We (Style Nation) talk a lot about wardrobe workhorses: items that we wear and wear and wear and that are fall back, fail safe items. I’ve got a bunch of these myself: my khaki green full skirt, my various colorful flats, my ponte knit pants. But what about those items that aren’t so flexible? What about wardrobe one trick ponies?
Dress, scarf: gifted
Gold flats: Nine West
This dress is one such item. For some crazy reason, I had been toying with donating it but, after a Style Nation intervention, I decided to keep it and have worn it a couple of times since. The thing is, it’s almost impossible to wear any way other than this. I can change up the accessories — subbing in a necklace for the scarf, switching up the shoes — but other than that it’s stays pretty static (the sleeves are a slightly dolman style which makes it somewhat bulky to wear under something — plus it’s getting hot here so the thought of layers makes me break out in a sweat just thinking about it). Now, in many ways, this is a matter of “why fix what isn’t broken?” However, this means that I don’t often wear this dress since it’s such a highly memorable pattern. Lady mag wisdom would suggest that if you can’t imagine three variations of an item, it’s probably not that versatile. But what about those items that work well in only a single way?
What’s your policy on wardrobe one trick ponies?
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