There comes a point in every woman’s life when she realizes that she should stop and think before purchasing something new for her wardrobe. Long gone are the days of impulse buys at H&M. Those careless credit card swipes have likely been replaced with two questions: How often will I wear it and how long will it last before going or style—or unraveling? Sobering for those of us who are addicted to the latest trends. The good news is that ditching those fleeting fashion highs for staple pieces can be just as rewarding. Free yourself of guilt with these eight classic pieces. Versatile, timeless, effortlessly chic—check, check, check!
You really can’t go wrong with a trench. This figure-flattering piece of outwear will upgrade even the most laid-back ensemble come spring or fall.
There is no way to sugarcoat this one: Quality handbags are expensive but a worthy investment. A well-made leather bag will last. Plus, many have amazing resale value and, in some cases, even increase in value (ahem, Chanel).
Classic black stilettos
Your feet deserve the best shoes money can buy, right? And there’s no denying you’ll get your wear out of classic black stilettos. You can literally wear them everywhere, from the office to date night or even a funeral.
It really doesn’t get much cooler than this. A leather jacket, no matter how many years are on it, has the unique ability to make any outfit look modern. Go for the real deal and you’ll be able to wear it for decades to come.
A blazer fitted just for you will get a lot of play in your life. Dress it up with a skirt for work or pair it with jeans and t-shirt on the weekend. To ensure you get one that’s timeless, stick to short hemlines and neutral colors like black or navy.
White button-up shirt
Obvious but key: A white button-up is so useful to a woman’s wardrobe. Get a few in different fabrics and fits for more versatility.
Skip the fancy frills, distressed look, and printed denim. Instead, invest in a classic dark wash with a skinny or boot cut.
Opt for a classic wayfarer, aviator, or old-Hollywood style as they will all stand the test of time.
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.