Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree
You've described my wardrobe (especially work-related clothes) for many, many years. A couple of years ago, I made a conscientious effort to buy clothes in colours and patterns (even florals!!). I felt like my youth has slipped away...
Despite my best efforts, I still tend to dress in dark neutrals. It's easy, classic, and generally wears better. I find an old patterned shirt or sweater tends to look more worn-out and tired than the same aged simple solid neutral one.
I think your strategy has a lot of merit.
Count me in.
OP - it is, for me anyway, extremely freeing.
The bulk or base of my clothing is black, navy, tan, brown on the bottom and white, cream, tan and grey on the top. One of my favorite combos is black pants and a good quality and well fitting grey T on top with silver jewlery. It is comfy but looks sharp.
I do have colored shirts and all those shirts match every pair of bottoms I own. I have some colored sweaters but again, they go with every bottom.
I mix it up with scarves on occasion or a really great classic, like a red cashmere sweater. (Said sweater is at least 3 years old and will last another 3 or more.)
I also find the bolded statement to be true.
I saw some patterned shirts on Lands End I liked for fall but when it came right down to it, I knew I didn't want or need something that was
1.) too memorable to wear once a week
2.) would only work with tan pants, in this case
3.) I likely won't want to wear next winter/fall.
For years, I thought anything that wasn't 100% natural fiber was awful. Now I have come to the realization that fabric that is blended with other materials like nylon or whatever is wonderful as the colors hold true, resists wrinkles, and lasts longer.