In the “Brown Slacks” thread, I have been reminded once again that I am a fashion idiot. I was raised by parents who were never taught the rules of fashion themselves, and who not only don’t consider them important, but think it’s vain and a waste of time and money to worry about such things. I have a photo of myself at church at age 13 wearing a navy blue dress, black pantyhose, and white pumps. Years later, I saw this picture and realized that wasn’t right, so I guess I’ve learned a few things since then, but in the “Brown Slacks” thread I was told I shouldn’t wear a light gray shirt with tan-khaki pants. Who knew? Not me.
I’m not completely clear on which colors do and don’t match, and how you can tell. I spent a long time wearing only black clothes, not because I was goth, but because I knew I couldn’t dress myself and had given up. Then someone told me there were different shades of black and some of them didn’t match each other. That is completely unfair to the fashion-impaired. I know people judge you by the clothes you wear, regardless of whether that’s really fair, and I don’t want to hold myself back anymore.
I’m not asking for advice on what’s in style right now. I know how to look in magazines and see what’s in stores. I gravitate toward simple shirts and pants (work is pretty much anything but jeans except Friday, when jeans are allowed), so I just need to know about basic colors and styles, how to mix and match them, and maybe advice on shoes (and socks, when needed). I can’t be the only one who’s fuzzy on some of these details. I don’t aspire to be on any best-dressed lists, but I don’t want my clothes to announce to the world that I’m a clueless freak. They should have to get to know me better before they figure that out.