Fashion is disposable, there is really no way around it. If you’re a trend setter, or a trend follower, the chances of that trendy item making its way into the next season are probably slim to none. So you toss it out, donate it to charity, if you’re really lucky, you sell it and make a bit back on your investment. Unless you’ve got the bankroll of Kim Kardashian or Jennifer Aniston, you probably aren’t selling your soul for uber trendy items when you know you can get the knock-off version of a labeled trend for a fraction of the price. That being said, there are certainly items in your wardrobe that you probably did spend a mint on, and if you were smart about it, they’re items that never go out of style. So if your super trendy wardrobe seems to be missing a few timeless touches, here are 10 items I think spending some good coin on will pay you back in dividends.
1) Fitted Leather Jacket
Leather is always in. Period. Leather jackets may follow trends, the designs will change slightly, but at the end of the day, it’s one of the most splurge-worthy pieces in your wardrobe. It’s not an impulse buy, and it may take years to find the perfect jacket, but trust me, it’s so worth it! The key of course is to find a timeless cut, and that means something that’s fitted in the waist, arms and shoulders will little or no embellishment. Avoid studs, heavy buckles or any other types of hardware that might date it.
2) Black Leather Handbag
Keeping up with the handbag trends can be a bit exhausting, not to mention detrimental to the ‘ol bank account! We’d all love to be able to keep up with the Joneses (or the Kardashians), but Coach, Louis Vitton and Kate Spade isn’t always in the stars for all of us. But forget trendy labels, a sleek, black leather purse is a must for every woman’s wardrobe. Realistically, we don’t need a closet full of handbags, besides, switching back and forth is such a hassel, so if you can bring yourself to purchasing a classic or two, you’re all set!
3) A Silk Blouse (or two!)
Sure, diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but so is silk, and it’s cheaper! Having a silk blouse or two in your wardrobe will relieve you of all those “what-to-wear” conundrums. You can wear silk to work, out with girlfriends, or out on the town with your date. If you can manage to snag one in black and one in white, you’ll have more looks than you’ll know what to do with.
4) Black Skinny Jeans
The slim or skinny fit jean is definitely a trend that’s come and gone, but we now know that it’s a style that is going no where fast. From casual to couture looks, the black skinny is a style that looks great on absolutely every body type. Whether you style it down with a simple over-sized t-shirt, or you chic it up with your signature silk blouse and a tuxedo blouse, it is without question one of the most versatile pieces you’ll ever purchase. You don’t have to spend a mint, but to ensure quality and the longevity of color in the fabric, make sure the denim is ring-spun, soft and with as little hardware as possible.
5) The Little Black Dress
Remember Audrey Hepburn’s iconic black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s? That’s the sort of impact you should make with your little black number. You should definitely have more than one, but let one or two of them be timeless silhouettes rather than trendy flash-in-the-pan designs. Stay away from anything with mesh or sheer material as a staple, it’s not classic. Don’t cheap out, great fabric costs money and will last through decades of wear.
It may be tempting to buy the $5.00 thongs from the panty bin at our local lingerie shop, but we all know they don’t last. The elastic starts to go on them, the colors fade, and before you know it, it looks like you’re wearing second hand underwear, yuck! Over 90% of us are wearing the wrong sized bra, and it’s often because we get suckered into flash sales, scooping up as many bras as we can, for as little as we can. A good set of bras is always worth splurging on!
7) A Classic Trench
There’s always that funny transitional time between summer and fall, and winter to spring, when you need something that keeps your warm enough, but is light enough you can layer if you need to. The classic trench is a piece that no wardrobe can go without. It is arguably the most versatile coats you can purchase, and it’s definitely something worth spending some good coin on. Choose colors that are timeless like black, tan, or even red.
8) A Slammin’ Pair of Sunnies
Eyewear. We always find some way to justify blowing all of our money on a killer pair of sunglasses, and to someone who doesn’t love fashion as much as we do, they may think that’s ridiculous. Well, it all depends on how much you’re forking out, but the higher quality the sunnies, the more expensive they are, and at the end of the day, is your eyesight (and perfect sense of style!) really worth cheaping out for? Of course not! The challenge is finding a shape that doesn’t peg you into one fashion era.
9) A Silk Scarf
You might be scratching your head on this one, but trust me, a silk scarf is something I bring out several times a month for all sorts of events. Use it to tie your luscious locks back, pair it with your little black dress and use it as a shawl, or drape it around your neck to refine your look. Here’s hoping Hermes is having a sale!
10) A Signature Scent
It can take forever to find your perfect scent, but when you do, watch the world fall at your feet! Believe it or not, perfumes go through trends also, but let’s get real here, who really wants to smell like everyone else? Not me! Take a peruse through the perfume department at your favorite beauty shop or department store, and commit some time to seeing what works on your skin!