Whether you’re going to a family get-together, a Saturday-night party or just to the office, you should be able to pull out one of your timeless investments to create the perfect outfit.
The fall season means cooler weather, holidays and tons of events, so don’t get caught off-guard trying to put a last-minute outfit together. There are a few items that every woman should own and have handy for any occasion. We recommend these items as investments because they are great for any event, recyclable for any season and always fashionable.
The little black dress
(Forever 21, $16)
It’s an unwritten rule that every woman needs a little black dress. It’s trendy and classy and perfect for going out. It complements every figure and demands attention. The LBD is a must-have for fall parties and events, so pull yours out of the closet or shop for a new one (now that you have the excuse) and look effortlessly flawless. Find your perfect LBD.
(Charlotte Russe, $10)
Scarves were not made for the sole purpose of keeping you warm, although they can fulfill that function. They are meant to be an accessory or an accent piece to your ensemble. Give your outfit a true fall look by adding a scarf with a fun print!
(Necessary Clothing, $50)
A black leather jacket is a fall must-have, and a great investment piece because of its versatility. The leather jacket can add edge to a tank top and maxi skirt or to a halter top and jeans. You can never go wrong with classic black, but we also recommend you mix it up with alternative bold colors.
Classic pencil skirt
Every woman should have a pencil skirt handy, whether for the office or a date. What makes the pencil skirt a great investment is that it complements any body shape by hugging the curves and accentuating a smaller waist. A smooth black skirt elongates the body and gives every woman a boost of confidence.
It’s probably a no-brainer to have at least one pair of jeans, if not a few, in your closet, but it’s important to remember that not all jeans are created equal. Finding a pair of jeans that can be considered an investment takes a little more work. The perfect jeans for fall should be long enough to wear with boots, flats or heels, and flatter your shape.
As women, we have the right to be taken seriously in the workplace, and a suit can help us make that statement. A classy skirt and jacket or pantsuit are great options for women of all body types and can be transformed going into the warmer seasons. Stay warm in and out of the office, while looking professional and stylish.
(Old Navy, $40)
A cardigan is a great investment because it is a piece you can pull out to layer any outfit, dressing it up for style or dressing it down for comfort. A bright cardigan can add flair and dimension to a plain shirt or tank top. Go from boring to chic just by including a pop of color in your outfit.
These boots were made for walking… straight into your closet! Every woman knows that shoes are essential for an outfit, and some would even argue they make the outfit. Boots are no different. You’ll want to invest in both ankle and knee-highs to go with pants, skirts, dresses and pretty much anything else you can whip up!
Hot for heels
You’re going to be attending office parties, family get-togethers and other events in the fall, and you’ll want to turn heads with a fabulous pair of heels. Heels can instantly transform a simple outfit into an elegant one by elongating and accentuating your long legs. Consider investing in a black pair, because they will go with any outfit, but don’t forget there’s nothing wrong with a pop of color on your feet!
Every woman who carries a handbag knows that it can get bulky and inconvenient. That’s why a small clutch is a great investment for any occasion. It’s large enough to store the essentials, including a drivers’ license, some cash, lip balm, keys and a phone, but small enough to drape lightly over your shoulder or conveniently tuck under your arm.
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