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21 Classic Must-Have Items for Every Wardrobe

21 classic elements every wardrobe must have

21 classic elements every wardrobe must have

Have you ever noticed that some people just seem to always be so well put together, while others, seem to always miss the mark? It's not about the pricetag as much as it is about the pairing. It's perfectly acceptable to mix a TSE cashmere sweater with a pair of Old Navy jeans (if those are what fits you best.) It's perfectly acceptable to mix costume and real jewelry.  It's perfectly  acceptable to mix casual and dressy. And, it's perfectly acceptable to take classic pieces and make them your own. 

Greatly influenced by my mother and maternal grandmother, I describe my style as classic with a twist.  I like to take the classics and play them up. I like to look timeless yet modern with bright bold color and patterns. While I love all things elegant, graceful and sophisticated, I don't take myself too seriously - and playful, whimsical and unexpected elements are a must! 

A classic wardrobe is one that has items both new and old, but has been cultivated for many years.It's not about the label so much as the fit. A classic wardrobe is a wardrobe that fits well with a few well-made pieces of great quality. Well made classic items not only never fade from style, but if well maintained will truly stand the tests of time. There's no need to get rid of your favorite cashmere sweater simply because you got it when you graduated college. If it has been cared for well it may last long enough to pass on to your own daughter! There's no need to toss aside that perfectly tailored navy Ralph Lauren blazer simply because it was your first real purchase. Simply give it a fresh modern-day look by pairing it with a pair of cigarette pants or your boyfriend jeans. Believe it or not, the best way to update your wardrobe is not by shopping for items that are trendy, but those that are classic. 

A classic wardrobe is never without:

  1. A little black dress - We think the more the merrier.
  2. A little white dress
  3. A classic tweed Chanel-style jacket
  4. A well tailored blazer (navy/black/beige/off-white)
  5. A beige trench coat/camel's hair coat
  6. Classic pumps (black/neutral/grey/red) 
  7. Classic ballet flats (black/beige/red/pink)
  8. A pair of well fitted denim jeans
  9. A pair of white jeans
  10. A pair of tailored black pants
  11. A pair of cigarette pants
  12. A gingham shirt
  13. A white dress shirt
  14. A striped shirt 
  15. A cashmere sweater, pull-over
  16. A cashmere sweater, cardigan
  17. A pair of tortoise shell sunglasses
  18. A leopard print anything (bag/coat/shoes)
  19. A nice silk scarf (to be worn many ways)
  20. Classic patterns (stripes/houndstooth/check/tartan) 
  21. Pearls! (The more the merrier!)

While classic colors are grey, black, navy, white and beige, these are often punctuated by bright pops of red, yellow, pink, green and blues. 

A classic wardrobe always has a well fitted navy blazer, 

A classic wardrobe always has a well fitted navy blazer, 

Patterns like gingham, check, stripes and animal print punctuate a classic wardrobe. A beige trench is a must!

Patterns like gingham, check, stripes and animal print punctuate a classic wardrobe. A beige trench is a must!

Classics like tortoise shell glasses and black never fade from style

Classics like tortoise shell glasses and black never fade from style

A classic wardrobe benefits from pops of color and s nice silk scarf that can be worn many ways

A classic wardrobe benefits from pops of color and s nice silk scarf that can be worn many ways

Leopard prints add a modern flair to any classic wardrobe

Leopard prints add a modern flair to any classic wardrobe

A white shirt is essential to a classic wardrobe whether worn untucked or neatly tucked in. 

A white shirt is essential to a classic wardrobe whether worn untucked or neatly tucked in. 

Pearls... pearls and more pearls! Every classic girl has her pearls, both real and costume.

Pearls... pearls and more pearls! Every classic girl has her pearls, both real and costume.

Hair worn pulled back will never fade from style and perfectly complements a classic wardrobe - Plus it shows off those fabulous pearl earrings!

Hair worn pulled back will never fade from style and perfectly complements a classic wardrobe - Plus it shows off those fabulous pearl earrings!

A scarf worn in the hair is always classic

A scarf worn in the hair is always classic

Cigarette pumps have lasted the test of time ever since Audrey Hepburn first slid into a pair. They're elegant, stylish and universally flattering. Worn casually with ballet flats or dressed up with pumps.

Cigarette pumps have lasted the test of time ever since Audrey Hepburn first slid into a pair. They're elegant, stylish and universally flattering. Worn casually with ballet flats or dressed up with pumps.

A white blouse and a taffeta skirt is always a classic

A white blouse and a taffeta skirt is always a classic

A little white dress is essential to every wardrobe

A little white dress is essential to every wardrobe

Is there a modern day woman who does not own at least one little black dress? A classic wardrobe must!

Is there a modern day woman who does not own at least one little black dress? A classic wardrobe must!

A Chanel-like jacket can be dressed up or down

A Chanel-like jacket can be dressed up or down

Don't forget to add a little color to your classic wardrobe!

Don't forget to add a little color to your classic wardrobe!

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