Being well dressed goes far beyond wearing the trends of the season. Classic items are the building blocks of your wardrobe and can easily be incorporated with other pieces to express your individual style.
Seasons come and go, but your basic wardrobe should be able to handle the change. Consider adding these essential pieces to your wardrobe and enjoy them all year long.
The little black dress
This needs to be at the top of the list because it truly represents timeless dressing. Every woman should own a simple, elegant black cocktail dress. It can be easily dressed up or down and is as versatile as you’d like it to be. Pair it with a cardigan or jacket, wrap a pashmina scarf around the neck or shoulders or simply add your favourite jewellery, and you’re ready for any occasion.
A white button-down shirt
A crisp white shirt is one of the keys to a stylish wardrobe. Originally borrowed from menswear, the white shirt looks polished and effortless. It’s a timeless look that can be modified by adding an accessory or two, and will go with almost anything, including jeans and heels or a black pencil skirt.
A knee-length black skirt
A perfectly fitted black skirt is a year-round staple. Choose one in a lightweight wool in whatever style suits you best. Try an a-line or pencil skirt for a flattering fit.
A long strand of pearls
Your grandmother was right: A pearl necklace can take you anywhere. There isn’t a look it doesn’t complement and can be as classic or funky as you choose to make it. Invest in a long strand of pearls to wrap around your neck and pump up a T-shirt, blazer or dress.
Dark denim jeans
A great pair of dark, fitted jeans can take you from day to evening and beyond. They are a girl’s-night-out requirement and perfect on date night. Stick to a classic boot-cut style and make sure they fit well in all the right places. Throw them on with anything you’d like — it’s just that easy.
There isn’t any room to move here — a good pair of black leather pumps are one of the essential shoes to have in your closet. They will work with most of the style choices you can make and will last you through many seasons. Choose the heel height you’re most comfortable with to help make these your go-to shoes.
A beige trench coat
This popular coat never seems to go out of style. With the right accessories it can be worn in almost any season, during in a mild winter or when spring is right around the corner.
A classic watch
A beautiful watch can be a classic piece to dress up your wardrobe. Choose a timeless design in gold or silver and wear it with all your outfits for years to come.
Every wardrobe can use a pair of flats, but these will become one of your fashion staples. They’re practical and comfortable but have the look of pure sophistication that will put your everyday sneakers to shame. Choose a neutral colour to wear year-round.
A sleek tote bag
Depending on your lifestyle, you may not need to use one every day. But having a simple, classic leather tote in your closet is worth the price. It can be used as an airline carry-on or a gym bag in a pinch, but even for everyday use it can be a great accessory. When you choose a well-made and simple design it will be yours to enjoy for years to come.