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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.

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.

AmberNectarine Sun 12-Jan-14 21:11:38

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?

MissBeehiving Sun 12-Jan-14 21:24:58


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.

MissBeehiving Sun 12-Jan-14 21:56:18

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".

Drywhiteplease Sun 12-Jan-14 22:28:11

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.

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