When you find something that works in your wardrobe do you buy it in more than one colour or print? It isn’t something I used to do because I thought it would be boring but actually it makes a lot of sense. Finding styles and shapes that really work can take a lot of trial and error, especially if you have reached a point in your life where your shape has changed and you aren’t willing to be on a permanent diet (note to self: even if I lose weight I am never going to have a tiny waist again!) Yes, like most women over 40 I have had to adapt what I wear to suit my changing shape. Belts no longer feature in my wardrobe. Instead I use scarves and jewellery, and whilst I love wide leg trousers and long to have them in my wardrobe (and sometimes still do – see below), the mirror tells me that by wearing a tapered or skinny leg trouser I look lbs slimmer.
No difference in my size or weight but the slim trouser gives the illusion there is
Left – top no longer available // Trousers now £29! // Bag and shoes no longer available
Back to my original point about buying multiples of items that work. The picture on the right above was taken while I was in Dallas last week, wearing a silk tunic top and crepe leggings from Eileen Fisher. I have worn this outfit casually as shown here (and below right) but also dressed up with bronze heels and a sparkly necklace (below left) at Christmas.
So, knowing that this combination was tried and tested, while I was in Dallas I managed to get to an Eileen Fisher store and add the same silk tunic and trousers in this season’s red to my capsule wardrobe.
Some of the ways I will be wearing these pieces
I know that these investment items will work for many seasons to come – I have the same crepe leggings in navy from 3 years ago.
It isn’t just investment pieces that I have had this kind of success with. On a trawl of Marks and Spencer a few weeks ago I found these cargo style trousers. I bought them in the camel and wore them for several days because they were so comfortable and flattering. I knew they would be versatile too, so I also ordered them in the navy (a lovely light navy) and Khaki – at £22.50 they are a brilliant casual alternative to jeans.
First wear of the navy cargo trousers
To answer the original question, yes if something works buy it more than once. Having some great accessories will help you ring the changes with these pieces.