There is something to be said about being more discerning in our shopping habits.
Classic or trendy clothes?
Über-trendy pieces may not stand the test of time. So next season, you will reject these
now unfashionable items as "so last year!" And off you go again to buy new ones and repeat this cycle.
I mean, would you wear more than once, let alone for a few years, neon yellow leggings or floral cropped tops?
Classic pieces, on the other hand, seem to last for much longer. Because of their simple design, classics endure and always look right.
Let's look at the benefits of owning a classic wardrobe.
Classic pieces have a lean cut and style. They are more likely to make you look slimmer.
- Classics can last you a few years thanks to their timeless design.
- Opt for classics of good quality. They will last much longer.
- Quality means natural fabric, such as wool, cotton, cashmere, linen and silk.
- You can spot good quality a mile away.
- Classic clothes do not rely on extra frills and spills to make a statement.
- Classics mean more substance and quality of detailing and less of add-ons.
- Higher price tags are not a waste for good quality classics.
- Classics give you a professional and successful image.
- It is easy to look chic in classic clothes.
- By having classic pieces in your wardrobe, you can always create an outfit quickly and less likely to have "nothing to wear".
- By sticking to a small number of 'classic' or basic colours, your clothes tend to work together better. You are able to create more outfits than with trendy items of different styles and colours.
- These colours are deemed classic: black, grey, navy, dark green, red, beige, nude (light to dark), white
- A few pieces that are called classics are:
Camisoles or smart vests in various muted colours (not neon)
White fitted buttoned-down shirts or blouses
Fitted cardigans of various colours
V neck sweaters
Knee length LBDs
Knee length skirts, pencil and/or A-line
Black skirt suits (jacket fitted at the waist)
Smart black trousers, straight or boot cut
Jeans in dark denim. A boot cut is the most flattering for all shapes and sizes.
Little black jackets
Trench coat in beige. This colour will go with everything you wear.
Thick coat in wool and/or cashmere. This item has to be the best quality you can afford.
Court shoes in black or nude
Knee length, medium or high heeled, leather boots
Black or brown leather handbag
As shops are currently doing their "end of season" sales, this is the time to write a list of classics that you want. Working from a list will help you choose the clothes that you really need and avoid trendy ones that you may wear only once.
For more style tips, check out my book How To Be Chic and Elegant.
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I'm Marie-Anne Lecoeur. I teach women how to upgrade their style and think, shop & dress like a French woman in my Ecourses and The French Chic Academy
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