Fashion trends can be fickle things. There have been a lot of flash-in-the-pan fads over the years, hot topics in one moment and then completely forgotten in the next. This is why the fashion classics remain classics — they stand the test of time, no matter how many other things come and go. Here are just a few items that you should invest in if you don’t have them already, or should keep if they’re already in your closet.
The Little Black Dress
The LBD’s longevity can be attributed to its flexibility. You can wear it from day to night, dress it up or down, be casual or sexy with it, and everything else in between. You can wear it with a jacket, a cardigan, a scarf, a hat, a pair of thigh-high boots, white sneakers, red high heels — the list goes on and on and on. And much like any other classic outfit, there’s a little black dress that will flatter your body; you just have to be patient because the time you invest in searching for the perfect LBD is definitely worth it. It’s also a good decision to have a couple (or a lot!) of LBDs that you can rotate for various occasions.
The lapel pin might be a small accessory but it adds a big impact to almost any ensemble, whether it’s a three-piece bespoke suit or a casual dress. You often see them adorning a man’s suit jacket or shirt collar, in simple designs like a flower to resemble a traditional boutonniere or perhaps the logo of an organization. But lapel pins are definitely not limited to lapels or collars and there are certainly more designs that you can choose from. You can attach these pins on your hats, scarves, ties, or even bags, and there are literally millions of pins that you can buy from both online and physical stores. If you still can’t find the design you want, you can have lapel pins customized with your own designs for affordable prices.
Want to give your wardrobe an edge that doesn’t look overdone? Animal prints are the answer. They’re like neutrals cranked up a notch. They don’t choose “seasons” so to speak, and because they’re usually in shades of brown, black, or gray, they can be matched with almost any kind and color of outfit. If you aren’t sure that you can pull of an animal print dress or shirt, you can opt for accessories like scarves, cardigans, or bags. You can even find sunglasses with animal print frames!
Speaking of sunglasses, one of the most iconic styles of sunglasses has got to be the wayfarers that debuted in the early 1950s. The shape is flattering for everyone and it goes well with any kind of outfit, whether it’s retro, modern, formal, or casual. The classic style with solid black frames is a must-have, but you can definitely play it up with other designs and even pick a different lens color or finish.
The Right Pair of Jeans
Like the LBD, the right pair of jeans is easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion (just maybe not the black-tie ones). Invest on two pairs: one light and one dark wash; the former can be your go-to for casual looks, while the latter could be your dressier choice. Other finishes like stonewashed or sandblasted denim are all well and good, but they aren’t as timeless. As for the cut, it all depends on your body type. Straight cut and slim-fit are safe choices; for a more relaxed look and feel, go for the boyfriend-style silhouette.
A button-up shirt is a foundation piece that you can pair and layer with almost anything, whether it’s a suit, a pair of jeans, or a flowy skirt. It’s good to invest in a lot of solid-colored dress shirts; for prints and patterns, pinstripes, small polka dots, and plaids are the way to go. Save some space in your closet for some bolder designs, like paisley or florals if you’re confident enough to wear them. For women, you might also want to bring in some sleeveless button-ups for warmer weather.
In the end, fashion is all about expressing your personality through clothes and accessories. These items may be a common thing in a lot of closets all over the world, but how you change things up and style it your way is how you stand out from the crowd!