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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.

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

Please not ease!

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

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

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

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!

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

Blond I want your wardrobe especially the shoe collection grin

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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.

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!

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

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

And lots of scarves/snoods!!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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

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!?

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 ;)

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! :-(

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

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