Share Your Thoroughbreds

Yes...the ideal may be to have a closet full of workhorses. But all work and no fun makes for a dull closet. 

Which items do you own that are NOT workhorses but more than make up for it in their Joy per Wear, or the "Happiness Factor"? 

A few of mine: 

  • Nicole Miller linen sheath dress -- special occasion. 
  • CM silk dress -- special occasion
  • Halogen striped skirt.
  • Long and Lean flared jeans. (Weather prevents frequent wear).
  • Imelda cream pointy toed booties bought in Israel with Shevia. (Again -- a weather issue, plus, the heel is a bit low for me.) 
  • Elie Tahari suit bought at the YLF meetup in Boston. (I wear the jacket a lot, but as a suit far less often). 
A few newer items that will probably (but not necessarily)  join their ranks: 

  • R&B gilet
  • BR sequinned culottes
In all cases, these items are dressier than my regular lifestyle allows -- and yet I do have occasions to wear them, and therefore, there was a need. I also make occasions to wear them, even at home -- often Mr. Suz and I will have Saturday supper on our own at home (sans kids), and I try to "dress up" for those evenings instead of just wearing my casual daytime clothes. (After cooking, that is!) 

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57 Comments

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    I'm at work, so no pic, but this honor has to go to my Anna Sui dress. It's a grey froth. Fancy but honestly something only to be worn casually - with like cowboy boots.

  • Runcarla replied 1 year ago

    With a small collection of clothes, I'm an equal opportunity wearer. However, I would count my high maintenance items as thoroughbreds. Things that have high maintenance, like going to the dry cleaners. I have 2 fine wool sweaters that I adore, but i probably pet them more than wear them due to their delicacy and maintenance requirements. I also have a collection of leather gloves! I tend to wear a black pair and a cognac pair with regularity, but I have grey, blush, and cobalt, as well. And my Rebekah Virtue bikini! It was the first time I spent some serious coin on a bikini, and it must be 10 years old now! I wear it during our winter escape. No matter how many times it gets washed, it smells of Coppertone and the ocean. Just sniffing it makes me happy.

    I have absolutely no intention of vetting these items out of my closet. It makes me happy to have them, and when I do wear them, I feel just a little more special.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Rachy, I need to see that gorgeous dress when you get time! 

    Carla, I love the image of that bikini!! I think you showed us a photo of it, once? And the glove collection also sounds divine. 

  • AviaMariah replied 1 year ago

    Right off the top of my head I'm going to say my two pairs of flare jeans - one dark blue, one white. I don't wear them a ton because I don't always want to wear the shoes they require and for weather reasons. But every time I do I feel like a million bucks!

  • Joyce B replied 1 year ago

    For me it would be my PG shoe collection which I try to spare from wearing on rainy days. After all, I have my cheaper but trusty rainshoes for that purpose.

  • Maneera replied 1 year ago

    Flared jeans.

    Structured dresses (special occasion) including the cobalt blue Ruched Mango dress I bought last year on a total whim!

    Heeled sandals.

  • deb replied 1 year ago

    Hmmm, must ponder this.

  • Angela K replied 1 year ago

    Pewter spike heeled pointed toe booties. Love them but they are sooo hard to wear so I reserve them for special occasions.

  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    My tango sandals, my evening dresses and two silk shirts. I wear them all but maybe two to three times a year. But I love wearing them when I do.

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    My new wide legged flared jeans for 7 for all Mankind.  I haven't worn them yet but I am hoping to once the weather cools down.  Pic #1 and Find #1
    A pair of shoes that are ancient but that I love.  I can't wear them because the heels are too high but I love the beads.  Pic #2
    My brown suede fringe jacket that I bought in high school (circa early 70s)  Pic #3
    My Burberry Trench Coat.  I actually wear this fairly often and it always puts me in a good mood.  Pic #4 Find # 2
    Frye Boots.  They are so comfy and always seem to bump an outfit up a notch.  Find #3

  • Sterling replied 1 year ago

    My thoroughbreds are the items that form the backbone of my wardrobe.  Without them, I could not get dressed and/or would never feel as fabulous.  I would define them as solid "10s."  This means they never fail me.  So obviously the list is short.  

    Eileen Fisher Slim Ponte Pants in charcoal
    Kut from the Kloth Diana Skinny Jeans in beautitude (duplicated)
    Pencil skirt in black 
    Ann Taylor short sleeve silk blouse in black/cream/grey
    ALL of my sleeveless tops (woven and knit)

    What doesn't make the cut?  Shoes.  Toppers.  None of them are thoroughbreds.  They just "are."  

    I have always, always loved that flared skirt on you.  And I so hope those sequinned culottes become a thoroughbred for you.   

  • Xtabay replied 1 year ago

    Goodness, I think I have a closet full of workhorses!  I couldn't find a thoroughbred in the lot.  Does that mean I need to go shopping?  I think it does.  You guys are inspiring me.

  • Sterling replied 1 year ago

    Laughs with Xtabay.  Perhaps mine are work horses as well.  

  • Xtabay replied 1 year ago

    Sterling, LOL!  Your list sounds like hard-working thoroughbreds.  Good picks!

  • Roxanna replied 1 year ago

    My thoroughbreds (fun name!)

    My Jason Wu silk dress with the hand drawn Paris pattern on the silk. Both for the dress itself as well as the pretty woman story that fits with it!

    A flared skirt very similar to your (which I adore on you) in tomato red silk.

    My new R&B vest and mackage leather jacket!

    A black tulle flared David Dixon skirt that is very unusual and perfect for parties.

    My gold Brian Atwood heels because they make me feel so elegant!

  • Colette replied 1 year ago

    My SW pumps in fuchsia pink. Just owning these make me happy!

  • Staysfit replied 1 year ago

    With a large wardrobe, I have a lot of thoroughbreds. My goal is that my entire closet be full of items that make me happy and that's pretty much true, so when I think about what to include, it is items I wear infrequently, absolutely love and feel fabulous wearing. I had more here but eliminated them because I only wanted to include the very best of the best.

    The straw hat may seem incongruous here among my more formal dresses, and crystal Pedro Garcia heels. This hat makes me happy. It was hard to find a hat that fit my head, had a wide enough brim to shade my face and neck, and didn't look too silly. I like to tie a scarf around the top.

    Two Jason Wu dresses. These are my favorites. They fit perfectly, and I feel great when wearing them. If only I could afford to have a closet full of Jason Wu dresses, and places to wear them.....

    Two Tory Burch dresses. Scrumptious colors here. One is linen and one is silk. The length of both is perfect. It's nice to sit without any worries. I believe they are Midi length for most -- :-)

    The Tracy Reese graduation dress. I wore this for both my kids graduations this year. I love everything about this dress, and now it has sentimental meaning too. I don't get to wear it often enough.

    The crochet lace Rebecca Taylor dress. I wore this for my anniversary. I was pleased,as punch to find this as I had been hunting for something like this for a few years.. Even if I only wore it once, it felt awesome! (I hope for more opportunities).

    Derek Lam blouse - This started my thinking about Serene Elegance. It doesn't come any closer than this. This is my favorite blouse. Maybe my all time favorite. It's light, airy, interesting, elegant, yet also simple and serene. Hmm, those could be style descriptors for me! I need to give that some thought.

    The J Crew tweed is also great. I love the color. Wow! It's so much fun to wear. I love it.

    I couldn't forget shoes. The pair here bring me joy.

  • Runs With Scissors replied 1 year ago

    My thoroughbreds are very shoe-centric, and reflect the fact that for years, I wore full skirts and fitted tops looks (kind of a 50s aesthetic) nearly every day.   These shoes are made for that look!  I still wear that look occasionally, and I expect it'll creep back into regular rotation once I get over the shock of having jeans that fit.  :)

    I loved Indigo by Clarks circa 2009 or so, and had a small collection of them.  Problem is, I thought I wore a size 10 back then -- my feet had slowly grown to size 11, and it was a sort of "boiled frog" effect -- I thought shoes just weren't as comfortable as they used to be!   Complicating the problem is that size 10.5 hardly exists, and 11s are rarely in stores to try for comparison.  Back then I rarely saw them online either -- probably they were more likely to be relegated to specialty shops.  

    Eventually I realized I should be wearing 11s, which was a revelation and a disappointment all at once.  (Shoes are comfortable again!  Shoes are less likely to be available in my true size!)  Gradually I let my size 10s go and replaced with 11s.  The Indigos were last to go, but fortunately I was able to hunt down a few 11s on eBay and elsewhere, so I have a few pairs in my new size.  

    My other shoe love:  Fidji shoes. I love the little details.  I have a few plainer ones that see more regular rotation, but I treasure these as my "fancy" shoes.  Really I should just wear them, right?

    And, just a few non-shoe items:

    Embroidered skirt -- it's full, and the delicate embroidery makes it feel special.   I paid way more than I usually would for a skirt (since I can make them I can be a cheapskate when it comes to buying them!) but this was totally worth it.

    Mod houses dress -- it can be kind of hard to find the right occasion for this, but I love mid-century modern anything, so I couldn't resist making a dress out of this fabric.

  • Diane G replied 1 year ago

    My blush Muubaa jacket and my teal suede knee high boots come to mind immediately as being thoroughbreds. Also my four strap ankle high snake print shoes.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Oh, this is fun -- thanks for telling your stories! 

    RunswithScissors, I love your house dress!!! Fun pattern. And what a saga about the footwear. I'm so glad you are in your correct size now. People's feet do indeed change and grow or even occasionally shrink -- it is so strange! Smart of you to have tracked down a few of your favourite pairs. I love the green one in #2. 

    Staysfit, no wonder you love that Derek Lam blouse -- it's like a summer cloud. So beautiful and I am sure it is lovely on you. You have a wardrobe of beautiful higher end items but even so, not everything is the kind of item that makes your heart sing just to think of it. These definitely fit the bill, and I love that you included your straw hat. :) 

    Colette, those shoes!! Where is my fuchsia crash helmet?! I'd definitely feel the way you do about those. 

    Roxanna, I love how you have given reasons. I think this is going to guide you towards purchasing more thoroughbreds. If we know what makes us happiest we can move toward it. 

    Xtbay, definitely time to shop!! :)

    And you, too, Sterling. Your challenge is to buy ONE beautiful frivolous non workhorse thing.  :) 

    Style Fan, I remember all your thoroughbreds! You and those items were made to be together. I especially love you in the Burberry coat. It's perfection on you. Great that it is also a workhorse. 

    Sally, you look stunning in those evening dresses. So glad they are part of your closet. 

    AngelaK, we need pics!! :)

    Maneera, that blue dress is beautiful on you. And heeled sandals. Yes. So pretty and so precarious. 

    Joyce, I think you need a trip to Europe where PG is not expensive they say! Do you get a lot of rain where you live? 

    AviaMariah, interesting to see how many of us have listed flared jeans! Me, you, Maneera, Style Fan.... they obviously call to something in us but are complicated to wear. 

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Oooh, Diane, I remember the purchase of those boots and the jacket. Both gorgeous items, as are the shoes!! I think sewists like you should get a few extra thoroughbreds because you economize by making so much of the rest of your wardrobes! :)

  • Joyce B replied 1 year ago

    Yes, Suz, lots of rain on the East coast. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother buying nice shoes or sandals, maybe I buy because they make my wardrobe more interesting but also because of their level of comfort which is hard to beat. I agree about the trip to Europe, I definitely need one if I am to continue being such a fan of PG.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    It's funny -- I think we must be just outside the rainiest areas. We do get a ton of rain in the fall as a rule and also in the spring sometimes but otherwise not much. Or maybe it just seems that way this year -- it is the most serious drought ever here and we literally got our first drops of rain in months yesterday. 

  • Joyce B replied 1 year ago

    I think it has rained less here than the average this Summer, too. Climate is definitely changing.

  • Karie replied 1 year ago

    Style Fan, I LOVE those 7 For All Mankind flared leg jeans!

    All of these items I love wearing, but they don't see a ton of wear:

    • Both BCBG blazers, which just make the outfit shine when I do wear them
    • The two dresses from Talbots which are a tad too dressy for work and the JCrew dress which is a little short so I wear it with a slip extender (which also makes it not work friendly)
    • The patchwork jeans (which I love to wear with the BCBG white blazer)
    • The peacoat was purchased at the end of the season last year and I expect it will get a lot of wear this year, but due to the colors/plaid/style it might be a bit outfit specific 
    • The lightweight chambray blazer, new last spring, has taken the place of my denim jacket in a lot of outfits but hasn't seen much wear due to our very hot spring/summer
    • The black sandals - I have gotten away from wearing black sandals because of my pasty white legs, but I still love these
  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    GREAT thread, Suz. I love your thoroughbreds, and your "dress up at home" date nights with hubs. Fabulous idea. 

    (My striped midi actually comes out to play a lot. So much so that it has started to wear right in front, and I might need to pass it on). 

    I never feel guilty about items that I don't wear frequently. They are ALSO part of my wardrobe and make it what it is. Functional, interesting, and fun.

    Here are mine, across a range of price points. The Alex Wang cabled jumper, Chanel bag and Valentino bag I want to keep special, so they only come out on special occasions. They have to last my lifetime. It has to be VERY hot to wear the lace top because I don't want to cover it up, and a/c is a mare. Good thing it will not date. The cape and jumpsuit need a very specific weather requirement - and of course, they aren't very practical. The rest of the items are dressy and sitting shoes. But I DO wear all these items at least a few times a year. I wear the short sleeved lace dresses out shopping with clients and out to dinner with a denim jacket, so perhaps they shouldn't be on this list.....what do you think? I don't consider any of these items orphans. 

    I have many thoroughbreds that are workhorses. Perhaps you can start that thread next, Suz! 

  • Sterling replied 1 year ago

    I wanted to comment on Staysfit's dresses.  WOW.  I don't remember seeing you wear them in WIWs, but I can certainly imagine you wearing them.  Those Jason Wu dresses are stunning.  

  • smittie replied 1 year ago

    I love my calf hair d'orsay pumps.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Sterling, aren't those Jason Wu dresses gorgeous rich sorbet colours? Yum. 

    Angie, thank you for your enthusiastic support. Such gorgeous items on your list! Love all the pretty lace and love that you find such items across price points. I do, too, with my Long and Lean jeans and the Halogen skirt and the sequin culottes and even the booties being very reasonably priced items while the others were more dear. (Though actually, I got the dresses on super sale by luck, not intent!)

      You "get it" absolutely. I meant the items we love and wear but less frequently than we might dream of wearing them. They are not orphans because they do come out several times a year, but they are not in frequent rotation. 

    If my weather were like yours, my striped midi skirt would be in CONSTANT rotation. It is too hot for my summers and not truly warm enough except for special occasion wear in winter (which is when I wear it most frequently.) I do think I may wear it more often with my grey hair. I am glad I chose the grey, although the black and white would also have worked well. :) 

    I think the short sleeved dresses should come off the list if you wear them often and go onto the Thoroughbred Workhorse thread -- maybe the Justin Morgan thread. :)   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_horse

    I'll start that thread tomorrow! :) 

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Smittie, those are sublime!!

    Karie, those blazers are still among my favourite of your wardrobe items and I love the patchwork jeans as well. It's interesting that your thoroughbreds are items that are either too dressy or too casual for work. 

  • Tanya replied 1 year ago

    Such pretty items here, and I love the definition of the fashion "Thoroughbred"" :)

    I have entire capsules that could fit in here, a big part of why my wardrobe is so large.  They are mainly for fashion needs /occasions different from  the regular work/leisure, and how often they get worn is pretty much a function of how active my social life is at any given stage, which varies greatly year to year.  I lack Finds for many of them as they tend to be an the older side, but I will include some examples.

    1.  Occasion dresses:

    • A formal sequin French Connection gown, fitting only for very formal occasions
    • A blue cocktail Tadashi Shoji dress, that I got last year for bunch of summer weddings, and have not had a chance to wear this year yet
    • A lace cocktail Bebe dress (much longer on me), for less formal  going out situations

    2.  Occasion separates:

    • Black sequin Express pencil skirt - usually worn around winter holidays
    • Black Equipment sheer burn-out blouse - I could try wearing this more often but it is very delicate
    • Off-white L'Agence halter top - unusual asymmetric design with wrap around scarf, love to wear it with dramatic flares

    3.  Dressy items - at least too dressy/not allowed at my work :

    • My Smythe jacket (which I think I never posted about), got it at beginning of of 2015 and only wore it a handful of times.  Very determined to change that this season, plan to wear the ehck out of it with jeans and other casual bottoms.
    • DVF mini-dress
    • Dramatic checked VS midi skirt
    • Same Elie Tahari suit Suz has, only worn as a full suit once earlier this year for my internship interview, but worn as separates more often
    • Super dramatic very high-waisted and very-flared retro jeans by Rich & Skinny, hemmed for 4" shoes and thus rarely worn, but feel amazing every time I do

    I could probably include more different capsules, especially those for dance occasions and dressy shoes, but not enough FInds there.

  • anchie replied 1 year ago

    This thread got me thinking. I don't think I have any. Am I being to practical? When shopping, my main concern is if it will be workhorse and will it mix well with the rest of my wardrobe. I am afraid that this is the road towards very boring wardrobe.

  • shedev replied 1 year ago

    Some of mine are the Nicholas K jacket and Michael Kors leather, and the AS 98 booties. Jackets, toppers and shoes are the strongest wardrobe catagories for me so the competition for wears is fierce.

  • Greyscale replied 1 year ago

    As a Morgan horse person, I love your idea of the thoroughbred/workhorse combo! Heh. 

    Let's see. I think my thoroughbreds are:

    -Alice + Olivia dress I wear to weddings. It has the coolest back detail.

    -LD Tuttle flats

    -Theyskens Theory fishtail skirt

    -Margiela H&M reissue crossover-front pants

    Actually, because I tend to shop at deep discounts only, the CPW for all these is quite reasonable even if I don't wear them often. But they're all things I only bring out for special occasions.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Greyscale, those are gorgeous. I remember the thread where you first showed us that dress. I love it on you. And the fishtail skirt looks amazing! Also the pants. You own some incredibly cool pieces. 

    You, too, Shedev. And as you say, you are drawn to and wear jackets and boots so no wonder your thoroughbreds fall into those categories. 

    Anchie, I am very much the type of shopper that you are and I had to be on YLF for a while before I gave myself permission to buy a few less practical "joy" items. 

    Tanya, so funny that our suit is a thoroughbred for us! I guess it makes sense given our constant diet of jeans! But it's a beautiful set that stands the test of time --  and hey -- you got the job wearing it!! :)  I love your gorgeous dresses, too. I hope you get more occasions for wearing them soon. 

  • smittie replied 1 year ago

    Anchie, your wardrobe is NOT boring! You own silver shoes and orange pants. Not boring.

  • tulle replied 1 year ago

    Ooh, I love this question!  Some of my favorite thoroughbreds:  a  toile-printed pale blue & white silk shirt from Equipment; a lovely light pink Ted Baker floral cotton skirt; a buttery ivory lamb leather moto, patterned with dozens of little leather-covered buttons,  by Catherine Malandrino; a snowy white sequined jacket (which, I confess, I have yet to wear--but I know I will one day,) also Catherine Malandrino; a pair of red t-strap suede heels--super comfortable and delicate; and finally, my new See by Chloe shirtdress of crisp white cotton with ruffled front placket.  I'll wear it soon with a beautiful sky blue Hermes man's tie (found for $2 in a thrift shop) worn with the knot pulled low.  Who knows, this one may just become a workhorse!  It occurs to me that  some of these items are not so much impractical as simply too memorable to wear often, but classic and well made enough to keep for a long time, and really fun to wear.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Smittie, you have a brilliant memory!! :) And you're right, of course!!

    Tulle, I love the sounds of your thoroughbreds!! I too enjoy a lovely toile blouse (mine's from Club Monaco) but I do wear it with some regularity in its season. 

    The last outfit you describe sounds amazing!! 

  • anchie replied 1 year ago

    Thank you smittie :) Thing is, orange pants and silver shoes go with so much of my wardrobe and I wear them all the time. Hm.. so is it possible to have a wardrobe of practical workhorses that is aslo not boring? Have to think more about it.

  • Windchime replied 1 year ago

    Intrigued by the title of this thread, Suz, I had to log in!

    Some of my nicest and favorite pieces are also those which I wear most frequently. I'll await the working Thoroughbred thread to share those.

    Meanwhile, I'll include my black and cream rendition of the Halogen pleated midi skirt among my Thoroughbreds. I don't wear it often, but it receives compliments every time I do. I'll also include my animal print FS/NY ballet flats (thrifted so no Find) and Banana Republic fringed blazer.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Windchime, those are all worthy thoroughbreds indeed. My Halogen skirt always elicits compliments also. 

  • tulle replied 1 year ago

    I remember that shirt of yours very well, Suz, because I absolutely love it!  Not surprised that you wear it often.  The white shirtdress was one of those lucky impulse buys, found online during a big Outnet sale.  I took a chance (final sale) and it paid off with a perfect fit.  When I tried it on, the tuxedo-shirt style made me think of the Hermes tie I've been wanting to wear--and sure enough, it really snapped the dress into focus--pure serendipity.

  • Staysfit replied 1 year ago

    Thanks Sterling! I haven't posted WIW's of all my clothes. I will keep the Jason Wu dresses in mind for a possible WIW.

  • Barbara Diane replied 1 year ago

    I love how I feel when I wear my Munro Abby's. I don't wear them as often as I could because they are more heel than I've had in years, not so comfortable for distance, and I'm really awkward on stairs with them. But improving :).

    I also have a favorite blouse I haven't worn this year. I just realized I think of it as being for very fancy occasions because I wore it to a wedding, and because my wardrobe is fairly casual. I need to take it and my new NAS dresses out for a spin.

    Thanks for the post Suz. Looking forward to tomorrow's.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Wear your beautiful blouse and shoes, Barbara Diane!

    And Staysfit, I can't wait to see you in those beautiful dresses. 

    Tulle, I would love to see that outfit!

  • KL replied 1 year ago

    I have perhaps TOO many thoroughbreds in my wardrobe--some I will keep forever (special occasion dresses and shoes), but others could come out to play more often than they currently do.

    The last-a-lifetime pieces:

    • Custom-tailored floral qipao (traditional Chinese dress) in 2-ply silk
    • B&W strapless formal dress with a twirly tulle underskirt
    • John Fluevog heeled oxfords in geometric teal (birthday present to myself this year, purchased at full price after coveting for months)

    Then, here are a few of the almost-orphaned thoroughbreds which aren't likely to become workhorses but still spark joy:
    • Dove grey Danier leather blazer--a hard to pair color in my jewel-tone-heavy wardrobe, but lovely with light neutrals
    • Rust AllSaints drapey top--again, a color family not well-represented
    • CM crane-print silk blouse--I silently copy-catted this from you, Suz, when you first posted about it on YLF years ago! LOVE the print still, but the breezy silk is chilly for AC and can't be layered under because it's not completely opaque.
  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Oh, KL, that is so amazing that you also bought that beautiful blouse! I agree that it's tough to layer under it, although I do sometimes wear an ivory cami. It may work okay because I am so pale in the winter that the cami and blouse are very close to my skin tone so it all kind of blends together. I tend to layer OVER mine with a jacket, more than under -- so I will wear it a lot with my Reiss blazer and sometimes with my blue moto. I don't have to contend with air conditioning either. For me, it is mainly a spring and fall piece with occasional winter outings and none in our hot summers. 

    Is that dove grey blazer the same one that Sveta has? I am still kicking myself for not buying that while Danier still existed! It is gorgeous!! I wish I had sprung for it. Alas. 

    And your qipao!!!! You must look sensational in that!!! The colours are so rich and elegant. Of course that needs to stay in your wardrobe forever. 

    I actually own a stunning qipao as well. It belonged to one of my best friends; she had it made for a wedding reception in China. However, she grew out of it and gave it to me for my daughter (who is from China). Alas, my daughter has the wrong body type for it. But it does fit me (barely). I don't wear it because ...well, I worry that it would read as culturally insensitive ... but I pet it now and again. :)  I do occasionally wear a similar silk jacket I purchased in China. Somehow that feels a bit different. 

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    Great thread Suz! I need to take a long look at my closet, but of course my mind goes to shoes. I have a pair of platform Stephane Kelian sandals that I thrifted and thrill me although I can't wear them often, thrifted Chanel sandals that I don't want to wear out, and of course my Okalas, which mainly go to the opera but I am delighted to wear them there. I also have coats in this category but that seems far away right now. Sorry no pictures - I have a new Chromebook and have to work that out.

  • texstyle replied 1 year ago

    My thoroughbreds probably

    would include my cashmere sweaters and my wool peacoat  - I love wearing them but only get an opportunity to wear them a few times a year in our short winter season.

  • gradfashionista replied 1 year ago

    Good question!

    A few items from previous seasons that come to mind include:

    * Burberry Trench, mid-thigh, cotton sateen, navy
    * Leather pants
    * Fluevog pointed lace up flats
    * EF minimalist drape leather moto jacket
    * Anne Fontaine checked shirt, double-collared, double-cuffed, blue and purple

    As an afterthought, I'll add the black strapless Jill Jill Stuart dress. It's not a perfect fit, and I only wore it once, but it made me feel glamorous and elicited a number of compliments from people with a wide-range of tastes.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Gradfashionista, you have some amazing horses in your stable!! All gorgeous items and such high quality. I remember that dress, of course, but also the Burberry coat -- so fabulous on you. 

    Texstyle, there is something so luxurious about wearing the loveliest fabrics appropriate to our shortest season. I think that is why I love sleeveless silk blouses so much!! 

    Shevia, the Okalas belong at the opera!! They're such special shoes. But then you have a lot of special shoes. 

  • Penny replied 1 year ago

    What a fun way of classifying clothing! A few that come to mind for me are a vintage black cocktail dress that I've had for a decade and that fits like a glove, a pair of bejeweled deep pink satin peep toes, a purple lace cocktail dress, a black enamel cuff encrusted in pearls and jewels, and a red fit-and-flare cocktail dress. Although none of them were particularly pricey, they are all beloved!

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 1 year ago

    Trouser jeans, I may not wear them as much as other silhouettes, but I love them. Whenever I go through my bottoms I am happy just touching them. I would have to add a second category, as a homeschooling mother I don't get to wear pumps often, but have both neutrals and some great colors too!

  • Anna replied 1 year ago

    My candy apple red patent Stuart Weitzman pumps. They are 3 inches high and I have never worn them for more than 1 hour at a time due to a bad ankle that cannot be repaired. But the color makes me happy just to look at them.

  • Cerinda replied 1 year ago

    My tuxedo, a close copy of YSL's original smoking (http://www.whowhatwear.com/yve.....king-suit/).

    Two lush winter coats in an extremely temperate, rainy climate:  a knee-length black cashmere wrap and a nearly ankle length rust alpaca/wool Balmacaan.

  • JAileen replied 1 year ago

    I've enjoyed seeing everyone's "thoroughbreds". I thought I didn't have one, but then thought of my Missoni poncho. I don't wear it a lot, even though I LOVE it.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    JAileen, that definitely qualifies!! What gorgeous colours. I hope you get to wear it more often soon! 

    Ah, Cerinda, that would be a dream of mine -- to have le smoking. I'll bet you look amazing in it. And you share this love of luxe items for a climate not lived in. I wonder if that is part of the definition of luxury. 

    Anna, those pumps make me smile just to THINK of them!! No wonder you love them. 

    Tracey, I hear you on not wearing pumps but loving the sight of them in the closet! 

    Penny, those items sound delicious. I notice a "dressy" theme. I'll bet you live a fairly casual life, like me. Le sigh....

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