Styles are constantly evolving, and it often seems impossible to keep up with new fashion trends when you’re on a budget. A classic wardrobe, including various closet staples, can be easily updated over time without spending a fortune. The following wardrobe items will stand the test of time and allow the budget-conscious fashionista to continue looking classy in every season.
Little Black Dress
The most classic of all fashion staples, the little black dress never goes out of style. Black matches anything, is slimming and can be dressed up or down to fit any event. Whether you want to spend a little or a lot, there’s a black dress for anyone and everyone.
Black Pencil Skirt
A black pencil skirt can be used to dress up and outfit for business or a formal affair. It can also be worn to add a touch of class to a casual outfit. A single black pencil skirt can accompany a host of other fashions to create any outfit.
A good pair of flats can be worn to add comfort to formal and business attire or to dress up a casual outfit. Simplicity is key and allows the same pair of shoes to accompany almost any other fashion.
A single pair of black slacks can dress up any blouse or sweater to create the perfect outfit for business or pleasure. The staple wardrobe item is also slimming and lengthening.
A crisp, white button-up belongs in every woman’s closet. Not only is the classic item the ultimate must-have element of any suit, but it refreshes bland business-casual outfits, dresses up any pair of jeans and is a comfortable compliment to any sweater. A white button-up blouse can be an element of probably more outfits than any other article of clothing.
Your wardrobe isn’t complete without a dark, fitted blazer. The blazer can be used to dress up all of your casuals and dress down most dresses. With a black or navy blazer, you can create dozens of different looks with other elements of your wardrobe, including jeans, skirts, dresses, slacks and just about any type of top.
The cardigan sweater never goes out of style and complements a plethora of tops, dresses, skirts and pants. Have at least one cardigan in black or a neutral color in your closet. As other fashions come and go, you’ll find yourself pulling out your classic cardigan again and again.
Jeans have certainly seen their fair share of fads, yet the wardrobe item always sticks around in one form or another. Rather than spending money on trendy jeans, keep at least one pair of dark, mid-rise boot-cut jeans in your closet. While acid-washed, skinny, low-rise and high-waisted jeans have gone in and out of style, the dark, boot-cut jean can be added to just about any other fashion.
Find a pair of black high-heeled pumps that flatter your legs and ankles. You’ll find yourself falling back on this classic piece of footwear time and again for years, pairing it with various styles and colors of dresses, skirts, jeans and slacks. As other types of clothing fall in and out of style, that same pair of black heels will remain the epitome of classic.
Neutral Tunic-Length Sweater
A lot of your classic wardrobe items have been dark in color, but you don’t want to look like you’re attending a funeral every day just because you want to keep a classic wardrobe. Neutral-colored sweaters, including those in tan, gray or beige, can also be matched with many other fashions and colors.
Since its introduction to the fashion world in the early 1970s, the wrap dress has never gone out of style. The classic style is extremely comfortable, an easy fit and flatters almost any size or figure.
Scarves make a great accessory to a variety of outfits, whether they’re adding a pop of color to black and white or the pizzazz of a pattern to a solid ensemble. With just a few scarves in various neutral shades, you can spice up dozens of outfits.
Fashionistas who hope to retain a classic style should invest in a flattering pair of boots in either black or chocolate. Not only do boots never go out of style, but they can accompany a variety of outfits, including suits, slacks, jeans and skirts.