Keeping up with trends, especially in the name of fashion, can be quite daunting, not to mention expensive. Of course, it can be fun to splurge on that "it" jacket that you've seen in all the magazines as of late, but more times than not trends live up to their definition sooner rather than later, and just when you thought you were caught up in all things fashionable, all you're left with is another dated piece of clothing that inevitably ends up in a pile to be donated.
In order to avoid spending loads of money (and time) by filling your closet with things that might not be popular next year, try adding in a few timeless classic pieces that will last you many seasons. Whether you're graduating from college and looking for an outfit that will carry you from the interview process into the first few years of your career, or you're simply on the search for evening attire to wear to a friend's wedding; consider each occasion that you make a purchase for as a way to add to your wardrobe a piece that you'll be able to mix and match for years without the fear of it going out of style. One piece that can be worn repeatedly is a blazer. Wear this to the office paired with a pencil skirt or slacks, throw it on over a tank top with jeans and heels for a night out, add it to shorts and flats for a trip to the Farmer's Market; a blazer can add a sophisticated and polished look to any outfit. Look for a blazer that is form-fitting yet not too tight so you'll be able to move around comfortably. Also take into consideration the color, and opt for a classic hue like solid black or navy, both of which can be paired with just about anything.
Another classic piece to add to your wardrobe is a comfortable, practical heel. Depending on your occupation and lifestyle, wearing heels might not be the ideal choice, but it's always nice to have a pair in your closet to take any outfit from day to night in a flash. I like to wear nude pumps with colorful or patterned dresses or tops, and black pumps with a classic black dress or pixie pants. It's important to keep in mind the height of the heel while shopping. A four-plus inch heel might feel comfortable in those few steps at the department store, but imagine all of the places you walk in your daily routine. A slightly shorter heel might work out better in the long haul. Also consider buying accessories that will keep your heels continuously looking and feeling like new, like these clear heel protectors by SoleMates for wearing heels in the grass, or these sole protectors by Protect Your Pumps that will keep the bottoms of your heels brand new. Classic heels to that can be worn day or night, and will last you many seasons.
Of course, any talk of a classic wardrobe must include the iconic little black dress, and for good reason. Whether you add a cardigan to the dress for the day, or you wear it alone with a statement necklace to it at night, a little black dress can be used in countless ways and occasions. The good news about this timeless piece is that just about every store carries them and in every price range. While searching for a dress, think about its versatility, and if you can imagine wearing it to completely different events. The more ways you can wear a dress, the more valuable the piece becomes, and hopefully you'll be able to implement it into many looks in the future with ease.
While I mentioned a blazer, a pair of heels, and a little black dress here, there are many more items that can become a mainstay in your closet. Remember to take into consideration things like the color, how functional and practical it is to wear in your daily routine, and, most importantly, how versatile the item is. It's always enticing to jump into the season's hottest trends, but before doing so think about adding a few timeless and classic pieces to give your wardrobe a solid-lasting foundation.