Crossing Over to the “Solid Separates” Side
For the longest time I have had a “fear” of solid coloured garments. OK, I don’t actually run screaming when I see them, but I am always afraid that they will be too boring. Prints, no doubt about it, are fun and come in everything imaginable- from novelty prints featuring pineapples, to more classic stripes or dots. I have an abundance of patterns and colours in my wardrobe (and a weakness for a good floral pattern). For dresses, which are basically an entire outfit in one, it doesn’t matter much. But when you start trying to pair separates together, this can cause some problems when you look into your closet and see clashing stripes, florals, polkadots and geometrics staring back at you.
So, here are three reasons why solid separates are great additions to your wardrobe; and are anything but boring if, like me, you are afraid of them!
1. They go with everything. I can’t tell you how many times I have worn my solid black t-shirts or my tan “Roman Holiday” skirt. They coordinate with patterns and they coordinate with other solids, as pictured here. A good neutral basic, such as beige, black or navy, will go with almost every colour. The options for mix and matching are endless. And solids don’t automatically mean they have to be neutral colours either- you can have just as much versatility with bright colours.
2. They are classic and “vintage”. Of course people have worn prints all through history- as soon as they discovered ways to dye, paint, embroider and weave patterns into fabric. However, looking through vintage images shows a lot of solid coloured garments. I think this is because of the simple fact that they are so versatile. Clothing cost more in the past, and good quality clothing costs more today, so investing in a solid coloured skirt is often a better investment than a print, which will only coordinate with a few other pieces in your wardrobe. Solid coloured garments also recede and allow your accessories and patterns to shine. Vintage style is made of accessories- whether it’s hats, gloves, purses or shoes- so it’s nice to let them take centre stage every once in a while.
3. Solids don’t “date” as quickly and you don’t get as tired of them as quickly as prints. Although vintage/ vintage-inspired patterns and prints could be considered already “dated”, when you have pull out your hummingbird printed dress for the umpteenth time, it gets a bit boring. As much as I love my patterned garments, I do get a bit tired of them, if I wear them too often. Because they are more bold, I remember them more, and I feel like “I just wore that”, even if it has been a while. And although probably no one else notices, I do hate wearing the exact same thing too many times in a row. With solid coloured separates, you can wear them over and over, and each time change your garment pairing and accessories for a completely new look.
I’m working on creating a more cohesive wardrobe palette, and this cream skirt I picked up a few weeks ago at the thrift store is a perfect example of versatile solid separates. It goes with nearly every colour I own, except a clashing colour of cream. I paired the skirt here with a solid black t-shirt, a belt, and simple jewellery for an “everyday” dressed down look, but the next time I wear it, I will style it with one of my patterned tops for a different look.
I think that slowly I am crossing over to the “dark side” of solid separates. . . how about you? Are you a prints and patterns person, or are you drawn to solids? And, how do you mix and match your clothing to keep it feeling fresh?
This is my “oh I just happen to be nicely posed and you have a 50 mm lens pointed at me” blogger photo.
My sister and I at sunset
Now I know what I would look like with orange-red hair! 🙂
August 11, 2017 @ 11:51 am
Everything in this post! Yes!
Like you I avoided solids, especially when it came to separates. They were just too boring! When I moved to California and was being invited to Disneybounding events I realized I couldn’t really bound! As the whole concept centers around color blocking! Not something that is easily done with prints. Since moving I have bought more solids, especially separates, and they have quickly become staples of my wardrobe.
August 11, 2017 @ 9:13 pm
I’ve never thought of that before- Disney characters don’t really wear patterns do they?
Once you start solid pieces to your wardrobe, you quickly realize that they are called “wardrobe staples” for a reason 🙂
August 11, 2017 @ 3:45 pm
I love this outfit. It is so classy.
August 11, 2017 @ 9:14 pm
Aww- thanks so much Marilyn ♥
August 12, 2017 @ 7:30 am
There is a lot to be said for the simplicity of solid colors. They also focus more attention on your face, which is always a good thing. I like your new skirt very much! Your photos are always lovely, and the sunset light on the landscape is beautiful.
August 18, 2017 @ 10:58 am
The sunlight that night really was beautiful- thanks! 🙂
And, you are one of my greatest inspirations for coming to realize that solids are not boring- you always wear them so well!
August 13, 2017 @ 1:49 am
It took me ages to realise all of this! It can indeed be hard pairing things up when faced with so many prints. Like Marilyn says, this is a classy look – not boring at all! X
August 18, 2017 @ 10:59 am
Thanks Porcelina! You are right- I don’t mind pairing a few patterns together, but too many and it just looks like a mess!
August 14, 2017 @ 4:01 pm
Great shaped skirt, that was a good find!
August 18, 2017 @ 11:00 am
I was pretty happy I found it too 🙂 Especially since thrifting can be so hit and miss!