My primary lesson from MMM'11 is that I wear a heck of a lot of dark colors in winter. Subconsciously, I think I knew that all my formal/versatile work pieces were black or dark gray, but I didn't realize how much black and gray that was until I started reviewing the daily outfit photos. Even my bright accent pieces, while fun and interesting, didn't do enough to lift the funereal mood. It's time to stop with the black and dark gray and start in on some lighter neutrals. Recently I thrifted a light gray wool jumper and a medium blue wool pencil skirt, which I think will be a nice start.
Ah, that's better! Color AND pattern AND lightness! In spring/summer I think this will be less of a problem, but I know how easy it is for me to default to gray or black to "anchor" an outfit, and I should try to mix that up with other neutrals instead. Or, view the neutrals as the accent piece and the colors as the main course!
So, what's on tap for spring/summer? Dresses, for one! I've finally caught the dress bug and I think they'll be super fun, layered under a little cardigan or maybe a blazer if I really need to bring on the formalness. Prints, too. My mom likes to tell me how there was some crazy Italian designer in the 80's whose MO was to layer pattern on top of pattern on top of pattern, the more the better the bolder the better the louder the better, and when I was about five I was looking through a magazine with her and stopped at his page and said, "Ooooh, I like that." I'm so glad that patterning prints are currently viewed as non-clashing ... and somehow suspect that I will continue to dress this way once fashion trends have reversed course, once again. Which means ... bring on the prints, baby!