Whether you like your pieces timeless or prefer to follow current trends, the pillar of every great and stylish wardrobe are smart essentials. If you own too many statement pieces, coming up with the perfect combo can be tricky and at times nerve-racking, which is precisely where a good old timeless essential comes to your rescue just when you’re about to give up. This is precisely why your wardrobe has to be fully stocked with these essentials at all times, because they will always come through for you to save the day, not to mention that aside from their timeless cut, they are made to stand the test of time in terms of durability, so when you purchase these items you’re actually investing in your style for the long haul, so let’s not waste any more time before we unveil what they are, so you can a) scout to check whether you already own them and b) go shopping for the ones you don’t. Thank us later, and you’re welcome.
Starting from the bottom
What every old school style guru the likes of Tim Gunn would tell you is that every woman should own a pair of high or mid-rise black pants – depending on your body shape. However, the traditional black pants have lost some of their appeal and now look a tad outdated and corporate, which is exactly why you should turn to the next best thing – black wide-leg pants or culottes. Aside from being incredibly chic and miraculously glittering on every body type (like the jeans from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), they’re not only trendy now. These are the new classic pants that will be in style for years to come, which makes them the perfect alternative for regular black trousers.
That perfect pair
No matter what our personal sense of style is, there is no stylish woman who doesn’t own at least two pairs of jeans, but in reality, you only need one pair of great women’s jeans – the kind that accentuates all your curves, suits your body type and is just the right color. Trends come and go but pale and dark wash skinny jeans don’t seem to be going out of style, and after so many years of being in rotation, it’s safe to say skinny jeans are a timeless staple at this point, so go scout and good luck, because one pair of perfect ones beats ten ‘good enough’ ones.
When in doubt, go black
It’s no secret that the little black dress holds an iconic status. It is the queen of all dresses. Why? First of all, black conveys both power and elegance, and as a non-color – it never goes out of style. Secondly, when all your other dresses just seem like the wrong choice for a certain occasion, ones you catch a glimpse of that perfect LBD hanging in your closet, it’s like a weight is lifted off your shoulder. The only thing that’s left for you to do is find the right cut that will do your body justice. Pear shapes look amazing in halter dresses, petit women can go with the iconic Audrey Hepburn cut, while apple shaped women are made for a shirred dress that will provide the illusion of a slimmer waist. Finally, hourglass figures can go with a belted dress with a V-neck that will accentuate the waistline and show it off in its full glory.
Whether you’re the chic, casual, boho, corporate or athletic type – every woman needs loads of simple white, grey and black shirts in her closet. They can be dressed up and down, give you a cool and chic look when you top them off with a stylish blazer or just look cute with a pair of summer striped shorts or a pleated skirt during hot summer days. It’s totally inconspicuous but it helps you create the exact outfit you want, which is why once they become too washed out and shabby, you should restock immediately.
The best investment
You will definitely thank us for this one. No woman ever should live without these two iconic and chameleonic pieces of outerwear – the edgy biker jacket and a classic trench coat. These pieces are the classic outerwear 101, and they work great on every woman, regardless of her age, style and, even, body type. They turn the simplest outfit into something just a touch edgy and elevated respectively, and believe it or not, they have the power to make or break a look, so if you don’t own them, hop to it immediately because this style mistake needs to be rectified ASAP.
In the name of athleisure
As athleisure has established itself not as a trend but a lifestyle, it’s safe to say that the pieces representing it won’t be going away any time soon. That calls for athleisure item number one – a great and versatile pair of sneakers that are casual enough to wear when running errands or having lunch, but also sleek enough so you can get away with them at the office and tennis shoes just might be the perfect blend of these two needs.
Athleisure, the sequel
The second one is an oversized checkered blazer that will be with us for a long time so you might as well buy it, and if you get it in shades of grey you are guaranteed to wear it whenever you don’t know what else to put over your top for a little pizzazz.
Classic all the away
Just as every torso needs that perfect white button-down shirt that can be worn everywhere from the office or a date, to a casual summer stroll or even the French Riviera, the feet simply need one pair of patent leather pumps. Even if you’re not a fan of heels, keep these ones just as a safety net, because that black dress will need a companion sooner or later and you don’t want to be caught unprepared, and as a slight twist, you can go with the ankle strap ones.