There’s nothing like snagging a great bargain at the end of the season and stocking up on each season’s trends. However, it’s worth splurging on a few wardrobe basics that will take you through the years in style. Although you may spend more up front on a classic item, it will pay off in the long run when you calculate the price over a longer period of time. Don’t feel bad about spending a bit more on the following must-have basics.
1. A Statement Necklace
There’s a reason why jewellery is often passed down from one generation to the next. Investing in high quality pieces gives you a glamorous and individualized item that you can wear with multiple outfits. A statement necklace that makes you feel good is well worth the price.
2. Wear-everywhere Flats
Black and nude pumps are always listed as wardrobe staples, but it’s hard to beat a quality pair of flats for getting you through the ups and downs of daily life. Stay away from the flimsy bargains that will do your arches no favours. Instead, splash out on a pair that will last for more than one season, even if you pound miles of pavement each day, like these pairs from Tory Burch on Lyst.
3. A Wrap Dress
Imagine a dress suitable for the office, weekend lounging, a first date, and for throwing in your suitcase for a holiday. It’s flattering on all body types, and can handle small weight fluctuations in stride. What is this magic garment? The wrap dress! Spend a bit more for a classic Diane Von Furstenberg and you’ll get compliments for years.
4. The Classic Handbag
It’s fun to look at all the “It” bags each season, but every woman should have a sturdy, high-quality handbag to use no matter what the fashion trends of the moment are. Opt for a bag in basic black or python that never goes out of style, and try to avoid visible labels. Although you may pay a bit out of pocket for a good handbag, you don’t necessarily have to choose a designer label. Look at the craftsmanship instead.
5. A Stylish Coat
Women who live in cold climates already know how important a good winter coat is, both for the warmth and the style. Chances are that you’ll be seen mainly in your coat for several months out of the year, so choose a sleek navy peacoat or chic camel coat. You could also opt to add a pop of colour to your outfit, which can cheer you up on the bleakest days. Look for wool or cashmere fabrics and excellent tailoring.
These five basics are anything but boring, particularly when worn together!