7 pieces in my wardrobe so nice I bought them twice

We all have those go-to pieces in our wardrobe that we reach for time and time again, and if there’s a motto I live by, it’s ‘if I like it, I’ll just grab it in another colour’.

When I find a piece of clothing or an accessory I love, I don’t hesitate to snap them up in the exact same style in multiple hues. Whether it’s the perfect bag that goes with every outfit or a pair of boots that are as comfortable as they are stylish, some items are just too good to own in only one shade. 

Here are seven of my most-worn wardrobe essentials that I simply couldn’t resist buying twice (or more!).

Uniqlo Mini Round Shoulder Bag

The Uniqlo Mini Round Shoulder Bag is a staple in my accessories collection. Its simple yet chic design makes it the perfect companion for any outfit, whether I’m running errands or heading out for a night out. 

When the Japanese casualwear retailer first unveiled their deceptively spacious dumpling bags, they ignited a craze that quickly spread through the streets and social media alike. Quickly sucked in my the viral sensation, I started off with just the light cream version of the £14.90 bag. I had been working in Manchester at the time and quite literally every other person strolling around the Northern Quarter was wearing one and I admit, the FOMO got to me so I stomped straight to Market Street to get one.

Its practicality and style convinced me to add the pink and black variations to my collection as well, before branching out to bag other moon-shaped crossbodies from other retailers, too. Now, no matter the occasion or outfit, I have the perfect bag to match.

Read more about my addiction to Uniqlo crossbody bags here.

Primark Cowboy Boots

When it comes to footwear, comfort and style are key, and I’m presently of the opinion that if I can’t wear it with cowboy boots, then I’m not interested in wearing it at all. I picked up my first pairs of Primark Cowboy Boots for £15 in the clearance section shortly before Beyonce’s Renaissance album was teased, causing a surge in the demand and rise in price tags of the now must-have shoe.

At the time, I had agonised over buying the silver pair too, and had regretted not doing so for nearly 12 months before my dad bought them for me at Christmas. 

Perfect for styling with midi dresses, satin skirts, jeans and just about anything, really, these boots elevate any outfit and offer some Western-inspired charm. Not only can I wear each pair for pretty much any occasion, the right outfit also lends itself to mix and match the cream and black, too. 

River Island High Waisted Wide Leg Trousers

Finding the perfect pair of trousers can be a challenge, but the River Island High Waisted Wide Leg Trousers are a true gem. Their flattering fit and on-trend silhouette make them a must-have in any wardrobe. 

They boast a beautiful wide leg and are smart enough for work or play – but it’s their secret elasticated waist at the back which makes them so comfortable and ideal if your weight fluctuates. 

After falling in love with the red pair, I knew I needed to have them in classic black as well. Now, whether I’m dressing up for a night out or keeping it casual during the day, these trousers are my go-to option.

FatFace Adele Dress

FatFace’s best-selling Adele dress is a prime example of a wardrobe staple that can be styled in various ways to suit different occasions, while ticking every single style box. Having fallen in love with the dopamine-dressing pink number, I decided I needed the black version in my fashion arsenal, too, and it quickly became one of my most-worn pieces, not just for the fact it’s super easy to throw on alone, but for the fact you can pair it with so many different pieces to make it feel like a completely different dress. 

The thoughtfully designed dress comes in two lengths – regular and short – to ensure that whether you’re petite or tall, you can confidently rock this dress without worrying about the hemline. It also features a square neckline and shirring bodice, alongside soft volume sleeves finished with an elasticated cuff allowing you to adjust the sleeve length to your liking. But naturally, the most exciting feature of this dress – and many of FatFace’s designs – are the handy side pockets, combining functionality with fashion without compromising on style. 

Read more about the ways I’ve been styling this piece here.

Rommy Satin Ruffle Headbands

From Manchester-based independent fashion brand, Rommy, these ruffle headbands are rarely off my head. You’ll have no doubt seen it all over my Instagram over the past few years as I wear them all the time and I’m constantly buying new colours. 

Made from 100 per cent satin – a vegan alternative to silk – this headband is the ultimate accessory for finishing off an outfit. Padded behind the ears for extra comfort, you can wear it all day and all night without it snagging or causing kinks in the hair. 

I initially purchased the ruby red, but I’ve since racked up quite the collection including pink, pistachio, black and brown. Their playful ruffle detail adds a fun touch to any look, and now no matter the occasion or outfit, I have the perfect headband to complete my look.

Marks and Spencer Nylon Oversized Shoulder Bag

When I first spotted this M&S bag, I knew it was the ultimate high street alternative to the Cos quilted crossbody (£85). Priced at £35, it’s around £50 cheaper than its roomy Cos rival, but is equally as stylish, spacious and sought-after, it would seem.

My friend Anya had seen me raving about the high street ‘dupe’ and kindly treated me to it as a gift, and it wasn’t long before I was obsessed and added the pink version to my basket.

The zip-up bag boasts a popcorn-style quilting and a generously sized half moon shape with enough room for a laptop, making it ideal for taking to the office, using to carry all of your daily essentials, a boujee gym bag or even as a weekend bag.

Whenever I want to work from a cafe or co-working space, I immediately reach for this accessory. It’s got a gorgeous quality to it, and I love how you can style it in different ways too, including a more slouchy look.

I managed to snag two out of the three before they were wiped off the shelves – both digital and physical, but with any luck, they’ll be back in stock soon so that I can snap up the black version and make it a hattrick.

Stradivarius Plisse Pleated Co Ord Shirt

Last but not least, the Stradivarius Plisse Pleated Co Ord Shirt is a summer saviour. Its lightweight fabric and stylish pleated design make it perfect for both casual and dressy occasions, and what’s more is I snapped them both up in the sale. 

I managed to get a great colour match pair of trousers for the green version in Primark, while the cream I’ve really enjoyed styling with linen wide leg trousers for a light and breezy look. While this particular style is no longer available online, plisse co-ords are often saved in my wishlist ready for when summer rolls back around.

While some may question the logic behind purchasing the same item multiple times, these pieces have proven their worth time and time again with unwavering reliability. Their tried and true status means I’m always on the lookout for similar styles to add to my basket, and they’ll forever have a reserved space in my wardrobe.

Have you got any pieces in your wardrobe that you couldn’t help but buy repeatedly? Let me know in the comments.

 

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  1. March 18, 2024 / 11:17 am

    Something I wish I purchased twice is the Nobody’s Child brown ribbed trousers! I got my first pair in the sale for only £12, wish I bought 2 pairs because they are SO comfy. But unfortunately, they do not sell them anymore 🙁 I love the M&S bag, especially in the pink x

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