Originally written for notable.ca by Jaclyn Genovese
How devastating is it when a friend posts a #tbt from 10 years ago and you are simply horrified at what you wore? Yes trends can be fun to partake in, but for the most part we have all learned that you need to fill your closet with staples. Well made, pieces of clothing in classic hues and silhouettes will last a lifetime and will never leave you disappointed in your purchase. Whether you are male or female, here is a list of 14 pieces you’ll never regret buying.
1. Slim cut jeans
Fit and wash are the most important aspect of your denim. Go for a tailored, true blue wash that will go with everything.
2. Crisp, white Button Up
Whether you are at work, going for dinner or taking a Sunday stroll, a white dress shirt will always be your best friend. To help keep the original quality of your shirt, dry cleaning is always the way to go.
3. Black, formal shoes
When it comes to shoes, black pumps are the most versatile and classic shoe for women. It is best to opt for a toe that is not too pointy nor too rounded, and has a thin to medium, 2-4-inch heel.
For men, the oxford is the most basic and timeless of all dress shoes and is great starting point if you’re looking for a classic staple. Oxfords are perfectly suited for almost any outfit and occasion.
4. Black, Wide Brimmed Hat
Men or women, young and old, styles of all kinds, a wide brimmed hat is a multi-seasonal, wardrobe staple for every fashionable man or woman.
5. Classic sneakers
An understated, yet essential fashion piece for every man and woman. How can you beat the comfort and look of a clean, white, classic sneaker?
6. Tailored, black blazer
Another must have piece for everyone is a tailored, black blazer. The key to this piece is in it’s fit. If you don’t want to splurge on a new one, a trip to the tailor is so worth it when it comes to a timeless piece like this. Sleeves should hit right at your wrists, the front should be fitted but not pull around your chest and shoulders should have enough room to layer underneath.
7. Neutral, leather carry all
Spending a couple hundred dollars on this season’s “it” bag seems like a good idea at the time, but you won’t want to be toting around a “zesty lime” carry all for years to come and you will find that it doesn’t seem to go with as much in your closet as you thought it would. Whether you are a light traveler, or you carry your life in your bag, a good quality, neutral bag is a must have.
8. Cashmere sweater
During the colder months, a cozy knit collection is a must-have. Layer them over your dress shirts during the week and pair with your favorite denim on the weekend. Throwing on cashmere makes you feel instantly luxurious.
9. Black, scarf
Vogue has dubbed the scarf “the new necklace”. The perfect addition to every outfit, a scarf adds warmth while completing your look.
10. Khaki, trench coat
A khaki trench coat seems to be one of those items that takes a while to make it’s way into everyone’s closet. It seems unecessary until you have one of your own. A timeless tan trench coat is the most versatile piece for transitional seasons and perfect for traveling, It will last you for years.
11. The Perfect Tee
It may take some time to find the perfect white t-shirt for you, but once you have, we suggest stocking up. Our favorite styles are super soft and have a relaxed, lived in fit. It doesn’t get any more classic than a white t-shirt.
12. Classic leather belt
A wardrobe staple for both men and women, a black leather belt is both functional and fashionable. The range of belts out there is exhaustive but be sure to own at least one understated one with a smaller, silver classic buckle and good quality leather.
13. Black boots
It often seems that the most basic, staples of our wardrobe, are always the hardest to find. Once you find the perfect pair of comfortable, black, leather boots in store or online, don’t think on them. Trust us, you will never regret having them walk out the store and into your closet.
14. Leather jacket
Another thing we can promise, is that you won’t be disappointed when you splurge on this outerwear essential. Layering or not, you can wear a leather jacket year round and they only get better with age.