I think I'm finally catching on, and it's helping me understand an impulse I've had trouble figuring out.

I love the way berries look together--raspberry, blackberry, ripe strawberry, blueberry, cranberry, and blush pink. Wearing them together tonally just seems lux and well put together. That's my stated goal for my wardrobe. But then I keep finding myself distracted by bright red, blue, and green. What's up with that? It's been fairly consistent.

Angie or others who "get" this, please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the berries are becoming my essentials. Some days I want to wear them all together in that harmonious tonal matching kind of way, but other times I want something to stand out, and that something could be another berry color, or it could be one (or more) of those other colors, against a backdrop of soothing berry color, my new neutral, in essential pieces.

Have I got it?

One other complication is that the berries aren't always the essentials in the background. When I wear them with brown or green, as happens more than I realized would happen, the brown is never the statement, always the supporting act. So in those cases, the brown or green is the essential and the berry is the star. Is that right?