Most useful items in your wardrobe?

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libertychick Sun 12-Jan-14 15:19:21

I'm trying to make more of what I already have so looking at the most versatile/useful items I have and would love to know everyone's 'must have's' so I can steal ideas! Jeans are a given!!

I'll kick off...

Black ankle boots Took me ages to find a pair that suited - now I wonder how I dressed myself without them.

Plain grey Gap sweater - works with absolutely everything, even for work if I put a shirt underneath.

Grey H&M a-line above knee skirt I have worn this to work once a week, every week since I bought it!! It's getting a bit tatty TBH smile

M&S blue cashmere cardi Warm (tick), Good fit (tick), flattering shape (tick), works for casual or work (tick), lovely colour (tick)

There are other items I wouldn't be without but those are the most worn items.

Hello stranger!

Boots v similar to yours
Brown Chelsea boots
Brown leather Converse
Brown leather handbag
Biker jacket
Whistles tube skirts (just about live in these)
Black cashmere jumper
Grey 'smart' sweatshirt
Black jersey dress
Long sleeved scoop neck t-shirts in black and grey
Long length vests in black and grey
Loads of pairs of opaques and lots of scarves

Cocolepew Sun 12-Jan-14 15:32:52

Brown leather Converse
Navy and brown leather Converse
Grey sweatshirt
Lots of scarves
Longish v neck white t shirt
Blue and grey stripey woolly jumper
Black leather bag
Grey boyfriend cardi
Royal blue and lime Addidas trainers

Financeprincess Sun 12-Jan-14 15:36:35

What's on your list, Libertychick (although I prefer black and grey cardis), plus:

Black ballet pumps

Black single sole stiletto pumps


Black wool three quarter length coat.

Black silk sleeveless tie neck top.

Black jersey sleeveless slash neck top.

Black skinny trousers.

Turquoiseblue Sun 12-Jan-14 15:40:46

Great idea

60 denier opaque s
grey (crew neck) sweater too!
Cashmere wrist warmers in grey, cream,mustard
Chambray shirt
Black ankle boots
Metallic grey ankle boots
Indigo mih skinnies
Grey oasis skinnies ('cherry' I think best wash and fit ever.)
Tan cross body hobo
Metallic grey cross body satchel
Correctly fitted bra
Favourite hat

MarshaBrady Sun 12-Jan-14 15:43:54

Ankle boots with low heel or flat - petty boots
Lots of ts in plain bright colours
Wool grey shorts
Big scarf
Good coat
Comfortable knitwear

MarshaBrady Sun 12-Jan-14 15:45:11

Ballet flats
Good simple heels
Small bag
Even, dark indigo skinnies

For me it's....

Burberry trench
Brown suede ankle boots from Office
Jaeger tote
Primark black skinnies
Marant Ariana jacket
Jack wills plain black cashmere jumper
Zara patent block heel ballet shoes

One of the most useful things I have is a stretch fabric long sleeved top with a small paisley pattern.
Backgrown colour is dark brown, it has a beige, red and dark green in the paisley and a black to outline each shape.
It goes with so much, doesn't need ironed and hangs beautifully

My M&S 5 pocket jeggings (love) in washed indigo

a stretchy black and white top - nice casual or can do smart

But to be a bit more precise, my pj's from Next.

Sorry, I see nobody mentioned brands. Feel like a pillock now ..heh

EeyoreIsh Sun 12-Jan-14 15:58:51

One particular scarf I love.

My winter boots.

A gorgeously soft grey cardigan.

chocolatecheesecake Sun 12-Jan-14 16:04:46

Long h&m and hush vests in navy, teal and white (other colours too but these are the most worn)

Dorothy Perkins Eden jeggings in navy, denim and teal

Gap real straight jeans worn rolled up (not at the moment tho!)

Gap navy circle hem wool jumper or other jumper/ tshirt

Becksondergaard scarf

Ankle boots
Boden navy waxed parka

Work uniform somewhat different but that's my core mum outfit

Leverette Sun 12-Jan-14 16:08:19

Dark indigo jeans

Black jeans

Stone/grey chinos/linen trousers

Tan leather knee boots

Various ankle boots in leather/suede, tan/chocolate/grey

Grey Hunter wellies

Large tan leather tote

Breton tops in blues/red/grey/mint green

Plain tops in taupe/grey/blush/white

Grey cashmere sweaters/cardigans

Olive parka

Grey Merrell Wakefield

Probably v dull and unimaginative but I'm often told I'm well dressed and it's an easy wardrobe that doesn't need much thought of a morning.

TeacupDrama Sun 12-Jan-14 16:18:15

mid blue scoop neck cashmere jumper had it years that exactly matches harris tweed skirt expensive but worn for years still look good,
pink shades pashmina which is great with black or navy and to keep warm on flights; around LBD
brown knee high boots which look great with skirts

Twinklestein Sun 12-Jan-14 16:24:41

Well fitting trousers in black, brown, grey, beige.

Pencil skirts in black, brown, beige, cream.

Cashmere cardis in neutral colours to wear with everything, jewel colours to wear in winter, pale colours for spring/summer.

Jumper dresses in different colours

Selection of good quality patterned tights - MaxMara, Oroblu, Trasparenze for funking up jumper dresses & skirts

Faux fur/ shearling gilets

Slimfitting stretch knee boots in black and brown

Comfortable wedge heeled ankle boots

Selection of cotton cardis plain and printed - leopard print, snake print, floral

Wrap dresses

Pair of really comfortable black 'walking around in' shoes

Ememem84 Sun 12-Jan-14 16:26:54

Skinny jeans.
Brown leather flat knee high boots
Warehouse wrap dress.
Ballet flats - Black and Tan
Long line grey cashmere cardigan
White Tshirts

enormouse Sun 12-Jan-14 16:46:06

Dark indigo skinny jeans
Black skinny jeans
Tailored olive green coat
Black leather biker jacket
Ankle boots
Dark green converse
White shirt
Dark grey and black striped top
Assorted cardigans and scoop necked t shirts.

Am looking for the perfect leather satchel and pair of flats and I think that'll be me sorted (sartorially anyway).

Specialbrew Sun 12-Jan-14 16:55:03

- Navy single breasted trench coat for the 200 days of the year it rains
- Charcoal grey crombie style coat for the 100 days of the year it's really cold
- Long black tuxedo jacket for the 50 days it's just a little bit chilly
- Chinos all year around (rolled up in summer)
- Cotton shirts all year around (different weights)
- Black Chelsea boots in winter, tan brouges or Supergra in summer

Quite dull but it makes getting dressed very easy (and shopping even easier!).

I also have a black Vivienne Westwood dress for nights out and a ( very old) Paddy Campbell cocktail dress for more formal occasions

yourehavingalaugh Sun 12-Jan-14 17:14:56

Black tight stretchy top, hole in sleeve, worn it so much
black skinny jeans, seams starting to fray, worn them so much
red floaty top, if in doubt for evening outfit, wear this
black flat shoes with jewels, wear them even for work
grey converse
black and white check dress, wear once a week for work
christmas coat, gets an outing only once or twice a year but doesn't date

I've just noticed - too much black!

LouiseAderyn Sun 12-Jan-14 18:56:14

purple calf length fly boots ( I live in those at the moment)

ballet flats


black ankle boots

jumper dresses

stretch skinnies

knee length water resistant coat

ankle length wool coat

leather jacket

cross body bag

pj's because, honestly I would prefer not to get dressed

ShreddedHoops Sun 12-Jan-14 19:25:34

A good coat - I can feel rubbish but if I have a good coat and also good highlights (cheating as that's not clothes!) then the world is my oyster.

And a few good pairs of jeans - currently Diesel distressed skinnies, J Brand taupe skinnies and Primark black skinnies. I can then alternate cheap tops - I find it more important to have good jeans and I can get away with cheaper tops.

That's it really - for work, a variety of dresses to wear with opaques and plain black shoes, and one or two new 'going out' dresses each season.

Oh and a special mention to M and S high heels, the £20 ones - so comfy and make my legs look good, perfect shape of heels for me, I have 3 pairs in various colours.

Booby prize goes to the countless cheap tops I buy every summer - why, just why?

QueenCadbury Sun 12-Jan-14 20:47:23

Hi liberty, the most useful things in my wardrobe are..
My jeans (straight leg and bootcut )
Coloured cardigans

But the things I find most useful for changing the look is accesories. I have a few coloured belts and I love jewellery for adding interest and colour too. Also I find my coloured handbags great for adding colour especially when I'm just in jeans and a navy coat.

libertychick Sun 12-Jan-14 21:02:17

<Waves to Remus> I have been hiding out on the Vogue thread and not taking part in the rest of S&B much – still stalking you on pin though! YY to leather converse, I love my grey ones.

Great replies – thanks all. I am making a very useful list.

Definitely need some long vests, Hush look good.
Tan ankle boots - Marsha has me wanting some Edelman Pettys or something similar.
Parka’s on a lot of lists! I also need a new one of those. I have a Warehouse one that is about 8 years old and really needs to be retired.
It’s quite comforting to see I have lot of what’s mentioned and I’m not the only one with multiples of certain things (looking at Leverette my stripy top twin) smile
I also want to replace my favourite grey boyfriend cardi – I got it in Zara about 9 years ago – it’s silk and cashmere mix. It cost £50 which was a fortune to me at the time but it has definitely earned its keep.

BTW Toasted I find it useful when people mention brands as it makes it easier to know where to look and I like the idea of wardrobes that mix up primark and Marant!

LinusDKD Sun 12-Jan-14 21:04:02

Hi liberty

My most usefull things are:

My black bikers
Black and Navy Jalouses (a bit late to the party, but better late than never)
Skinnies in a dark wash (finally took the plunge after lurking on MNV and I love them)
Hush Rosie dresses
Navy trench coat
Longsleeved tees
Bracelets and bangles
Scarves, scarves and more scarves
Ballet flats
And a nice handbag ;-)

libertychick Sun 12-Jan-14 21:04:44

QueenC you have reminded me about accessories. I definitely need some belts - for some weird reason I resent paying for them grin. I like nice quality leather ones and then go all ho hum about spending £20 - £40 on something that's frequently hidden under a jumper!

Hardly been pinning lately, tbh. Am broke, and hate pretty much everything in the shops anyway.

H&M long vests are pretty decent, and only £4.

libertychick Sun 12-Jan-14 21:11:01

You have pinned some great hairstyles Remus. Good point re H&M vests - I haven't gone in there in ages.

The hardest working items in my wardrobe are a bit maverick:

High tops - various (Ash, Isabel Marant, Jimmy Choo, Converse)
Skinnies - same style of Goldsign in three colours
Graphic t-shirts (Kenzo, Cecile, Uniqlo, Zoe Karssen)
Sweatshirts/Zip up hoodies - (American Apparel, james Perse, Zoe Karssen)
Plaid shirts - Uniqlo
Jersey dresses - Me&Em ones best, seem to work for any occasion
Cashmere jumpers - both v and crew neck
Ankle boots - Jalouse/pistols/bikers

QueenCadbury Sun 12-Jan-14 21:16:21

liberty I know what you mean about belts. They're hardly seen but they do give a nice flash of colour when they are. I've got a couple from other stories and also esprit do nice ones.

cherriesblossom Sun 12-Jan-14 21:19:32

This is such a good idea for a thread..thank u!

I had all my hair cut off! smile

libertychick Sun 12-Jan-14 21:21:32

I think a decent belt definitely makes you look more 'pulled together' QueenC and like you have thought about an outfit. I just have an arbitrary mean streak!

Thanks Amber you have reminded me I want a plaid shirt.

libertychick Sun 12-Jan-14 21:22:21

Oh wow Remus how drastic was the cut? Did you have very long hair before?


Suede mid heeled courts in black and navy
L/P courts
Black pencil skirt suit
Silk t shirts
Silk camisoles
Cashmere sweaters
Camel coloured wool coat
Smart navy coat
L/P scarf
Dark wash skinnies
Oversize coat
Oversized wool scarf
Leather converse

From long bob to long pixie. Intend to go even shorter in a week or two.

It's a slightly longer version of this right now

libertychick Sun 12-Jan-14 21:31:58

Fab - Remus - I love it! I wanted Natalie Imbruglia's hair when that video came out and now I have Torn stuck in my head

I have been debating what to do with my hair for ages, really like the styles you have pinned but I am cursed with fine, thick, frizzy hair so tend to look like my Granny when it goes too short.

libertychick Sun 12-Jan-14 21:33:34

MissB - what does L/P stand for? Great list BTW. Wish I could wear a camel coat, they look so elegant but the colour washes me out completely.

Lol. Mine is fine, thick and flat so going shorter has given it back some life.

Oh, that S & B staple, leopard print grin

Camel is one of my better colours. Makes me look put together.

Now going through everyone else's lists saying "ooh, I need one of those".

Oh blimey Liberty you know if doing a bit of thinking about my wardrobe don't you.
The most useful things in my wardrobe, and those I wear the most often,are my neutral basics;

Tan bag
Black bag
Black and brown knee boots
Tan calf length boot
Black suede wedge lace ups
Animal print slipper flat
Black suede slipper flat
Black straight leg trouser
Black a line above knee skirt
Fitted cotton cardigans in range of colours
White cotton shirt
Cream silk shirt
Black waterproof coat (work)
Down filled parka
Camel coat
Stone biker
Animal print scarf

NewBeginningsSnoopy Sun 12-Jan-14 22:32:17

Boring but warm Next mum coat
Polo neck dress
Jumpers & polo necks

I have way too much occasion stuff and way too little every day stuff! Desperately need really nice flat black or flattish ankle boots! :-(

fedup21 Sun 12-Jan-14 22:34:59

Fly London wedges-so comfortable!
Mid blue skinnies
Fat Face scarves
Fab leather across body bag
Brown warm jumper dress
Wallis thick black leggings
Navy coat
Monsoon winter hat
long Uniqlo vest tops-very stretchy and great to wear underneath other tops.

I now NEED some beauuutiful black high heels which are comfortable for a party. Any suggestions!? Comfort is the key as I just won't wear them again if they aren't, but searches for comfortable shoes, just don't hit the spot ;)

fedup21 Sun 12-Jan-14 22:37:52

I'd like a pair of boots like this (which my neice has!) but in a size 5!

Any ideas!?

NewBeginningsSnoopy Sun 12-Jan-14 22:57:54

Oh! The thing I wear the most is a shift dress from H&M.

goodasitgets Mon 13-Jan-14 00:07:47

M&S 5 pocket indigo jeggings
Maidenform leggings (flexees) in black
OTK brown flat riding boots
Chocolate UGGS blush
Waist belt
Matalan dress - it's a v neck, stretchy casual, have it in two prints
Black plain jersey shrug
Extra long vest tops for layering

InaneNameChange Mon 13-Jan-14 04:21:15

Black woolen tights
Fitted soft cashmere/wool dresses in red/brown/grey/pink/white/black
Pretty scarves
Sleeveless quite intricate white linen and lace top (bought in '98)
Knee high boots
White trainers for running around in
Pair of black flat leather shoes for running around in
Grey snakeskin leather skinny belt
Snuggly polo neck
Beautiful wool coat
Military fitted wool jacket
Mimi Holliday underwear
Sparkly sequin beret
Tweed fishtail skirt

I LOVE jeans but am on a severe budget (basically I can buy food and not much else) for a while and my jeans are years old and knackered, . So I have a belt which I can't use with the jeans. Dammit!

bettykt Mon 13-Jan-14 06:42:32

Various shades of grey skinnies
Silver leather converse
High top Converse
Black Ash Jalouse
A Good coat
Black Ballet flats
Vest in a multitude of colours
Olive duvet parka
Cashmere Cardis in various styles and colours
Tan knee high boots
Black knee high boots
L/p scarf
Becksondergaard scarf

I have a big gap in my wardrobe for nice shirts and going out tops, will concentrate on this area this year.

Floisme Mon 13-Jan-14 09:15:36

Tube skirts - Me & Em and Whistles wearing much better than Top Shop
Slouchy V-necked jumpers - Uniqlo, one size up although the quality is very hit and miss
Scoop-necked vests/long sleeved Ts
Interesting necklace - anywhere on the high street
Grey Carvella biker boots from TK Maxx
Heavy duty Spanx tights - also from the Maxx
Decent bra - I was wearing 32B - turns out I'm 28F!
Padded, waterproof coat - I should have looked around and spent more as I'm wearing it every sodding day.

MissScatterbrain Mon 13-Jan-14 10:22:51

Interesting thread. Here in winter are my can't do without staples:

Long black boots
Black ankle boots

Down coat
Black pea coat
Down gilets

Black skinnies
Indigo skinnies
Indigo straight cut jeans

Cord/denim above knee skirts
Several long sleeve tops in bright colours/stripes
Cashmere/merino/wool jumpers in neutrals
A couple of dresses (black & charcoal) that can be layered with long sleeved tops

Thermal underwear

Some of these change by season though - Spring/Autumn weather would see me wearing cardigans, fine knit jumpers and ballet flat shoes.

MissScatterbrain Mon 13-Jan-14 10:23:48

And lots of scarves/snoods!!

libertychick Mon 13-Jan-14 12:39:13

Thanks everyone - at work so will catch up properly later and review the additional lists! Lots of ideas here - more welcome smile

MrsPeacockDidIt Mon 13-Jan-14 13:20:10

At home:
grey and blue skinnies (tesco, next)
stripey tops
long cardigans (mostly shades of grey/silver) (jigsaw, M&S, gap and sainburys)
Sweatshirts (grey/cream, sparkle grey, raspberry pink)
black ankle boots (rocket dog)
grey ankle boots (reiker)
bright plain t-shirts (mostly esprit who do a lot of tops in my HOC spring colours).
Denim shirt (tesco bargain)
Faxu leather leggings (next)

At work:
grey wide leg trousers
blue wide leg trousers trousers
Coloured tops (as above)
Long cardigans (as above) plus 2 x Ted Baker waterfalls
Jumper dress (boden)
Me&Em ruched maxi dress

Looks a bit boring all writen down like that but I'm trying to pull my style together a bit so it's a work in progress!

Thinking about gaps:

Because I hate being big busted, I avoid buying tops. That means I've got lots of plain black or grey t-shirts and jumpers and v little else. I need a couple of good 'going out' tops to wear with jeans, and a couple of nice tops to wear with a pencil skirt and blazer for work.

Also, I need some sort of light jacket to wear on less cold but wet days - some sort of lightweight parka or similar.

Specialbrew Mon 13-Jan-14 18:54:04

Think someone mentioned Spanx up thread. Totally agree on this

I've only recently discovered these, and I must say that now (post pregnancy) these are pretty essential under tight fitting dresses. Being a 28f I've always understood the importance of a good bra, but was late to the whole sucky-in pants thing. Transformative!

blondambition Mon 13-Jan-14 19:05:47

J Brand 912s - Dark wash & black
Joseph leather leggings - navy and olive
Topshop Baxters in burgundy
Will dig out houlihans and chinos again in spring/summer

Uniqlo Heattech l/s tees under everything this time of year
Boden cap sleeve lace tops for smarter
Silk shirts

Whistles dark green cashmere dress
Cos longline jumpers - navy, olive & a heavier navy/mix melange
Maison Scotch jumpers - neutral & rosewood pink
Uniqlo cashmere jumpers - black & petrol
Iris & Ink Grey cable cashmere

Taupe Ash high tops
Maje black studded high tops
Pale suede Pistols
Ash black studded bikers
Boden leopard heels
Boden leopard pointy flats
Timberland boys brown waterproof boots. What I mainly end up wearing instead of the ^ lately hmm

Tan Mulberry Antony messenger, goes with everything

scarlet76 Mon 13-Jan-14 19:13:51

Day wear:
Tan leather across body satchel style bag
Black Ash Jalouse ankle boots
Skinnys (blue and black)
Blue stripe shirt
camel cashmere crewneck jumper
navy breton

Nights out:
Black crepe skater style dress
cream long sleeve blouse
black wool shorts
leopard print heels
long string of pearls

ShreddedHoops Mon 13-Jan-14 19:20:18

Have lots of you just written out your entire wardrobe? grin

justasecond Mon 13-Jan-14 20:13:16

Lots of great ideas here.

Blondambition I also bought those Timberland boots to wear in the snow!
My staples atm are
grey Zara hooded wraparound slouchy coat
Dark brown all saints leather jacket
dark grey and idigo skinnies
navy and black ankle zip cords
black leather bag that can be worn cross body
grey cashmere jumper
cream cable knit jumper
various cos jumper dresses, grey, forest green and navy
dark brown biker style boots
brown ankle boots (am still looking for the perfect black pair)
wine colour cashmere oversized scarf
chambray shirt.
Umm actually I think that is almost my entire winter wardrobe

blondambition Mon 13-Jan-14 20:15:59

blush Shredded it does look a bit like that, I might have slightly missed the point! No, I have a lot more clothes, but went through and made a mental list of my favourite things.
It has got me thinking that I need to do a bit of a wardrobe edit/ebay session….hmm

blondambition Mon 13-Jan-14 20:19:17

They've been brilliant and were a bargain weren't they justa? I wore mine constantly skiing and they seemed just as good as the Sorel's that others had.

libertychick Mon 13-Jan-14 20:48:56

Blond I want your wardrobe especially the shoe collection grin

AlwaysSleepingBeauty Tue 14-Jan-14 17:47:55

My staples (if I'm being really selective!)

Black heeled shoe boots - Autograph at M and S
Pleated maxi skirt to be worn with pretty sleeveless tops to be dressed up, or with a cropped leather jacket and big scarf to be dresses down- Topshop
Tea dresses of many kinds- Topshop,vintage, anywhere really
Cropped leather jacket- mine is a brand I'd never heard of via ASOS
Vintage handbags, usually quite structured from the 1940s or 50s
Pearls! I love my 'informal pearls', the bumpy grey kind!

AlwaysSleepingBeauty Tue 14-Jan-14 17:48:43

Where did you get your wine coloured cashmere scarf ease justasecond ?

AlwaysSleepingBeauty Tue 14-Jan-14 17:48:55

Please not ease!

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