In a recent thread (can't remember which one now, sorry!) Sal (I think!) mentioned that some clothing items do take time to come into their own or to prove their value.
This little top from Club Monaco is one example. I bought it years ago to go with my black and white tube skirt, but after I passed that skirt along, it didn't get much (um, any) wear. Yet I didn't edit it out because I kept telling myself a black top is so useful and you never know, etc. etc.
Yesterday, mid heat-wave, it proved its worth. All my light coloured bras were in the wash, most of my tops were in the wash (yes, it was wash day chez our house) and I needed something easy and very cool. It's basically a crop top with a split back overlay (not sure if you can see from the back view). Perfect for really hot temps with the trusty Ripskirt.
I think I'll have it in more regular rotation now that I see it works with the skirt. Maybe for a few years I didn't have much that was high waisted enough to work with it. But now I do. So there you go.
Also, I do wear black now and again. Here's proof.