There comes a point in every woman’s life when she realizes she actually has to think before she purchases something new for her wardrobe. Gone are the days of impulse buys and Forever 21 and H&M. For me, those days have been replaced with these two questions: How long will it last and how often will I wear it?
Sobering questions for the fashion addicts out there, I know. The good news is that ditching those fleeting fashion highs for long-lasting wardrobe staples can be just as rewarding.
You can be free of guilt when you add these 8 items to your shopping list because they are versatile, will stand the test of time, and are insanely chic.
1. Trench Coat
You really can’t go wrong with this classic piece. This figure-flattering piece of outwear will upgrade even the most laid-back ensemble and you’ll be wearing it for the rest of your life.
2. Quality Black Leather Bag
There is no way to sugar coat this one – handbags are expensive! Soften the blow with this little nugget of information, a quality black leather bag has amazing resale value and sometimes it can increase in value (ahem, Chanel).
3. Classic Black Pumps
You’re feet deserve the best shoes money can buy, don’t they? Plus, a woman in good shoes can basically rule the world.
4. Leather Jacket/Pants
Investing in a pair of leather pants and a leather jacket will not only help channel your inner rock star, they will quickly become your most loved wardrobe staples.
5. Classic Black Blazer
A perfectly tailored black blazer will get a lot of play in your life (work to the weekend), so it’s best to get a good one.
6. White Button-Up Shirt
A white button-up is so useful to a woman’s wardrobe; I am going to encourage you to get two – one for the office and one for the weekend.
7. Non-Trendy Jeans
Skip the whiskers, the studs, and the wild pockets – investing in a quality pair of jeans will change up the look of your entire wardrobe.
8. Serious Shades
Cheap sunglasses are actually bad for the health of your eyes. Do your eyes a favor and treat them to a nice pair of designer shades. Opt for a classic wayfarer, aviator, or old-Hollywood style because they will all stand the test of time.
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Lauren Messiah, is a Los Angeles based stylist and the creator of LaurenMessiah.com, a blog about designer deals, the hottest trends, and Lauren’s life as a fashion stylist.Lauren styles some of Hollywood’s most successful women in entertainment, celebrities, fashion editorials, and national ad campaigns. Lauren has been featured in Marie Claire, Vogue Italia, Grazia, WWD, OK! Magazine and Health Magazine.