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14 Pieces of Clothing You’ll Never Regret Buying

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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9 Pieces of clothing women want to steal from men and the one surprising item we don’t

Originally written by Jaclyn Genovese for notable.ca

Having a significant other makes for a lot of sharing. From sharing the car, to sharing your dinner and even being forced to share your feelings, but one thing men don’t expect to share when coming into a relationship is their wardrobe. Wearing our man’s clothing makes us feel cozy, dainty and cool. Our favorite thing about wearing your digs? They smell like you. I guess it’s also our own little way to mark our territory. Those sweatpants you were planning to wear before bed, the blazer that was draped on your chair and that stinky tee in your laundry hamper, woosh, it’s gone and you probably didn’t even notice. Here are the pieces that your lady is probably making her way out your door with right now and one surprising item you be will sad to hear is safe and sound from her thievish ways

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  1. Socks

The beginning stages of clothing thievery begin at items you may not even notice. They may look ridiculous on us, with the heel indents coming up to our calves, but there is something so cozy and comforting about wearing our man’s socks.

  1. Hats

You’ve all experienced it at one time or another. You’re at the bar and a girl you may not even know just grabs your hat off of your head and runs for the hills. Hats are another magnetizing item we can’t help but swipe. Once a woman decides she wants to be your girlfriend, your hat collection will be as tempting as that tub of cookie dough ice cream that is sitting in your freezer. She is not only wearing your stolen hat collection around her house, but there is also a compilation of boyfriend hat selfies sitting on her iPhone. To post, or not to post, that is the question…

  1. Boyfriend Jeans… literally

I mean, what more can we say. Boyfriend jeans are the hottest trend right now so how can we not give in to their seduction?

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4. Watches

There’s something about wearing your man’s chunky watch that makes us feel charmingly feminine. Don’t fret, she most likely will not wear it outside of the house, but she will definitely flaunt it like it’s hers.

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5. T-Shirts

None are safe from a woman’s grasp, but especially not the stinky ones. Nothing beats that smell of your man’s cologne, deodorant and his own manly scent.

Tip: Next time your lady stays over, just have her favorite t-shirt waiting for her on your bed. We couldn’t get comfortable before, but now we can properly snuggle next to you on the couch and watch a movie.

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6. Hoodies

This love affair with men’s hoodies is universal. Every woman has a collection of men’s hoodies and we promise to get rid of the old ones, as long as we are sufficiently restocked with yours. There is nothing a woman likes more than a comfortable sweater, and nothing is more comfortable than our man’s oversized ones. The University Hoodie with the grass stains and holes in it? We would wear that thing to work if we could. A good hoodie is the ultimate find, no grubby sweatshirt is safe around our freshly manicured hands.

7. Your Lightweight Jacket

We’ll be back in a minute we’re just going to run to the store to grab something (slips on jacket).

8. Suit Jacket

This is the one item that is actually offered to us by our man and is the one item that we don’t want to keep. The shoulder pads don’t make us look dainty, we just feel beastly and boxy. No, no, this doesn’t mean we won’t take you up on your offer to wear it, we’re still cold, but once this draft goes away and we heat up on the dance floor, you can have right it back.

9. Sweatpants

Sunday afternoons, lounging around the house. We may have to keep hiking them up and the bottoms of them are dusting up your floor, but isn’t that cute?

10. The one item we don’t want to wear or even borrow? Your Dress Shirt.

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And of course it’s the one item that a man actually wants to see his woman in. Everyman fantasizes about waking up to his girl making breakfast in nothing but last nights dress shirt, but that starch collar and annoying cuffs don’t exactly scream relaxation. Besides, we don’t want to get your crisp white shirt dirty, what would you wear to work?

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