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Style tips for a timeless look

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Build a timeless wardrobe

Though trendy fashions are fun, in order to maintain timeless style, you need to build your wardrobe with classic pieces. The perfect little black dress, pearl earrings and classic pumps are just the beginning of a timeless wardrobe.

For a timeless style, build your wardrobe with classic pieces that will look good for many years to come. Here are some helpful fashion tips for creating a timeless look.

How to create a timeless look

Little black dress

Start with monochromatic basics

The obvious choice is the little black dress. Select a dress in a figure-flattering silhouette at knee-length. This piece will never go out of style can be worn almost anywhere. Add a pair of classic black pumps or slingbacks and a black leather shoulder bag. These fashion basics can be the foundation of your look year in and year out.

Monochromatic doesn't necessarily have to be black, however. For example, a grey business suit or a chocolate brown wrap dress and matching pumps are also fantastic choices that will withstand the test of time.

Pick classic jewelry

A strand of pearls and a pair of diamond stud earrings are essential for timeless style. These pieces never appear outdated and will always add a sense of class and sophistication to you look.

Splurge on a designer bag

Though economic times are tough, it's sometimes worth it to splurge a little bit when building your wardrobe. One of the best places to spend a little extra is on a classic designer bag.

Pick one bag that you truly love and know that you'll carry for years to come. Whether it's a Chanel flap bag, Louis Vuitton Speedy or any number of other timeless handbags, it's up to you.

Don't wear baggy clothes

No matter your size or body type, don't wear baggy clothes. Despite what you might think, oversized, shapeless garments don't hide your size -- in fact, they make you look bigger. Choose flattering cuts that skim the body without binding or clinging.

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Accentuate your assets

Every woman has a part of her body that she truly loves. Accenuate the positive by choosing flattering pieces.

If you have an elegant neck and shoulders, choose blouses with unique necklines to draw the attention upward to show off your best assets. If you have an hour glass figure, select dresses with a cinched or embellished waist to define your figure. Women with long, beautiful legs shouldn't be afraid to show them off. Pick hemlines that are an inch or two above the knee to display your gorgeous gams.

Select comfortable fabrics

If an outfit isn't comfortable, you aren't going to wear it often -- no matter how good it looks. When building a timeless style, incorporate pieces in comfortable fabrics. Look for knit tops and dresses, as well as skirts and pants with a little spandex for some stretch and shape.

Buy one statement piece

Define your style with one dramatic statement piece that you truly adore. This garment can be anything from a classic trench coat to metallic sandals to chunky cocktail ring. Invest in something with a bit of flair. Timeless style shouldn't be boring.

Also check out 20 ways to get a more elegant style >>

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