But I try once a year, on average, to add a little color to my wardrobe. I honestly couldn't tell you what happened to that pretty emerald green dress or the hot pink ballet flats, but I can share this season's attempt at some color.
The challenge: one complete outfit, no black (or shades of black, i.e. gray). I went with Old Navy for the whole thing because I didn't want to spend a lot with the chance these things might end up living in the back of my closet forever and ever.
So what I'm trying to figure out now is how to wear this to work. Without people keeling over from shock because they've only seen me wear black and gray for most of the past six (okay, eight) months. Even in July. I wear a nude pinkish cape thingy every now and then, but it's a neutral so I don't think it counts. This outfit isn't just "not black," it has "color!" (and I don't use exclamation points gratuitously.)
I'm thinking a gradual introduction (since this is really a "spring" outfit) of color over the next month or so, then break out the whole shebang. I also picked up a bright pink tank, a green cardigan-type layering shirt, and a lightweight spring scarf with pink in it.
So yeah, out of the fashion rut, I rise! (that one was pretty gratuitous).