Fashion

Checklist #4 | ‘The Classics’ | Clothes must-haves

Hey there my lovely dolls,

Like most of you, I usually have two types of clothes in my closet: the ‘of-the-moment’ trendy pieces and the classics. Surely you will agree with me that they are equally important, but I do tend to place greater value on the latter because, simply because, they will never let you down or go out of style.

Surely like me you probably already have many of these classics, in your arsenal for instance the LBD, the pumps, and the white button-up …. however, undoubtedly there are a few missing – I know I am missing some items! Alternatively, there may be pieces you’ve had for years that could do with an upgrade.  So like any other good excuse to shop, there is no better excuse than that to freshen up your wardrobe during this time for change.

Starting off the search are the perfect fundamental pieces – do not be scared to splurge a little considering that an item well chosen today can last you quite a good number of years.  However, do keep in mind to save a bit for when you finally decide which ‘of-the-moment’ 2015 trend you’re going to adopt for yourself.

So here it goes ….

The Updated LBD
You can’t get through life without an LBD (duh). Choose a classic silhouette that has a bit of unexpected detail like this adorable asymmetrical overlay, these little details keep the vibe modern.

Updated LBD

 H&M Bandeau LBD

The Trench Coat
The wrong topper could throw off your entire 9-to-5 game. That’s why a trench is essential — it will elevate your ensemble in an instant and show your comrades you mean business.

The trench

 Mango Classic Trench Coat

The Work Flats
On those days when heels just aren’t in the cards, go for a sophisticated pair of flats (I love a pointed toe and a fun print).  In a click it will jazz up your all-black outfit.

Work flats

Zara leopard-blucher

The A-Line Skirt
This shape has been around for like forever and for good reason.  It is simply a perfect silhouette that compliments any body shape.  Just picture pairing it with a crisp white shirt, and you’re ready to take on the world.

Aline Skirt

Topshop Etch Flower Midi A-Line Skirt

The Perfect-Fitting Jeans
Your jeans are your second skin – no kidding.  And, there’s a reason higher-end ones cost what they do — they’ll fit like a glove – so invest in a good pair of jeans, they are never a waste of money.

The perfect fit jeans

Guess Skinny low stars embellished Power Curvy Jeans

The Heeled Sandals
You go to weddings all year long. You might as well get a pair of heels you can wear to all of them.  These will work now with embellished stockings or with bare legs (and a pretty pedicure) come May.

The heeled sandals

Boohoo Louisa Quilted Strappy heels

The Leather Jacket
If you don’t have one of these, you may want to think about investing in one … and honestly it’s a no-brainer for those chilly nights out when your other toppers just don’t feel cool enough.

The leather jacket

ASOS Biker With Structured Shoulder And Multi Stitch

The Black Booties
We all know these are a daily staple — make ’em count by getting a pair with super sleek details, like pointed toes.

The Black booties

 Aldo Alewiel Ankle booties

The Structured Tote
You juggle a lot during the workday, so you need a tote that can handle it all.  A bag in a classic color and shape will take you through this season and beyond.

The Structured tote

Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Tote

The Fancy Coat
A beautiful coat can make you look glam in the most disheveled of times – so make sure that the one you choose has the perfect fit.

The Fancy Coat

Whistles Checked coat

The Office Dress
You can throw a blazer over this and toss on sky-high pumps for that important business meeting, or slip into easy flats for a lazier day in your station. (Ah, the many lives of a classic wear-to-work dress.)

The Office Dress

 ASOS Co-ord Structured Dress With Cut Out Detail

The Fitted Turtleneck
Layering is necessary for warmth, but it can also make an ensemble feel more high-concept. Try this under a sweater or jumper for a next-level winter look.

The fitted turtle neck

New Look Black short sleeve turtle neck

The Classic Suit
Don’t tell anyone, but I hear the tailored suit may be back. Wear it to interviews, meetings, or mix-and-match with other pieces for after-work.

The Classic Suit

Mango Minimal Blazer and pants

The Slip-On Sneakers
You may not be able to get away with trainers at the office, but you definitely need a pair of classic sneakers for kicking it on the weekends. A slip-on style is something you can wear today and five years from now.

The Slip on Snickers

Vans Metallic Slip-on

The Wide-Leg Trousers
These stunners look amazing with a slim tee and sandals for a night out, or a blouse and pumps for the office.

The Wide Leg Trousers

ASOS Premium Culotte With Wide Leg

The Wide-Brim Hat
Hat trends come and go, but the wide-brim is always a staple — and can pull together any look.

The Wide brim Hat

River Island Short brim Fedora hat

The Striped Tee
Channel your inner French girl in a striped tee. If you are daring too choose a style that’s a little different — like a colorblocked option.  However, the classic stripe is always a classic.

The Stripped teeNew Look Blue Stripe Print Seam Tee

The Crisp Button-Up
It’s the foundation of many a wardrobes — most of us have more than one in our closets.  An interesting twist would be to choose a layered, adds that something special to the classic piece.

The Crisp Shirt

ASOS Boyfriend White Shirt with Double Layer

So there you have it …. the essential items (in my opinion) you ought to make sure you have in your wardrobe at some time or other.

Let me know what staple item you cannot ‘live without’.

Until next time,
XOXO

Caroline

P.S. Most of the items featured are available online where applicable or in stores

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