I have been doing a little bit of work on a style statement, and thinking through which items of clothing are essential to expressing my style has prompted me to muse on the ways in which what is available to us in stores shapes our style.

I'm thinking for example of those white tuxedo-pleat shirts I wore so much this past winter. I wore them a LOT! And don't get me wrong, I like them. But I think they became essentials not because they were key to my style but because they were available. If I didn't have a white tuxedo-pleat shirt, I wouldn't feel like I couldn't dress like me, if you get what I am saying.

I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience or made similar observations. Do you have "essentials of convenience," and if so what are they?