Buying a single piece, and nothing to wear on it.

single piece of clothing

I always buy a new single piece of clothing quite impulsively. In the past……. or well, about 8 years ago, I used to go shopping in the city. Checking out every store. First look at what was in stores and then come back again to buy it. When my health was even better, but that was longer ago, I could easily shop all day. I even managed to go shopping with my sister-in-law from 10am till 11pm. Well including lunch and dinner of course….. Oh those were the days. But now I can’t even remember the last time I went shopping in real stores. Then I would have to use the wheelchair, it’s difficult….

Think better when buying a single piece of clothing

buying a single piece of clothing

So I buy everything online and often it is a single piece of clothing. While you often buy sets in a store. Especially when the staff are good sales persons, like we had in the store where I worked. But then again…..you might be wearing that set all the time as a set and not be creative with the single items at all…… Soooo, I often buy a single item and then I think, what should I wear with it? Now I hear you thinking, well Nancy, I think you have plenty of choice. Yes, you’re absolutely right about that.

But these trousers, for example. I would wear it with a simple white t-shirt and these white sneakers in the spring, but for now I thought a sweater was so simple.( yeah that’s me saying that….) And I actually think that white is the only colour that would look great on these trousers.

Get your closet in your head or don’t buy single pieces

grey trousers wide legged

And then I saw Suzy, The Grey Brunette, and she was wearing a preppy look. Et voila! So just a sweater but with a blouse underneath. Where Suzy lets the blouse come out completely, I did a half tuck of which I’m not entirely sure if it worked. Like it but I should not have bought these trousers as a single piece. Remember to ask myself when I buy something: With what can I wear it? At least 3 other items!

Now you might also be thinking, dear Nancy, this isn’t you at all, right. But since I often go cycling(not only for fun, but also when I have to go somewhere that is not that far away) and it’s much too cold for a dress or skirt (even with leggings) I now often wear trousers, at least when I go away by bicycle. And always wearing jeans feels so boring to me. Even when I have two different pairs to choose from, lol! And yes, I do know that the belt isn’t in the middle, it isn’t suppose to be in the middle….

single piece of clothing

black and white striped sweatersingle piece of clothingblouse under a jumper outfit

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60 Comments

  1. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    I often have a dilemma with a single item. I picked up a pre-loved skirt in coral this week, beautiful colour but needs tights and dark opaque ones look bad…plus which shoes, I don’t have boots in the right colours….aargh

    • nancy
      Author
      17th February 2023 / 18:22

      Hahha, yes awfull is that isn’t it! But I am sure you will find something that works with the skirt.

  2. Tina von Tinaspinkfriday
    17th February 2023 / 18:22

    I love stripes Nancy. You look amazing and it’s a good Style for cycling.

    • nancy
      Author
      17th February 2023 / 18:22

      Thanks Tina.

  3. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    Love your stripy outfit Nancy πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for hosting.

    • nancy
      Author
      17th February 2023 / 18:22

      Thanks Claire!

  4. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    I love a good pair of grey trousers. You look great!
    Queenie x

    • nancy
      Author
      17th February 2023 / 18:22

      Thank you very much.

  5. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    I love it, Nancy!! You look fabulous, and I’m so chuffed that I inspired you πŸ™‚
    I think the belt at the side with the half tuck looks FAB….I think you might have been inspired by Trinny, right??!
    Big hugs
    Suzy xx

    • nancy
      Author
      17th February 2023 / 18:22

      Yes indeed! I get a lot of inspiration of Trinny, think she is amazing!

    • nancy
      Author
      17th February 2023 / 18:22

      Thanks Kathrine, enjoy your weekend!

  6. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    This look is fabulous Nancy! I love the preppy vibes! And I think the side belt with the half tuck looks great!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    • nancy
      Author
      17th February 2023 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Jill.

  7. Andrea Nine
    17th February 2023 / 18:22

    Love the preppy vibes. Stripes like this are always a good idea!

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      Thank you Andrea!

  8. Bojana Krienke
    17th February 2023 / 18:22

    What a great preppy look! I love the look of these trousers, and they look great paired with white sneakers. I have to say that i rarely buy a set together, it does happen but not very often. I feel like gray and pink also go well together, and black. Looking forward to seeing how else you style them.

    bosbodaciousblog.blogspot.ca

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Bojana!

  9. Jennifer
    17th February 2023 / 18:22

    I always try to make sure I have ways to style something before I buy it! Love your outfit!

    Jennifer
    Curated by Jennifer

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      I should do that too Jennifer! Thanks!

  10. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    That is such a cute sweater and I love it styled with the trousers. I think I only ever by a single piece, and then I often get it home and wonder what to wear with it. Skirts are especially challenging.

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      Haha, weird is that isn’t it! Why do we keep on doing that? Thanks Amy!

  11. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    I used to shop all day too but now I shop online. I get irritated in store, the selection isn’t as good and I can’t find my size. I also end up with way too many impulse buys. When I shop online I can leave my cart and then come back later!
    Have a great weekend Nancy!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      Yes that is totally true! And I also leave things in my basket to think it over, it does help.

  12. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    I like it! And I am sure you will come up with more outfits with them! I just bought 3 dresses while thrifting and can’t wait to wear them. I’ll add toppers until it warms up. And one has buttons all the way down so I will wear it as a tunic (too short to be worn as a dress) and as a jacket.
    http://www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      I like button down dresses even better as a tunic! Thanks Mireille!

  13. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    I was just talking about stripes today. Love this look with the trousers and sneakers too! My Pn condition doesn’t allow me to wear trousers at the moment, but I love the look!
    Happy Friday Nancy!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      I do hope your condition gets better soon Jess! Thanks!

  14. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    You shop like I do, Nancy. And for the most part it works. But every once in awhile, it doesn’t. Still I think this outfit looks great on you! And yes, I can see the Suzy inspiration.

    Michelle
    https://funkyfashionstyle.com

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Michelle!

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      I am totally not a fan………lol sorry.

  15. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    Oh Nancy, I am so guilty of buying single items, too! When I’m shopping, I think about the items in my closet I can wear with the new single item-but it rarely works out as well as I imagined when I get the piece home! Love the way you styled the grey trousers with bold stripes-you wear the classics with great style! Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend!

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      I am glad I’m not the only one Di! Thanks!

  16. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    How right you are, Nancy. There is little more frustrating than buying a piece that you love only to realize that you’ve got nothing in your wardrobe to wear with it.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      Thanks Rena!

  17. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    I love that sweater! It looks so soft and cozy! I like how those pants look with your sweater. I hope you have a great weekend!

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Laura!

  18. Joanne
    17th February 2023 / 18:22

    Your marathon shopping days remind me of days shopping with my grandmother! We’d leave right after breakfast and shop until well past dinner time. She loved sales and we’d go item by item rack by rack through some of her favorite stores. We had to try on ANYTHING that was in our size range that she even remotely liked and then she’d veto 1/2 of them! Your pants fit great and they look both stylish and comfortable. I like to pair my gray pants with shades of pink too. Really I think gray is supposed to be the new black and treated as a neutral but I still tend to wear mine with pastels and white and maybe black.

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      Oh those days are wonderful aren’t they! I think pastels good work indeed!

  19. 17th February 2023 / 18:22

    You look terrific, Nancy!
    I am loving the preppy vibes.
    Thanks for the linkup!

    Rosemary

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      Thank youvery much Rosemary!

  20. 18th February 2023 / 18:22

    Nancy you always look so good- effortlessly! Thank you so much for featuring me!! You’re too sweet!

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      Totally my pleasure Lucy!

  21. jodie filogomo
    18th February 2023 / 18:22

    I tend to buy single items instead of sets. But then again I love putting together different things.
    In fact, I would pair pink or blue or even purple with those pants. They almost look like silver, so I just think they would go with all the fun colors.
    Come on, prove me wrong, LOL
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      Hahaha, okay, next challenge! Wearing colour with these trousers!

  22. 18th February 2023 / 18:22

    Nancy, I think the shirt halfway out looks really chic, especially with your belt off center! I almost always buy single items and rarely buy an entire outfit. It’s more fun that way! Thanks for the link party!

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      Yes I think it is Marsha, we need to stay creative!

  23. 18th February 2023 / 18:22

    Those trousers would work with many different colours, I think.
    I’m loving the striped jumper with it, though.
    I must say that I have never in my life bought a complete set of clothing when out shopping. I always buy single items, and no, I’m not always good at working out in advance which items in my wardrobe they would actually go with πŸ™‚ xxx

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      I think that the trap of buying sets is that it can be very boring isn’t it?

    • nancy
      Author
      20th February 2023 / 18:22

      Thank you very much!

  24. 21st February 2023 / 18:22

    Lucy’s way of styling animal print is really on point. Pulled it off really well without being over the top but still daring.

    I love wear grey so I see why you could not resist. I love wearing grey with green, pink, yellow, beige, black, more grey. It is such an elegant color. Thank you for hosting.

    • nancy
      Author
      21st February 2023 / 18:22

      Yes it’s indeed a elegant colour! I think after white, pink is the best colour with grey. Thanks Sabina.

  25. 22nd February 2023 / 18:22

    I think the pants are fabulous! You have the look of the famous actress Lauren Bacall going on with your broad shoulders and slim legs. Great look for you!

    Hugs,
    Karin

    • nancy
      Author
      23rd February 2023 / 18:22

      I only wish Karin! Thank you.

  26. 22nd February 2023 / 18:22

    Thanks for the link-party, Nancy – phew, I made it just under the wire!

    I often buy one-offs – and sometimes they become “closet orphans” as they just don’t go with anything else I own (which is hard to believe, but you know this, right??). I like the pants, but I don’t love them. They’re…okay. I do like how you styled this outfit – I think the half-tuck is good with it.

    • nancy
      Author
      23rd February 2023 / 18:22

      They are okay, I agree, but they are just perect for cycling!

  27. 3rd March 2023 / 18:22

    Cute, cute, cute! This is such a cool, modern look. Preppy but still very you! I love it! (Sorry I am comment bombing you today! I want to catch up with everyone now that I have time!)

    Shelbee

    • nancy
      Author
      3rd March 2023 / 18:22

      Hahaa, you don’t have to catch up on my blog. I know you are busy, it’s totally okay to don’t sometimes!

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