columnfinal.jpgGemma Cartwright writes...

A black, long sleeved v-neck tee bought after the airline lost my luggage on a trip to the USA. A short indigo denim skirt with black ribbon stripes down the sides picked up in the Gap sale for £4 about five years ago. A pair of slouchy black leather boots from New Look that have worn down to the plastic on the heels. A black pencil skirt from Matalan with a notched, semi-high waist. An animal print cardigan from Peacocks. Secret support vest tops from H&M in black, brown, green and any other colour I can get hold of. A black t-shirt with a crochet panel under the bust that I 'borrowed' from my mom and never gave back.

All these things are what Isabelle has christened 'Wardrobe Glue'. They're the cheap basics in your wardrobe that you wear more than you care to mention...

I've always considered my style to be ostentatious and all about print and colour. But looking through my list of most frequently worn things, they are inevitably the basics, the simple things that'll tone down my excessive collection of florals, prints and brights. I'd forgotten how useful a black t-shirt, a white shirt and a pair of good jeans are.

Generally these things come from unexpected places too - like the Marks & Spencer velvet jacket my mom bought me in the sale because she thought I'd like it (I do, and so does everyone else), the scarf I got in a press goodie bag that's served me well at festivals, and the oversize floaty vest top a friend wore in Australia over her bikini, and passed on to me afterward (I wear it over that 'lost luggage' top).

As I start packing up all my clothes (I'm moving to a new flat...more on that soon, no doubt) I've rediscovered loads of items that can probably be reworked for another season thanks to my trusty wardrobe glue. Summery spaghetti strap tops look very Marc by Marc Jacobs layered over tees or thermals, throw a jumper over a dress and you've got a new skirt, and mini prom dresses layered over my knee-length slip give a peplum effect that might just work for fashion week parties if I have the guts to give the look a go.

What wardrobe glue do you rely on? I'd love to hear your tips on how to make the most of your crazier items with some basics...