This year in the fashion world, buying more consciously is a seriously hot topic. And for good reason. Whether it’s to help reduce the environmental problems we are seeing due to the fast-fashion industry or to generally create a more sustainable lifestyle, shopping with more purpose is a trend that’s worth paying some extra attention to.
Shopping consciously is all about buying fewer items but better quality. Therefore, building a timeless wardrobe of fashion pieces that actually last the distance. With this comes the knowledge of how to style your pieces in so many different ways to create new looks from the pieces you already own.
If you’re interested in cutting down on what you buy and choosing better quality, premium pieces that will last season after season, this blog is totally for you.
Here, we’ve collated premium items from our Shop It To Me partners to show you 10 staples that will never go out of style. Not too trendy but never dull, every pick can be styled in so many different ways, making them a must-have and killer fashion style investment.
For every piece we’ve picked, we’ve also served up several different budget levels to suit.
Think about how many ways you could style up these key fashion staples this season alone.
Classic Leather Moto Jacket
The eternal style staple – the classic leather moto jacket. We’ve said it before but it remains top of our must-have closet shopping list, always. You can style a classic leather jacket like this in so many ways that it is truly a style investment.
Wear it to work over a tailored dress. Wear it on the weekend over sweats and an oversized hoody. Wear in on Saturday night over a sexy slip dress and heels. Wear it on a first date with skinny jeans and a simple tee. Wear it over evening wear or even a bridesmaid dress for an edgy finish to a formal look. It literally goes with EVERYTHING.
ACNE Studios $1550
Rag & Bone $995
All Saints WAS $498 NOW $348.50
Straight Leg Blue Jeans
Inspired by classic Levi 501’s, straight-leg blue jeans might seem like a trend to you (because they’re particularly big at the moment) but even ignoring this trend, this is a classic look that has remained popular for decades. And for good reason. They’re easy to dress up and down, they always look edgy and cool and they’re super flattering AND more comfortable than skinny jeans.
Wear them with sneakers and a hoodie. Wear them with loafers and a blazer. Wear them with a lacy cami and strappy heels. Wear them with heeled ankle boots and a crop top. We could go on all day…
You could opt for classic Levi’s.
Or, if you want to go for premium denim, we’ve got some seriously good options too.
ACNE Studios $320
Oversized White T-Shirt
A white tee is something that you might not want to splash out on. However, a classic oversized tee can serve you so well that the investment will mean it keeps its color, shape, and quality for so many seasons that it’s totally worth it. Wear it with bike shorts and sneakers. Wear it tucked into a mini skirt with a blazer. Wear it with a midi skirt and ankle boots with a leather jacket. Wear it with simple jeans and loafers. It basically lifts the foundation of any outfit.
Helmut Lang $175
Saint Laurent $350
Classic Black Tuxedo Jacket
A classic black tuxedo jacket will serve you not just for seasons, but for years to come. It’s the perfect piece to have in your wardrobe to smarten up absolutely any outfit in an instant.
Wear it with jeans or leather trousers. Wear it with a mini or midi skirt. Wear it over your shoulders over evening wear. Wear it with statement tailored trousers. Wear it over a glitzy dress for a special event. Adding luxe pieces like this to an outfit, instantly makes your look feel more expensive.
Saint Laurent $3990
Alexander Wang $1195
Helmut Lang WAS $895 NOW $671.25
Frame WAS $625 NOW $312
Shoes are particularly difficult when it comes to trying to avoid trends. And if you want to avoid unflattering ballet flats, loafers are the perfect pick. They might come in and out of trends, but they always transcend and stay stylish regardless. Plus, they look and feel expensive.
Wear them with jeans or tailored trousers. Wear them with a two-piece suit. Wear them with a midi skirt and knit. Wear them with a simple denim skirt and tee. Wear them with any cropped pants.
Oversized Cream Knit
If there’s one knitwear piece of clothing that will always serve you well, it’s a beautiful neutral cream sweater. And an oversized fit makes sure you always look contemporary and never dated.
Wear it with jeans and sneakers. Wear it with white jeans or pants with over the knee boots. Wear it against leather. Wear it with a mini skirt and heeled ankle boots. Wear it over tailored trousers.
Stella McCartney WAS $1095 NOW $547
Max Mara WAS $965 NOW $482.50
Mara Hoffman WAS $525 NOW $315
Black Leather Trousers
Serving as the perfect alternative to jeans and creating an easy but dressy look in the blink of an eye, a pair of black leather trousers had to be included in this list. Whether you go for skinny fit or straight leg, premium quality leather always looks better than cheap options.
Wear them with an oversized knit and boots. Wear them with a sexy top and heels. Wear them with a graphic tee and blazer. Dress them up or down for equal style points.
Alice + Olivia WAS $881 NOW $798
Calvin Klein $365
Self Portrait $335
Chelsea Ankle Boots
Ankle boots are big right now and the bigger and chunkier they are, the better. Although we love this trend, it is definitely a trend and who knows what you’ll love in the future. So, if you want boots that will transcend the trends and look amazing season after season, opt for a classic pair of Chelsea ankle boots. You can choose slightly chunkier pairs or slimline styles depending on your unique style but the Chelsea design remains timeless.
Wear them with jeans, skirts, suits, basically, everything.
Christian Louboutin $995
ACNE Studios $560
Comme des Garcons x Dr Martens $391
Black Slip Dress
Slip dresses are on-trend but think about it, they’ve looked amazing since before their ‘90s heyday and will continue to look great after their time in the spotlight this year too. They’re flattering and very versatile with makes them a true staple for us.
Wear it alone with heels. Wear it layered with a tee or a knit, both under or over. Wear it with a blazer, leather jacket, coat or oversized cardigan. Wear it with ankle boots, knee-high boots or over the knee boots. With sneakers or strappy heels or loafers. For work, nights out, brunch, weekend, casual shopping trips. The look is slinky and strappy and as you can see, you’ll be wearing it forever.
Off-White WAS $900 NOW $630
Fleur Du Mal $525
Alice + Olivia $295
Gold Hawk WAS $310 NOW $232
Versatile Everyday Bag
You also need the perfect staple accessory. Everyone has different needs for their bags because of their jobs and social lives, so to make sure you’ve got everything covered, opt for a classic medium-sized shoulder bag.
You can wear this with your work clothes, during the day when you’re off-duty and with your night out looks. Plus, these styles never get too trendy or go out of style. Staple perfection.
Saint Laurent $2890
See, choosing fashion staples does not mean picking out boring classic pieces without style. It actually means well-chosen, beautiful pieces with eternal style. And when you’re choosing pieces like that, it’s always worth the investment.
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