In a fashion industry saturated with countless here-today-gone-tomorrow trends, it is important to also make the investment in some timeless core staples for your wardrobe. However, determining what you should spend your hard-earned money on, versus what you can buy on the lower end of the price spectrum is another matter entirely. Always opt for classic silhouettes, quality craftsmanship, and versatile pieces. They are worth the investment and will stay in your closet for years. Yes, the initial blow to your credit card may sting a tad, but if you invest wisely, you’ll have these go-to favorites at the ready for years to come. Below are a few essentials that will stand the test of time.
Suitable for both day and night and perfect for dressing up a simple office look or to pair with your favorite jeans, a single-breasted, tailored black blazer should be in every woman’s closet. Clean lines and slightly padded shoulders lend nicely to a structured and polished look. Known for her impeccably tailored coats and attention to detail, a classic blazer by Stella McCartney from Net-A-Porter is a perfect option when you want to look sharp.
The Classic Trench Coat
With its classic tailored look, it’s no wonder the Burberry Trench Coat remains on top of many ‘must have’ lists. Instantly recognizable for its sleek and refined aesthetic, the trench coat acts as a perfect layer in between seasons or to anchor an ensemble. The versatile, knee-length cut in camel is worn well with a little black dress and strappy sandals, or jeans and a cashmere sweater. The fan-favorite Kensington Trench found at Nordstrom is a timeless, urban-chic piece that will elevate any look.
Like most investment pieces – the little black dress, a pair of Mary Janes, or an exceptional jacket – the shelf life of a quality black bag is worth the price. Although there is nothing wrong with purchasing unique statement bags from time to time, a neutral colored leather bag can be paired with anything. If taken care of a properly, a classic structured bag like the 1887 Clutch by Ebby Rane will last you a lifetime. From date night to brunch with the girls or a black-tie event, it’s the perfect pairing for any occasion.