I will need to post some more WIW's! My statements are much more statement-y than this.
Rachy, I wear LOTS of statements. It's rare for me to have a non-statement outfit. I'm more likely to wear multiple statements.
Good call, Jenn. Those toe shoe flats are statements, not essentials. I got caught up in the color thing. But the others really are essentials. When I want a neutral flat, I want it to be *interesting*... hence the lack of ordinary ballet flats (and my difficulty finding navy, since I'm picky).
Legwear, though... it's virtually always paired with a statement outfit, either a dress, or a top and skirt. I do not want eyes to go to my legwear first; I just don't want my legs and feet to fade away into darkness. I also don't like the high contrast of black tights with lighter colored dress/skirt.
I'm rather subdued today. I'm wearing the black turtleneck and blue
dress in the finds, with the dark-background floral tights and maroon
chunky t-strap pumps. The floral tights aren't the statement; it's the
dress against the black, and my shoes ditto.
I wear a LOT of dresses. I can think of very few dresses I have that are NOT statements... and to be honest, I can't think of a true non-statement dress I've managed to wear recently. These two ASOS dresses in Finds are perilously close to non-statement for me, despite the color, since they are darker and have so little detailing. I tend to style them with flashier jewelry and non-black leg- and foot-wear. The Modcloth dress is one of my favorites, and I tend to pair it with black, gray, or rose gold depending on the weather and my mood. The dress is still always the statement.
Liz, good call to combine the leg coverings. I'm not sure the value of dividing up the skirts, though. They're all essentials, and not statements for me (even the black quilted one).
It really is interesting, Style Fan! There is SO much variation.