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 …

  1. 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?”
  2. Now that open toe weather is ending, I perused 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!


About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Katrina B on November 30, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Welcome back! I think we’ve all had our experiences with being overbooked and overwhelmed. 🙁 R & R is required. But your girls! I can’t imagine the joy of having twin daughters! You must be incredibly proud!

    Several years ago I found that Jones NY tee shirts, a refined version of the plain cotton tee shirt, fit me perfectly. They come in many different styles – I’m partial to the 3/4 sleeve boat neck, but the short sleeve v-neck seems to be easier to find. They hug the body but don’t show every lump, and they don’t shrink or stretch out (if you treat them nicely). If I’d been thinking ahead, I would have bought a dozen or so, with backups in each of my favorite colors, but I didn’t. Now I just have to make a point to look through the Jones NY section every time I walk through a store, to see if they have my size in a color I like.

    Those jeans are gorgeous – please tell me they come in a Long or Tall length. I know skinnies are supposed to be shorter than regular jeans, but most of them crop me at a weird point on my leg unless I can find an extra-long.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on November 30, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks for understanding, and yes, twin daughters are a wonderful thing(s). And so iS their “baby” brother.
      Thanks for sharing the JNY tees, they are great, I agree.
      I didn’t see a longer length in that Anmn Taylor jean, but it would be worth trying a pair at the store to see if they work. For my taller clients I usually recommend Cabi (a direct-sale brand – check jeans because they – and in fact everything in that line – tend to run on the long side.

      • Katrina B on December 4, 2017 at 10:54 am

        Oooh, fun, a new place to shop. I will check them out, thank you! I got into sewing my own jeans for while, but it was such hard work to wrangle layers of heavy denim through a machine. I can’t decide whether I would rather pay the money for RTW jeans or the literal blood sweat and tears for me-made.
        I have a “baby” brother too – and he’s 4 inches taller than me, so I know what you’re saying. 😀

        • Nancy Nix Rice on December 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm

          For me that was an easy decision – saving my sewing time for more creative projects.

        • Nancy Nix Rice on December 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm

          For me that was an easy decision – saving my sewing time for more creative projects.

  2. TC Ferrito on November 30, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I have had the multiples philosophy for years. Back when I was in grad school- cleaning houses to pay tuition, one of my customers said “if it fits, buy it in every color”. At the time, I had no money! But I found this is important-especially with things like bras. If you love it, buy a bunch of them. Store some of them away and wear the rest. Inevitably, they will stop making what you like. And you will be prepared because you bought extras! So if you can’t copy it, buy multiples. I bought several pairs of my favorite Dansko sandals. And when I find a cardigan I like, I buy more than 1 color. Since I sew, multiples is easier. When I find a favorite pattern- a TNT- I will make it multiple times in many fabrics. If it works, go with it!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on December 1, 2017 at 11:44 am

      You are right on, TC. But can you help me out? What is a “TNT”? I’m sure I should figure it out, and that I’ll groan when I hear ther answer, but at the moment nothing is clicking.

      • Kay on December 2, 2017 at 5:43 am

        Not the original poster, but TNT means ‘Tried and True’ or ‘Tried and Tested’ – in sewing world, it refers to s pattern that you’ve fitted for your size, shape and comfort and after wearing, love the garment that now you are ready to make multiples. Lot of people even do some design changes on it to make a bit different than the first garment. Esp because all the fitting has been done before on the pattern, this becomes one of your ‘precious base’ to return to for quicker sewing with guaranteed results.

        • Nancy Nix Rice on December 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

          Thanks Kay – I do that a lot but never knew there was an acronym for it. Too much living in my bubble, I guess.

  3. Barbara G on December 1, 2017 at 8:01 am

    As a sewist I exercise the power of multiples each time I re-use a favorite pattern to make a new garment. I’ve already done all the work fitting and tweaking the pattern so why shouldn’t I use it again?! If you check the department store they use the same pattern in multiple different ways!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on December 1, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Amen Barbara – one of my favorite sheath dress patterns shows up multiple times in my closet with neckline, sleeve, length and trim variations. We are so lucky to have the sewing skills to make that happen.

  4. Alice on December 4, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Nancy, would you be able to share the pattern you are referencing for you favorite sheath dress? Is that a look that is universally flattering? Thank you kindly!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on December 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      McCall #6920. I love it in ponte knit – no zipper needed – pulls on like a T-shirt! I extend the shoulder inward toward the neckline so it will conceal a shoulder pad, and I replace the facings with a self-fabric binding finish like you might use on a dressy T-shirt. It is shaped inward at the waist – ideal for an hourglass. A rectangle figure might need to straighten both the side seams and the princess seams a bit to have enough room thru the waist. It comes in multi-size, so triangle could cut the larger size bottom and blend to the smaller size cutting line in the bodice. An inverted triangle would probably need to straighten out the side seams thru the hip area. And it just isn’t a great style for an oval.

  5. Cindy Vance on December 12, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Based on your review, I ordered the Crewso Madie pumps in mid gray. You were right, they are so comfortable right out of the box. I plan to try the jeans on soon and hopefully get a pair or two. They sound really nice.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on December 14, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Glad you like them – I really didn’t wear Clarks before, but Pam Leggett from Pamela’s Patterns always wears them when I see her at Puyallup and ASG shows and she can do all day in heels, so I figured they were very much worth a try.

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