coming to me for shirts that they will enjoy,
    I am not judging, I just need the information to help aid the process,

    when we do discuss, the problem, i do my best to understand what they can and cannot see.
     


  7. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Colorblind does not mean that those affected wont be able to see the colors. It just means they have a very hard time telling one from the other. Sort of like tone deaf, and even them can tell if a song is out of tune.

    I do know for very severe case of color blindness they only see gray scale. But i am only blessed to be able to read only some of the color chart numbers.
     


  8. landshark

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    Interesting perspective regarding tone deaf, because I relate to that to a degree.
     


  9. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Interesting topic. I have no experience with this but were it my problem, I would use the resources of Styleforum to locate a reputable store in my area and make an appointment with said store, whereby they will have someone assigned to serve my needs.
    Just did some quick Google and thought this was interesting:
    http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/dressing-colorblind-man/

    :lurk:
     


  10. YoungAmerican

    YoungAmerican Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Do you recommend anything in particular when you're working with them?
     


  11. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Best solution is to marry a wife with excellent sartorial taste.
     


  12. HRoi

    HRoi Senior member

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    or at least one that won't mind when you wake her up every morning so she can tell you what color stuff is
     


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