“The difference between style and fashion is quality.” – Giorgio Armani
Trendy fashions come and go, but some things never go out of style like good manners and a fabulous pair of fitted trousers. Most fashion experts agree that investing in a few staples is the key to building a versatile and stylish wardrobe that stands the test of time. When shopping for every day essentials, Anna Villaruel of The Chic Fashionista recommends looking for pieces that are:
- Trend proof – you can wear them on all occasions without sacrificing style
- Flexible – you can change the whole look of it by adding a couple of accessories
- Your wardrobe foundation – without them you’ll end up feeling like something’s missing.
- Style savers – use them to tone down a dressy or an excessively trendy outfit
- Outfit multipliers – with for example 12 basic garments you can create up to 80 outfits!
We checked just about every “Wardrobe Essentials” list out there, and noticed there were four pieces that made the top of just about every list. You can rest assured that these four pieces will never lose their chic appeal or go out of style:
1. A High Quality Black Sleeveless Tee
For effortless elegance, invest in a quality black t shirt that can be worn with just about anything. We absolutely love this lightweight Eileen Fisher Scoop Neck Sleeveless Tee that can be dressed up with an elegant skirt and statement heels or paired with dark jeans and nude flats for a chic weekend or “Casual Friday” look. You can’t go wrong with this piece!
2. A Dark Blue Straight Leg Jean
This closet all-star will never go out of style. As Yves Saint Laurent once said, “I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.” What more can we say? No matter your age or body type there is a great fitting pair of jeans out there that will take your wardrobe to new heights of fabulousness.
Look for a mid to high rise style in a dark blue wash to give the illusion of longer, slim legs. We are really excited about our new collection of Raffaello Rossi jeans and highly recommend this Cara Straight Leg Jean.
3. A Chic Pair of Black Trousers
There is no question about it, black trousers is something every woman should have in her closet. This classic staple offers comfort, versatility and modern elegance that lasts forever. Look for a high rise pair designed to fit the shape of your waist, then slim through the hip with ease at the thigh and a loose fit at the knee like this Raffaello Rossi Britta Straight Leg Pant.
4. Pencil Skirt
Modern and chic, pencil skirts are no longer confined to office hours. This classic staples not only create a flattering silhouette, it easily transforms from conservative office attire to a fun after-hours look when paired with a trendy top and sexy heels. “Whether you work in an office or are a SAHM, having a black pencil skirt in your wardrobe will allow you to create countless outfits from day to night,” says Teresa Morisco, Founder and Chief Stylist of Wardrobe 911.
One of our favorite looks is this very simple Eileen Fisher Knee-Length Pencil Skirt in Washable Stretch Crepe. It gives your figure the slim proportion we count on, with lots of stretch. The best part is, it can be worn in multiple ways in all seasons.
Whether you are starting from scratch or looking to update an old favorite, these wardrobe foundation pieces are worth the investment. Enjoy wearing them with just about anything in your closet whether it’s a tuxedo jacket, a vibrant scarf, chic ballet flats, a sexy cropped leather jacket, a a tailored blouse or statement jewelry!
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