Fashion expert Allison Winn Scotch, author of 7 Classic Pieces Every Gal Should Own believes that certain wardrobe investments will save you money in the long run. Instead of spending all your money on the ever-changing fashion trends, many of which you may grow tired of, you can invest in classic items that don’t go out of style. Then you will have clothes that can last you decades and you will thus save money. So what are these great classic items according to Allison?
A Tailored Suit: Anyone interested in being successful should be able to look pulled together in a flash. This outfit will help you to do just that.
Allison recommends a tailored jacket that comes with either a tailored pant or skirt. The pieces should also be able to be worn separately so that your wardrobe gets more versatility. For example, you can wear the pants or skirt with a blouse, sans jacket or can wear the jacket with jeans for happy hour.
Leather Jacket: Allison recommends this item as a wardrobe essential because it is extremely versatile. It can be worn with dresses or jeans and it can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the destination. Allison recommends picking out a classic style as these jackets can last a while. A style where the length ends below the hips can work well, especially if it has a belted waist. And remember, if you don’t do leather, you can always do pleather.
The Little Black Dress: This "must have" can be dressed up or down. You can wear it out to an evening dinner, or add a jacket or sweater for daytime. You can also wear it with shoes or boots. This classic item is very versatile and often is the answer to the “What should I wear?” dilemma. Allison recommends a knee-grazing length.
Trench Coat: This is a foul weather friend. This wardrobe essential will help you to look pulled together in rain and humidity. Choose a well-cut style that has enough room under it for layers of clothing but at the same time it won’t make your figure look bulky.
Knee-High Boots: These can be paired with many different types of skirts, from simple denim minis to intricate skirts. Allison recommends leather (although you can always do pleather) and a heel that is sensible but “sexy” at the same time. These wardrobe essentials can last for decades.
Strappy Black Heels: Allison considers these wardrobe essentials for well-dressed gals. She recommends investing in a quality pair that will last for many years. She recommends steering clear of the platform or “too-high heel” varieties as the former is not considered “classic” and the latter can be down right uncomfortable.
Handbag: Allison says that the right handbag can make somebody in sweats and a tee look like a million bucks. She recommends a “luxury bag”, like this one available at Macy's, from Elliot Lucca, called "Estella" Medium Tote. But don’t fear, if you can’t afford a luxury bag. You can find one with all the same elements for under a hundred bucks. Allison recommends a “medium-sized, simple-shaped, rich leather purse” (but as always if you are not a leather person, pick a purse with a different fabric but with similar attributes). This wardrobe essential should be in a color that will multitask, like a basic brown or tan.