The real fashion missions in life always seem to focus on the items that should be so easy to find, but are in fact really difficult. I have a handful of garments that I have worn to death, but refuse to part with because I have not found a suitable replacement. Why is it so hard to find a perfect cardigan or three inch heel? Here is my list of items I am always hunting for, the most underrated fashion items. I am sure you have some items to add to this list, what basic items do you struggle to find?
1. The perfect cardigan. If you are looking for a waist-length, chic cardigan, then they are easy enough to find. But I also like to have longer cardigans to wear in the winter. Most of the ones I have found are either too slim (so if you aren’t wearing something tight underneath it looks bulky), have an unflattering V-neckline, or are sloppy “Grandpa” cardigan cuts. I have a few of those drapy ones but they fall off my shoulders and don’t close. The only one I’ve found that I really like is by John Smedley, but it is super loose.
2. A great three inch heel. Don’t get me wrong, I love four and five inch heels, but for running errands and doing daycare drops, I like something comfortable, and I actually feel more at ease in a three inch heel over a flat (which rarely provides much support.) But try and find me a great three inch heel! I’ve got a few pairs from Finsk, but most of hers are higher than three inches. I used to buy Chie Mihara, but their shoes look too vintage-y these days. Most designer brands either do flats or towering heels, or stilettos, which is also unpractical as I don’t want to be replacing the heel tip every 3 weeks.
3. Good cotton underwear. Let’s face it, nothing is more comfortable than wearing cotton underwear. But for some reason, most cotton underwear is either in super plain colours, or comes in polka dots or Snoopy prints. Anything that looks good is in silk or crappy synthetic fabrics. What if you want underwear that is sexy, pretty, or at least cool, in cotton? You are out of luck. I have spent the past five years searching for awesome cotton underwear, and I give up. It does not exist.
4. A flattering turtleneck. Another knitwear dilemma. Ths is a highly practical garment, especially in winter when you want to keep your neck warm. The problem with most turtlenecks is that they are either super tight (around the neck and body) which makes you look like Steve Jobs, or they are big, sloppy, loose things. Can there not be a middle ground? In cashmere, please?
5. Practical, stylish winter boots. This is also an item I am constantly hunting for, although I’ve had much more success here than I have in the other four categories. I like a winter boot with a three or so inch heel, that is chunky, so I can wear it every day and not worry about bad weather conditions. It also needs to be in a durable leather that will withstand the elements. Other must-have qualities are easy to put on (no buttons or laces) and versatile, as it is an item I wear a lot. Oh yes, and they have to be cool. That’s the tough part. I have found a few pairs, and I’ve worn them to death.