I Don't Know How To Wear Anything Other Than Black And White

I OWN the white T-shirt game.
Publish date:
February 14, 2014
clothing, leather jackets, t-shirts, colors, denim jackets

I love shopping and fashion. I look at all the new collections each season and pick out which pieces are my favorite.

When it comes to buying designer items, I’m very cautious with what I pick because it’s usually expensive and I want it to last a while. The thought of buying a $500 dress is frightening unless I know I will wear it more than a handful of times. I usually buy clothes that are black so I can wear them more often. I’m not going to wear a neon yellow shirt as much as a plain white T-shirt, so I rarely buy colors.

I’ll go to TopShop or Zara and spend 30 minutes picking out items, but when I get to the dressing room I always have the same things: white or black shirt, gray sweater, jeans, and a denim or leather jacket. I would love to wear a colorful dress with blue shoes or anything with a pattern, but I talk myself out of it because I know I’ll never wear it.

I’m a cartoon character who wears the same outfit every day Remember the bully from Doug, Roger Klotz? That’s basically me.

When I wear a white T-shirt, it’s a really amazing white T-shirt. I OWN the white T-shirt game. So far, Alexander Wang has the best tees. I found a store in London called Selfridges where I bought a few sleeveless tees, too. Rag and Bone has been stepping their T-shirt game up lately, and Vince has an amazing selection as well.

I know I went kinda crazy at the Peter Pilotto for Target sale, but that stuff was fairly inexpensive, and I actually don’t own any other crazy prints at all. I’m hoping to force myself into wearing most of it. I genuinely love crazy designs and colors, but for some reason I’m hesitant to wear them myself.

Black seems sophisticated. At least that’s how I view it. When I moved to New York, I started wearing mostly black. It just seemed fitting. My winter jackets are all black, my boots are mostly black, and my pants are mostly black. It’s obviously the most chic (and depressing) color.

I’m obsessed with the idea of being a minimalist. I also rarely wear accessories, and I just got my ears pierced three months ago. Color is complicated. I don’t think I have an eye for colors. My roommate can put together the craziest outfits that look amazing, but when I mix colors I feel like I just look like someone from the early 90s.

Colors trigger moods, so am I triggering sadness or emptiness by wearing black and white all the time? Am I thinking WAY too deep into this? The rare times when I do add color, it’s usually a pastel or blue, nothing too bright. I don’t want to stand out too much. Maybe wearing neutral colors comes from a childhood of being shy and not trying to draw attention to myself?

I know I have unique taste in fashion and I’ll often get complimented on pieces. I’ve been told my bag is cute (it’s a black leather Alexander Wang bag) but is it really cute? It’s just black and leather. A little yellow Marc Jacobs bag is cute. I bought my bag because it literally matches everything in my wardrobe. If I’m going to spend almost a thousand dollars on a bag, I’m going to use the sh*t out of it for at least a few years.

I'm a huge fan of Alexander Wang because he is basically the king of black and white. His designs are anything but boring, though. He's been incorporating more color lately which is great. I do love that pop of color in each of these looks from his new collection:

Another collection that had surprisingly MORE black and white was the Alice & Olivia one:

Theory had some great black and white, too:

I love black and white, but sometimes I feel it's like the easy way out. They're so universal that they've become a no-brainer. The last thing I want to be is boring, but am I too boring just wearing black, white, and jeans all the time?

Does anyone have a problem with buying colors or should I stop whining and try it out?