The Hardest Working Pieces in My Wardrobe

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What’s the hardest working piece in your wardrobe?

My guess is it’s not your ‘favourite‘ dress, and definitely not the fabulous statement piece you paid a fortune for and love so much. It’s probably something you don’t pay much attention to or even particularly like.

I decided to dedicate this post to the unsung heroes of my wardrobe:  the humble, understated pieces I reach for when ‘I have nothing to wear’ but need to wear something practical rather than impressive.

These are also the pieces I wear at least a couple of times a week. Usually when I have to get dressed in a hurry or feel too stressed out to put together a coherent look. In other words, clothes that I just throw on when my only objective is to stay warm and I really don’t care what I look like…

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And I have featured every single item in this outfit about a dozen or so times on the blog. Probably in a more or less a similar combination, too. There’s absolutely nothing I could do to make this outfit new and exciting. And you know what? That’s OK: we all need a break from the pressure to look our best and wear something new and exciting all the time.

But if I were to calculate the cost-per-wear ratio of this outfit, or of the individual pieces in this outfit, there’s nothing else in my wardrobe that would come even close. While I would not call anything I’m wearing here a ‘favourite‘, I realise that this is what I wear on a day-to-day basis. It doesn’t get more ‘real-life‘ than this.

Sure, it’s boring, maybe, but I like to keep it real, both on the blog and off.

how to wear a down jacket over 40

how to wear a down jacket over 40

Outfit details (all old):

jacket: Beaumont / top: Gap / trousers: Marks and Spencer /

shoes: Ecco / bag: Coach / sunglasses: Prada / scarf: Shanghai Tang


What’s the hardest working piece in your wardrobe?


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  1. Arlene
    7 October 2018 / 5:59 pm

    Hi! First of all, I don’t think you’re boring! If you are, then I am too! I think your hardest working pieces are almost the same as mine. I like the idea of having pieces that I can grab in the morning and know I’ll look ok and I’ll be comfy in them. Mine are usually jeans and a casual top like a tee or a 3/4 sleeve top if it’s cooler out. I wear sneakers or flats with a rubber sole for comfort. Sound boring? Maybe but I don’t care. That’s me. Greetings from Arlene in NJ (US)

    • Tiina
      11 October 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Thank you! Yes, we definitely need grab-and-go clothes, especially early in the morning (I barely know who I am and where I’m supposed to be going then; having to think about clothes is just way too demanding so early). I’m a fan of jeans (or cords) and a t-shirt, too. I just switch to t-shirts with longer sleeves when it gets cooler, and then to cashmere sweaters in winter.

  2. 8 October 2018 / 9:42 am

    It’s not boring at all! Love how you refreshen your look using the same pieces. Some outfits are more useful than others – it’s the same for me xx Maria

    • Tiina
      11 October 2018 / 7:20 pm

      Thanks, Maria! Yep, that’s me: rewear the old favourites till they fall apart…

  3. 9 October 2018 / 3:14 pm

    It is fun to see a post of your go to pieces in one outfit. Nothing boring at all about a fun floral scarf and your coat color is nice too.

    • Tiina
      11 October 2018 / 7:21 pm

      Thanks, Tracey. Can you believe that I have at least 4 coats in this colour?!?

  4. 9 October 2018 / 5:32 pm

    Love that floral scarf! I think that is what makes this work so well.

    I wear jeans almost daily at home but I don’t count them as my favourites. They are work horses and pug friendly but that is it.


    • Tiina
      11 October 2018 / 7:22 pm

      Thanks, Suzanne. I try to find alternatives for jeans, at times. And then I fall back in the old habit… I blame cold weather; Jeans are just practical then.

  5. This Main Line Life
    10 October 2018 / 5:24 pm

    This is a great idea for a post. I have all these really great clothes, but I really do tend to wear the same “easy” things over and over every day because I’m mostly running errands and shuttling the kids around. In the winter it’s v-neck sweaters and jeans and in the summer, it’s t-shirts. #theblendedblogstyle
    X, Julie | This Main Line Life

    • Tiina
      11 October 2018 / 7:24 pm

      Thanks! Well, that sounds a lot like my everyday wardrobe: cashmere sweaters and jeans… Life is complicated as it is, at least our clothes should be easy, right?

  6. 12 October 2018 / 6:52 am

    I think when you wear a look on a day-by-day basis sort of, it’s a sign that it works for you. Yes, cost-per-wear is important to consider. If it doesn’t go below $1, it was just too expensive. Period. Thanks for sharing the look at the Top of the word Style linkup party.

  7. 15 October 2018 / 5:33 pm

    I don’t think your outfit is boring at all! It’s great that you get a lot of wear from your clothes – we should all be trying to do that instead of buying loads of new stuff…and I say that as someone guilty of buying too much! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

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