It seemed like a reasonable idea. Certainly the leopard print Boden jacket went with the golden brown cords ("ginger", from Talbots). I thought the small B/W polka dot tee was a pretty good match in tone and scale of print, especially when leopard is practically a neutral. And I love those three pieces of clothing, and felt comfy and cute and thrifty all day.
I thought I detected an odd look or two at work, though. "Did she dress in the dark?" "Is she mildly colorblind and thought the tee was dark brown?" Especially since the previous day I was complimented a half dozen times on my outfit.
How much do we dress to please others and how much to please ourselves? For me, there isn't much difference. I get a lot of pleasure from a friend's compliment, and as I said above, wearing favorite pieces is like a snuggly (but not itchy) sweater in January.