As the mom of identical twin daughters, I’ve been partial to multiples for nearly 3 decades. But today I’m talking about a different kind of multiples — adding more than one of the same item to your wardrobe. It can be an easy, efficient and effective way to build your basic wardrobe with sure-fire favorites and a minimal amount of time spent shopping. Here are examples I like well enough to double-up on them in my own wardrobe …
- I’ve always been a fan of sexy high-heels. But recently a pinched nerve in each foot demands more sensible footwear choices. So late last summer in the Clarks store with my daughter, I found myself looking — for her — at comfy, arch-supporting flats. My compromise choice was this backless, open-toe wedge sandal called Helio Corridor. It turned out to be such a go-to choice that I went back for navy ones and — just for fun — red ones too. Wish I’d grabbed tan ones too. Why not? They looked cute, felt great and bridged from super-casual to moderately dressy. So far not a single soul has said “Isn’t that the same shoe you wore yesterday?”
- Now that open toe weather is ending, I perused Clarks.com for new options. Found these mid-heel pumps (Crewso Madie) in basic black plus hard-too-find dark navy and mid-gray: I headed for my nearest Clarks brick-and-mortar store to check the fit, the comfort and the look in person … and the shoe passed on all 3 counts. So I bought 2 of the 3 colors, skipping the black only because I have an inventory of black pumps on hand.
- My sweetie daughter was all apologetic to ask if I wanted a pair of gray jeans she had bought, worn, washed and decided were too big for her. I’m actually fine with being one size larger than my 30-year-old — and even more fine when I slipped the jeans on and they were soft and cozy as my cuddly jammies. And they came nearly up to my waist – eliminating soft tissue overhang. I wished desperately for more of the same, but since she’s an off-price and re-sale shopper I didn’t think I’d ever find them.
- Then yesterday she showed up with a second pair and I learned they are Ann Taylor’s Curvy Skinny All-Day Jeans (they come in not-curvy shape too, and petite length). A blend of cotton, Modal, Tencel, Elastane and Lycra they hold you in where you need it and don’t stretch out with wear. I now own them in dark, medium and lighter blues and in black. Why would I search and search for something else I like equally well when I can so easily invoke the Magic of Multiples?
What items do YOU love enough to own more than one of? Tell us all about them!