I would love to include black, but i have animals...and dirt. Black shows every hair, feather and smudge. My "go to" basic colors are brown, olive and tan. I add in teal, turquoise, celedon, coral and light coral. For more 'formal' dressing I always wear bold red, because I am a healthy, striking red-head and I'm gonna stand out anyway. I do wear capes and everyone should. They are comfortable and versatile. I have one for work that I can button up to make a basket for gathering, like I do my aprons in the summer. Aprons are a life saver for harvesting, gathering kindling. cooking and preserving. For shoes I mostly wear Converse or similar canvas shoes, yes, even for dressy. I'm eccentric enough to get away with it. They can be thrown in the wash. I have a good sturdy pair of "muck boots' that are many years old, they just hose off. I do make my own clothing and it is not hard to learn. There are so many tutorials on patterns and designs on pinterest and sew alongs.