A Dose of Winter Pink

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked for some advice on what my essential pieces are for remixing outfits and how to pick out pieces that will help build a remixable wardrobe. Since then, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what my strategies are to make the clothing I have go a long way. I’m a college student and so I can only afford to get a few new things per season. This means that I have to constantly look at what I already have in my closet in new ways to come up with different outfits every week. 
This outfit is a good example of a few of the ways I make sure to get the most out of every piece in my closet. For starters, the black skirt, black tights, and black boots are all basics that I think everyone should have in their closet. I have worn each of these pieces countless times. 
The pink blouse, on the other hand, is not a basic. It’s just a fun piece that I picked up over the summer, knowing that because it’s lightweight but has long sleeves, I would be able to make it work year round. Before I buy anything, I force myself to mentally come up with at least 4-5 different ways I could wear it on the spot. If I can easily do that, then I know it’s something that I will get a ton of use out of. I also try to make sure that it’s wearable in at least three out of the four seasons. For example, I’ve worn this top during the summer, in the fall with skinny jeans, an anorak, and an infinity scarf, and now in the winter paired with all black. I have to admit, when I first learned that pastel pink was going to be a trend this fall/winter, I was both skeptical and excited. Pink is my favorite color and I actually really like how it looks contrasted with all black for an unexpected winter outfit.
 Blouse, belt: Forever 21 / skirt: Nordstrom Rack / tights: Hue / boots: Nordstrom B.P.
How do you make sure that you get the most wear out of your clothes? Have you tried the winter pastel trend?