In 2012 a study of two thousand men and women revealed our favourite colours. Blue was an across-the-board favourite for both men and women. For women, purple followed closely as the next favourite. Green was third, followed by red, pink and yellow. Orange came stone last.

This brings me to the final poll of the year. We’re skipping predictable blue, and making a choice between purple and orange. Any shade of purple and orange counts. From the lightest of lilac and peach to the richest coral, orchid, lavender and Dutch orange, right through to earthy burnt orange and royal eggplant.

My friends, family and clients validate the statistic. There is generally much more love for all shades of purple than there is for any shade of orange. My dear Dad, Greg and I however much prefer orange to purple. None of us have purple in our wardrobes. My Dad has been wearing orange checked shirts and knitwear for as long as I can remember. Greg doesn’t wear orange, but fancies it in our home decor, likes the way it’s featured across the Netherlands because it’s the national colour, and he loves it on me. I wear all shades of orange. Peach, coral, Dutch orange and burnt orange — I love it all. My favourite shade of red is tomato, which is a very orangey-red. We bat for Team Orange. 

Over to you. Do you bat for Team Purple or Team Orange? Tell us why. Absolutely no batting for both teams, although you can enjoy hot fudge sundaes on the bench if you can’t make a choice.

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