Welcome to Dressed for My Day! Before we go one sentence further, let me assure you that I did not break a sweat (or work up a fever!) writing this blog post. We took the photos several weeks ago, and James assures me he didn’t over exert himself developing them. I’m taking several breaks as I write this post, and I’m still in my pajamas. But after 10 days of constant rest and fastidious attention to good health protocol, I’m aching for a little normalcy and productivity. I am so grateful for the sweet concern and prayers expressed by this community during my illness, but, at a gentle pace, I feel comfortable pressing forward today. And I’m eager to continue our Fall Classics style mini-series with these five wardrobe staples that never go out of style.
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Remember, for this Fall Classics style mini-series I’m mostly pulling classic fall pieces from my personal wardrobe. Most of the ones I’m showing today are indeed still available. But for those that are not I’ve easily located substitutes. And I’ve rounded up a more economical option or two in some instances, as well.
5 Wardrobe Staples that Never Go Out of Style
Can you spot the five wardrobe staples that never go out of style? These are classics I can wear year after year and still look modern and chic because they truly are timeless. Very slowly over the past seven days I have been cleaning out my closet and getting it fully operational for fall and winter. If you’re doing a similar closet purge, don’t get rid of these five wardrobe staples.
Classic Black Pants
The first wardrobe staple that never goes out of style is a great pair of black pants. Whether you wear black up top near your face or not, I think every woman needs a pair of classic black slacks.
I’m wearing the Spanx Perfect Pants in slim straight, but I’d consider their wide leg Perfect Pants to be just as timeless. I sized up to a large, but they are quite roomy on me. Of course, in Spanx a large is a size 10-12, and I sometimes wear 10s. Both the Spanx Perfect Pants in slim straight and the wide leg Perfect Pants also come in petite and tall sizes. And I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love these pants. They are made in a thick, luxurious ponte knit and the silhouette is impeccable. The Spanx Perfect Pants hold you in and hide all panty lines like you’d expect anything made by Spanx to do. But they do not feel tight or binding at all. These Spanx Perfect Pants also come in navy and a navy pinstripe. And yes, those would be just as classic.
The second timeless piece in this outfit is my camel Veronica Beard Miller dickey jacket. I prefer to spend 80% of my clothing budget on high quality investment pieces that will hold their value year after year and only 20% of my budget on a handful of more trendy items. Even then, I purchased this Veronica Beard Miller dickey jacket mostly with Nordy notes I had earned over the course of a year. When you invest in a good quality, classic statement piece that can complete multiple types of outfits, you get a better cost per wear in the long run. And you have what is necessary to create great outfits…over and over.
And in this case, this Veronica Beard Miller dickey jacket is a year round closet staple, so the investment is even sweeter. Of course, you don’t have to spend this much on a good blazer for it to be timeless and worthy. I also have this camel blazer from Express in my closet and I can attest that it is good quality for the price. And if you’d prefer a black, navy or grey blazer instead, you’ll still be able to create countless outfits with those classic closet staples.
If you’re considering purchasing a blazer for the first time or to round out your wardrobe, I suggest choosing one in a more classic cut instead of the trending oversize blazers. The oversized blazers are definitely on trend and can look oh so sharp. But if you’ll only have one and you want to wear that blazer for years, opt for a more traditional style, such as my Veronica Beard Miller dickey jacket or this blazer or this one from Talbots.
The third wardrobe staple that never goes out of style is a beautiful silk scarf. Again, my Sarah Flint Folklore Forest scarf was an investment. But I’ve been studying scarves for a few years now and I’ve noticed that if you choose a truly beautifully crafted silk scarf it will not go out of style. Few accessories hold their value the way an exquisite scarf does.
Choose a scarf in your signature colors. And always consider how the scarf looks and adds interest to your outfit folded and draped, not just spread out. Take good care of your scarves and keep them. I let go of a few silk scarves years ago and I’ve regretted it ever since. While there are so many elegant and beautiful ways to wear a scarf, the most modern styles right now are the relaxed, never-do-mind ones. Just drape a large scarf over your shoulders and tuck it in a little around the lapel of your jacket. Or tie it loosely.
Leopard Print Pumps
The fourth classic closet essential that will never look dated is a pair of animal print heels. Yep. You read that correctly. Do not ditch your leopard print pumps.
For several years there everything leopard print was, well, everywhere. The classic print is not as “of the moment” now, but it’s timeless all the same. If you wear leopard print sparingly it will never look out of style. If you need to rotate your leopard print cardigan, pumps, skirt or jacket out of your closet because you wore it to death…fine. But you definitely do not need to ditch the animal print just because it has faded in popularity a bit. It’s still sophisticated and oh so chic. Add just a splash to your outfit for the best effect these days.
Classic Shoulder Bag
And finally, if you take good care of your classic black shoulder bag with clean lines and classic hardware, you absolutely can carry that bag for more than one season. Most good quality bags come with dust bags these days. Use it. When your bag is out of the rotation, keep it stuffed lightly with the tissue paper that came with it (and that moisture proofing pouch), and place it in that dust bag. I love a new handbag each season, but I try not to buy the same color each year because I like to carry mine about six or eight years if possible.
So can you create a modern, chic look with all classics from your closet this fall? You absolutely can. These are the pieces worth investing a larger portion of your clothing budget because they can stay in your closet for years. But don’t leave them in your closet. Wear them! Enjoy knowing that these classics will keep you looking polished and in style on any given day.
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Blessed for My Day
How do you do at taking advice? Sometimes it is difficult for me to bend my will and allow others to speak instruction into my life. Especially as I get older and more set in my ways. But the Bible tells us that we are wise to listen to advice and accept instruction. And I don’t think there’s really an expiration date on that proverb.
Sometimes when I find myself waffling in a decision or course of action, I take a step back and consider if there is a bit of advice that I have been resistant to heeding. Often I realize that someone I generally trust and respect has been kindly and graciously offering me perspective and advice but I have been ignoring it up to that point. The next step is often repenting of my own pride and then stepping forward in the wisdom I had been offered by the friend, my spouse, my parent or even one of my children. If you find yourself feeling stuck or confused today, I encourage you to stop and listen. Maybe someone has already been gently prodding you in the right direction and it’s simply time to pay attention.
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. ~ Proverbs 19:20-21