Every shopping trip is a war between quality and quantity. When you’re staring down that perfect item, but know the not-so-perfect dupe at the discount store is closer to your price range, what do you do? It’s time to save and splurge on the perfect items that will remain in your wardrobe for many years.
The timeless coat
The perfect coat can be worn with any outfit on any day, and this Toy G single breasted number (Yoox.com, $268) is the perfect version of that perfect coat. Great for formal events or simply an evening at a friend’s house, its simple style will never go out of fashion. For a night out, pair it with basic dark washed skinnies (TopShop.com, $76) and a simple slouchy sweater (Uniqlo.com, $40), then accessorize with to-die-for studded shoe boots (Boohoo.com, $60), a nude cross-body bag (BananaRepublic.com, $98) and a dazzling green and gold necklace (MimiBoutique.com, $23).
The classic tote
There’s just no way this brown leather Marc by Marc Jacobs tote (Zappos.com, $398) is going to be the butt of jokes any season in the near future. That’s because its classic, neutral, basic look is utilitarian, while still looking fashion-forward. Bring it into the spring and summer seasons with a comfy, pleated maxi skirt (YumiDirect.com, $40), edgy studded crop top (TopShop.com, $43), nude wooden wedges (Piperlime.com, $89) and a tribal inspired cuff (Boohoo.com, $16).
The little black dress
The always-reliable LBD is worth investing in. Take your age and body type into account, then head to the mall for the perfect black dress, like this Michael Kors stunner (My-Wardrobe.com, $234). Then, add accessories appropriate to the occasion. For the office, turn the look into something trendy, yet professional with maroon tights (ModCloth.com, $15), chunky peep toe platforms (Zara.com, $50), and a nude quilted carryall (LordAndTaylor.com, $149). Then, accessorize with a touch of Greek goddess style with this gold leaf necklace (eFoxCity.com, $9).
The perfect pumps
Are they beige? Are they grey? These pumps (us.AllSaints.com, $278) aren’t really either. To be specific, they’re taupe, but the fact that they can play both the beige and grey roles makes them easy to match with any ensemble. We turned them into the ideal going out pumps with this sultry outfit, complete with gladiator-style mini dress (RicketyRack.com, $100), boyfriend blazer (TopShop.com, $50), black tights (Boohoo.com, $16) and dangling earrings (SaksFifthAvenue.com, $39).
The everyday jeans
You wear them practically everyday, so you might as well make sure your staple jeans are comfy and quality. These Seven for All Mankind skinnies (Boutique1.com, $271) can be worn on a night out or a day at the grocery store. Keep it casual with this weekend look, paired with a floral chiffon half top (Delias.com, $30), on-trend mint bag (ASOS.com, $61) and simple mustard ballet flats (BananaRepublic.com, $70). Stud the look with a statement mint necklace (OrangeAndPear.com, $30) and ultra chic brushed gold circle earrings (WallisFashion.com, $7).