This post is inspired by an old discussion thread in the wardroberemix flickr group about items you remix a lot. I was reminded of it by this post on Already Pretty, which sparked some discussion of the use of the term ‘remixed’. I am inclined to agree with the first commenter that saying something is remixed isn’t really necessary, because I would basically assume that something has been worn before, unless the person tells me that it’s new.
But when I actually had a look in my wardroberemix set, I was expecting there to be lots of repetition, but I was surprised that there actually wasn’t. I think this is partly to do with the way I use my outfit posts rather than the way i dress (I talk about it below). Anyway, these were the top three most shown items:
Blue cotton skirt – 10 outfits
This skirt is ancient, from h&m, when I was 16 maybe. It was orignially grey (see top right hand corner pic), but I have since dyed it different shades of blue three times (it always came out pretty much the same). I am not surprised that this crops up again and again – its a neutral-ish ‘blank canvas’ colour that’s still bright enough to work with my colourful style, and a classic shape, but with the added interest of the stitching around the bottom half.
Red full skirt – 6 outfits
This is kind of in the same vein – a fairly classic shape and shade that can go with tons of things, but bright and with the interesting quirk of having a big bow at the back (no photographic evidence of that unfortunately). It’s from Zara and it has pockets! I’m surprised this hasn’t cropped up more often to be honest, for a while I wore it all the time.
Blue and white vintage dress – 7 outfits, one of which is outerwear
This 1960s vintage cotton dress was a bit of a surprise – it’s quite a busy pattern and therefore not the easiest to wear in new and interesting ways. It’s been a bit of a challenge to make it different I suppose, and I do like a challenge! It’s one of my few completely patterned pieces.
I suppose just looking at my remix set is kind of misleading, because I don’t post every day and I only post when I think something is interesting and I haven’t worn it before, so my pictures are not a representative sample of what I do actually wear. Thinking about what I wear day to day, my top items are probably a nondescript pair of black trousers, this skirt, this shirt, and this stripy sporty cardie, which doesn’t make an appearance at all in my remix set, but I wear almost every night, either over my pjs or my exercise clothes if I’ve been to the yoga.
What about you? What do you wear all the time? What do you think makes a good ‘wear again and again’ type item?