Shopping for clothes can be fun, but it can also be stressful. One minute something is flying off the shelves and the next minute it’s on sale for 90 percent off because no one wants it. If you’re tired of chasing trends, we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to be a slave to the style cycle. Stock your closet with timeless classics that never end up on the discount rack. Read on for our list of stylish staples that will help ensure you always look great and feel fashionable.
The LBD (Little Black Dress)
Everyone needs a go-to black dress that can either be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. It should be a style that flatters your figure and something you feel comfortable wearing. Throw a cardigan or denim jacket over it for a casual look or take things up a notch with sky-high heels and a black coat. Go for simple elegance with this DKNY dress with a sexy side slit (stylebop.com, $375).
White dress shirt
A well-tailored, crisp white shirt gives every outfit a dose of classic style. Great for everything from business meetings to job interviews, this is one wardrobe item you’re sure to get a lot of mileage from. Plus you can dress it up or down depending on where you’re going. We keep going back to this classic, well-tailored white shirt with a sharp collar and sleek silhouette (gap.com, $50).
Choose black or charcoal gray for a wardrobe item you can always build on. Pair with flats and a fitted cardigan in a pretty pastel for business casual, or add heels and your white shirt for a more pulled-together look. We found this sleek and stylish wool pencil skirt (jcrew.com, $120) that comes in a variety of colors if you feel like spicing things up. We’re partial to the basics but orange and bright blue could really brighten up your look — and your day.
Well-fitting dress pants
Push the boundaries of your usual wardrobe budget to buy a well-tailored pair of pants that fits your body type and that you feel comfortable in. Add a blazer and white shirt for a professional look or pair with a fitted T-shirt and flats for casual-chic. Timeless and elegant, opt for this tailored Alice + Olivia pair with a flattering fit and leather detailing at the pockets (revolveclothing.com, $253).
Not only are they comfortable, but ballet flats go with anything from jeans to sundresses to shorts. Get yourself a few pairs in various colors and use them as your go-to, everyday footwear. We love the elegant pair of black Tory Burch ballet flats for their comfortable yet chic look (shirise.com, $178).