Five timeless wardrobe pieces for women

With the beginning of a new year, I always find it prudent to update my wardrobe and ensure I have the necessary staples. Think of it as a cleanse – a new start to another school term and an investment in pieces you can wear well into your 20s.

I’ll scrutinize my wardrobe for the seasonless, timeless and effortless pieces. It’s out with the passing trends, and in with the highly versatile wardrobe staples.

1. A fitted blazer: This piece will have you looking crisp and clean. Blazers aren’t just for formal occasions, but can be worked into casual everyday looks with boyfriend jeans or trousers. This structured garment is also great for accentuating feminine curves. Whether it’s a casual dinner out with friends or a family brunch, blazers also makes it easy to turn day and night looks into one with the right accessories.

2. Soft white tee: This tee boasts such versatility – I can hardly count the ways you can make use of it. Tees can be layered under cardigans or blazers. From layering with more edgy outfits to showing a more casual look paired with denim, the white tee will always have its place as the notorious queen of the neutrals. I’d recommend investing in a white tee that will be so comfortable that would be your go-to. Club Monaco’s cotton tees have always been really comfortable and soft without any stiffness.

3. Trench or wool coat: This outwear classic makes anything look chic and will add an aura of sophistication to your new look. Trench coats work for both casual and more formal attire, making this the perfect throw-on over almost any outfit. A trench coat also makes the perfect transition piece between seasons. Opt for a three quarter length coat for a mature and sophisticated feel. Many retailers, like Zara, J. Crew, The Gap and Banana Republic, sell affordable trenches.

4. Shift dress or day dress: Add instant luxury to your look with this classic piece. A shift dress brings together femininity and sophistication. If you have a few neutral dresses, try for a cranberry or cobalt blue dress. You also can’t go wrong with a classic little black dress – this is one wardrobe investment you can bring out for multiple occasions.

You’ll get a lot of wear out of a casual day dress from weekend errands to a day of classes. To create a casual look, throw a chunky knit sweater over your dress during the cooler months or wear a cardigan over top. The trick is to pair your timeless dress with a chunky statement necklace, an edgy pair of boots or sheer leggings to add intrigue to your look.

5. Trousers: A tailored and slim fit pant can be one of the most flattering wardrobe pieces. Often, when a person’s pants are too baggy, the mismatched fit detracts from their overall appearance. Trousers are indispensible to a well-put together look. As a worthy timeless piece, they’re lecture hall perfect and will be office wear chic. Invest in a pair of dark navy trousers. Pair trousers with a full range of tops, from a simple cotton tee or silk blouse. A skinny belt in a bright accent colour adds the right amount of fun.

Changing trends may fail the test of time. These timeless wardrobe items, however, will last you through multiple seasons and will show high staying power from student to office wear.

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