“Women who wear black, lead colorful lives.” – Neiman Marcus

Catherine Deneuve – Walter Carone, photographer

I set up my blog back in August of 2014, soon after I began experimenting with writing. It took me a year to actually take it seriously. This was shortly after enrolling in WordPress’ blogging university courses. One of the tricks they teach you is to give your blog a unique and eye catching name. At that time I chose: Meg Sorick Writes Better Than She Dresses, and used the tag line: “She tried to look picturesque but only succeeded in being untidy.” – a quote from Oscar Wilde’s A Picture Of Dorian Grey. Looking back, I’m trying and failing to remember why I assumed such a self deprecating position. I’m neither untidy nor a bad dresser. I do, however have a simple approach. My wardrobe is nearly automated.

Within the drawers of my bureau you will find black short sleeved shirts, black long sleeved shirts, black cardigan sweaters and black undergarments. In my closet, hang black dresses, blouses, skirts, jackets and slacks. There is a shelf for denim and another for my black handbags. I have black boots, tall and short, black stilettos, black ballet flats and black Crocs that I wear while I’m working at my ‘real’ job. All I have to do in the morning when I’m getting dressed is choose the next clean, black item in the queue and I’m ready to go. You will not believe how freeing this feels! And no it’s not boring, there is still a variety in the styles that I wear. I just never have to worry about coordinating anything I’m putting on my body. I always know it will match AND that it will look good. Ever see yourself in an old photo and cringe at what you were wearing? My system eliminates that from happening.

Apparently, there are a lot of people who feel like time is wasted worrying about clothing when you could be thinking about more important things. Examples include Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, President Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and Christopher Nolan. I hear you saying, “But those are all men…” How about this? Fashion editors Carrie Donovan and Grace Coddington, writer Fran Liebowitz and R&B star Janell Monae all wear black or black and white every day. Actress Drew Barrymore has recently written about minimizing her wardrobe.

In addition to running a chiropractic practice -albeit part time- I’m also writing, editing and researching nearly full time AND if you’re paying attention, you know I’ve also got my creative irons in a couple other fires. I don’t have time to think about my next outfit! There is work to be done and fun to be had! So I’m belting up my black bathrobe to have my first cup of black coffee before showering and dressing in the next black thing. Hmm, maybe I’ll wear a skirt today…

25 thoughts on ““Women who wear black, lead colorful lives.” – Neiman Marcus

  1. I think you’re onto something, Doc. I’m kinda in your boat too. I wear charcoal gray scrubs to work every day. Easy breezy. Once home, its jeans and a tee, and a sweater or sweatshirt. Coordinated? Not my concern. The only time I’m truly put together is when I’m going out or if J helps. Otherwise, I don’t think about clothes at all. 😃

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    1. It’s so much less time consuming. Plus I’m just uncomfortable in bright colors. Black never looks bad! 😃 I always joke that I’d do well in a situation where I wore a uniform… like prison! 😜

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  2. I love this! In the last 14 years I’ve reduced my wardrobe to about 1/4 what it used to be. My husband has at least double the wardrobe as me! Lol. I need to do what you’ve done and make it even not simple! Plus, I stopped coloring my hair about 8 months ago, so silver goes well with black!

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    1. Awesome! It really is so much easier, and you don’t need a lot of storage then either. I haven’t gotten to the point of not coloring my hair yet…. heaven knows what color I am now!

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      1. That’s good, because we don’t have much storage. We are still in our 5 year house, 20 years later, and we now have two kids and very little space! Lol. My hair will take forever to grow out at its current length, but I’m committed now. Thanks for the inspiration, Meg.

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  3. Meg in the klink…perish the thought. All that should matter is that you seem to have a system that works. That’s it. Beach had a great idea -black scrubs. But all this black can lead to questions like this “Do you listen to a lot of Johnny Cash ?”. Throw on some color when nobodies expecting it and watch the heads turn. Prison stripe PJ’s I can see. But real prison clothes a bright orange.

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