Black has always been my fall back option when choosing clothes. Black pants and a black top are great value when it comes to cost per wear. Black pants can be paired with a number of tops and jackets to create many outfits. Likewise black tops can be paired with a great number of pants or skirts. Black pieces offer versatility, with the ability to take you from casual to elegant using only accessories.
But somewhere along the way black stopped being a wardrobe extender and became the main attraction. I suspect this change coincided with the arrival of children and a drop in disposable income; subsequently my wardrobe has become a black hole.
There were warning signs. My first clue came when my best friend picked me a bridesmaid dressed for her wedding and exclaimed, ‘Yay, I’ll get to see you in something other than black!’ At the time I laughed it off – I realise now – she may have been trying to stage an intervention. I’m almost ashamed to tell you that I ignored this sign and because loved the dress so much I also had one made in black. Proclaiming you can never have too many black dresses.
This year I decided I would make a conscious effort to start wearing more colour. I went shopping with the best of intentions but it proved difficult to find anything other than black. To prove a point I came home with two tops but I find myself only ever wearing one of them, and in the interest of full disclosure – the one I wear is grey, (my husband suggests it looks like a black that has faded).
Which brings me to today. The postie has delivered a parcel containing a gorgeous dress I ordered. – I pulled it out of the bag and rushed to try it on. It looks amazing. So amazing I will be wearing it to work tomorrow – I pull out the necessary accompaniments – leggings, a long sleeved top, shoes – and then I notice everything I have laid out is black. I look through my wardrobe – all of the dresses seem to be black, with the exception of my wedding dress and a couple of others. In fact my entire wardrobe seems very black.
I have recognised the need to add some colour to my wardrobe although it appears the next step of buying a colour other than black maybe a stumbling block.
Do you wear colour? Or are you in a rut like me?
The overall look of a piece of clothing is my biggest concern but comfort and cost per wear are also huge influences. What influences your choice in clothes?