There are some commonly recited stats around what we actually wear from our wardrobes. Apparently, 80% of the time, we’ll reach for the same 20% of our wardrobe.
I find this is particularly the case in winter when basic needs – like staying warm – can overtake a desire to play around and mix up fashion looks on a day-to-day basis. Yes, I know. I SHOULD know better. And I do, it’s just that
sometimes often, it’s easy to reach for things that are, well, easy.
And when I say, easy, I mean, easy-care and easy-wear. Wardrobe staples that see me through the season.
I’ve narrowed my winter 2011 high-rotation pieces down to six. Yes, worn together they make a whole outfit but more often than not I’m wearing one or maybe two of these pieces on a daily basis. These pieces form the basis of my work-from-home/mum juggle “uniform”. It’s a casual look that can still look “put together” enough if I have to duck out to the post office or to meet a friend for coffee.
1. Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (jegging style) in black. I’ve got these in indigo as well. If I’m not in leggings and a tunic dress; I’m in a pair of these. They’re as comfortable as leggings but made from a two-way stretch denim that does all kinds of wonderful to your but and gut area.
2. Country Road seamfree tanks. Pictured is my white one but I have in black, grey and stone. They work well as a layering piece because they stretch to a good length but also hold you in a little bit. They’re always available in store and seasonal colours are introduced with each new collection.
3. The Uberkate Living Circles necklace. It gets a free pass out of the house almost every day. We fell in love at first sight in April and are truly still in the honeymoon phase and plan to be for some time.
4. Metalicus Trenched Up trench coat. This is a new purchase this season and one that was truly inspired. Yes, it’s on the expensive side but cost per wear I’ve well and truly justified this purchase and will continue to do so for years to come. The sleeves can be buttoned-up when it’s not too cold and when you need the warmth the 48% Merino wool kicks in nicely. I don’t wear the trench done up (because it won’t on me!) but open with jeans or a leggings/dress combo.
5. Trenery wool scarf. I bought this in Sydney early in the winter season and have worn it most days to lift my black/charcoal winter wardrobe. You may not be able to track down the exact one but these are similar.
6. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lo. The above shoes were actually white at some stage of their life. Now, they’re a lovely worn-in off-white. Just the way I like them. Perfect for the school run, playground and soccer mum duties.
As I was pondering my winter wardrobe high-rotationals, I put the question out to you. It seems I’m not alone. You play favourites too.
Here’s a selection you Tweeted or posted on Facebook:
MissPink_TMA Warm black coat? A LBD of course & a maxi dress. Maxis are awesome 4 when u haven’t shaved ur legs. Every1 needs all of those.
plainjanestyle my vintage black leather bikers jacket. I wear it at least once a week!
WhoaMumma Skinny jeans, thongs – it’s my uniform.
pennyworkingmum O dear I have it on now. My orange fleecey GAP hoodie. Bought in New York 15 years ago. Please do not delete me.
YourGetawayGuru not so much an item as a look – love my Metalicus. Really should expand my options … but it’s so easy to throw on (& no ironing!)
ChubsterTime my skinny jeans and boots – serious addiction!
mylittledrummer my black boots
MeganBlandford Jeans. How predictable.
Sara O’halloran Of course without question classic tiffo’s elsa peretti necklace and earrings but really I cannot live without my denim jacket! I deviate on occasions to a more modern style but classic fitted basic nos always comes into my fashion equations!
Beth Macdonald My converse! Desperately holding onto my youth one might say…
Natalie Birt Jeans!
Goal Power Training My Brooks Runners … oh and my little black wrap dress that stands the test of time, every year!
Melanie Wenona Leano Metalicus long sleeve basic black shirt … I love Metalicus
Miffy Oberon A black jersey wrap dress – wish I’d purchased three when I got it!
Naomi Pritchard-Tiller Black velvet blazer bought at an op shop for 50cents in 1989. Not a year has gone by that I don’t wear it. It it’s fabric could talk … oh my!
Clairey Hewitt undies.
Hannah Morgan black and grey REVIEW Office skirts … worn 100s of times.
Janet Ashenden My fur poncho
Natalie McIvor don’t shoot me Nikki but my flanno pjs
What are you wearing today? Something you’ve pulled on a lot this winter? Or something to mix it up? What’s your favourite winter wardrobe piece?