After I reported to you about how women were dressing in London (see here), I kept mulling over that idea of the four garments in the same color… There’s certainly no reason that they have to be black! I think we can agree than many of us don’t wear black, and that there’s a lot of other options available.So I replicated the same idea in brown:
Something I saw only a few times in London,but that I wanted to share, is women wearing their matching turtleneck and tights with a dress over it. While this will only work with the rarest of dresses it’s worth remembering. A dress that’s too bare for cooler weather, too dressy for day, or just well-suited to layering will work here. And a denim shirtdress is made for this. Many people will find this too “school uniform-ish”, but some of us will get new mileage from an old favorite this way. (Imagine the possibilities when you travel between widely varying climates…)
Another way that I saw the solid core being worn was with contrasting trousers. This is a great way to calm down a vivid pair of patterned pants, but it’s also a good chance to slightly dress up jeans or khakis…
One of the essential things to remember, if you’re going to layer tee shirts and turtlenecks under something as potentially constricting as a dress, is to look for pieces made for layering. These from Lands’ End are made with that in mind, and they come in a mountain of colors, both neutral and accent…
The most difficult part of doing this with an accent color is going to be finding items that match or are close enough to blend well. Tights are probably the weak link; be sure to take garments with you when you’re in search!
And while it’s a very uncommon situation, remember that if you’re wearing a valuable vintage piece (like the bone dress shown below), wearing something under it is one way to minimize the wear on the garment. Just be certain that your turtleneck has been laundered and won’t bleed color onto your antique treasure!
I think it’s worth considering this approach when you’re thinking about introducing a new color into your wardrobe – especially a new neutral. For example, if you wanted to migrate from black to grey, buying three grey garments and some tights would give you a lot of options for wearing your existing wardrobe in a new way, and to test-drive how much you like grey.
I double-dog dare someone to buy those chevron print pants…