For example, this floral pencil skirt is adorable, but unless it was very cheap ($10 or less)..I would pass on it, because it is not a very versatile piece. There might be 2 or 3 different ways you could wear it, but it's a bold memorable piece, so you couldn't wear it very often anyways.
Here are my most worn and remixable skirts. I think every woman needs a black, navy, gray, and an assortment of other colored skirts to have a remixable wardrobe.
I think tops (cardigans, blouses, sweaters, blazers, etc.) are easier and cheaper to buy in your trendier prints, colors, and patterns. I usually buy a shirt if I can think of 3-4 different ways to wear it, and it's below $15. I will spend up to $20 on a solid or classic printed cardigan, because I know I will wear it hundreds of different ways.
So the moral is, buy items that you can create TONS of other outfits with. Think solids and classic prints. Classic prints would be polka dots, stripes, leopard, and houndstooth.
I could do this with tons of different pieces, but since I don't have all day...(and I have a baby that I'm playing with as I write this)...I'll just show you some different ways I've remixed my hot pink cardigan.
I hope that helped! If you have any more questions, just comment...I'd be glad to help!
God Bless ♥