Style Guide: Investment Pieces

As the wise Carrie Bradshaw once said, “I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet.” Creating the ­perfect closet—and wardrobe—is an art form. I like to think that the recipe for success is a handful of fun, trendy pieces and a foundation of classic wardrobe staples. It’s smart to invest in timeless staples rather than the more frivolous items because they’ll never go out of style. Plus, you can build the rest of your wardrobe around them.

While everyone has their own version of “the classics” here’s my list of wardrobe staples worth investing in…

investmentpieces1. Paper Crown Villa Dress, $228 2. Paige Denim Verdugo Ultra-Skinny Jeans, $179 3.J Crew Schoolboy Blazer, $198 4.Kate Spade New York Pointed Toe Pumps, $298 5.Equipment ‘Slim Signature’ Silk Shirt, $214

1. A Little Black Dress
The LBD tops every list of wardrobe must-haves for good reason: it’s eternally stylish and versatile. Invest in one you really love and I guarantee you’ll be rocking it for years to come.

2. A Nice Pair of Jeans
Versatility and timelessness make for an ideal wardrobe staple…like jeans. Jeans are a great staple because they can be styled in an endless variety of ways. And they’re really comfortable! Choosing an investment pair will guarantee you get a really good fit and durable fabric that will last you throughout the years.

3. A Well Fitting Blazer
A blazer is one of the most versatile pieces you can buy. When you choose a well fitting option, it’s also one of the most flattering things you can wear. The perfect blazer can be worn to dress up your jeans, top off your pencil skirt, or even contrast a flowy maxi dress. The options are truly endless with this classic.

4. Comfortable Black Pumps
Black pumps are the little black dress of footwear. They’re professional enough for work, stylish enough for a date, and perfect for just about any occasion. So while I love skyscraper heels as much as the next gal, it is not smart to spend a ton of money on shoes that are too uncomfortable to wear.

5. A Nice Button Down Shirt
Finally, every girl needs a nice button down shirt. Like all the other staples, it can be dressed up or down—and worn in a variety of different settings. For my ladies with larger chests, be sure to choose one that doesn’t pucker at the buttons. Equipment shirts, like the one above, have a great fit for all body types.


Do you agree with my roundup of wardrobe staples?

What would you add to the list?

Leave your own list in the comments below! And be sure to click the images above to shop for your favorite pieces.

XO Lauren


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