We all have individual tastes and preferences when it comes to clothing but, at the end of the day, most of us can agree on one thing: composing a slew of looks using only a few key pieces is an art. Even the most fashion-forward amongst us will struggle to put an outfit together while staring at a closet filled with clothes. Why is that?
One of the biggest mistakes we tend to make is purchasing trendy pieces that will quickly go out of style, instead of investing in timeless quality looks. A well-conceived wardrobe is one that has many key items to mix and match and only a small selection of trendy pieces – not the other way around!
In order to achieve the perfect sartorial balance, prioritize the following eight indispensable wardrobe essentials. Tested and proven, these classic pieces will help you build an endless combination of looks.
The woman’s pantsuit requires no introduction. A staple par excellence, the pant and blazer duo is here to stay.
Borrowed heavily from men’s fashion, the pantsuit looks great together as an ensemble, but can be worn separately to create a variety of looks for the office as well.
Don’t be scared to mix different colours and prints to elevate and modernize your professional wardrobe.
The Classic Blouse
Super versatile, the classic blouse is a must-have because it will pair easily with an endless combination of looks.
We suggest sticking to white, black and beige blouses that will look great with pieces you already have in your closet.
Dress it up with a blazer, accessorize with a statement necklace, wear it underneath a pullover…the combinations are limitless!
Jean and Denim
When we think about what to wear for a perfect weekend look, the first thing that crosses our mind is a pair of comfortable jeans.
The fabric of choice for a casual Friday, jean and denim are the essence of what it means to look effortless, but also put together and stylish.
Piece of advice: instead of a faded or pale colour, choose a dark denim jacket or dark denim pants for a dressier look.
There is nothing like snuggling up in a warm and ultra-comfortable sweater. Seriously, nothing can top this feeling.
A staple for most Canadians, knitted sweaters are the epitome of coziness, and if it weren’t for our changing seasons, we would be wearing them all year round!
Some claim that three or four sweaters are enough to be well equipped. To that we say, why limit yourself? Go crazy with different colours and prints!
Alongside the fantastic blouse and blazer combination, the fitted skirt is the perfect addition to attend all your important meetings.
This staple piece scores major points thanks to its structured and casual vibe. No wonder it’s a key player when putting together great office looks.
Don’t be shy to skip the pants sometimes and opt for a more feminine style instead.
The Trench Coat
Transitioning between seasons brings its own style dilemmas. Although the weather is cooling down, it’s not exactly cold enough to wear a warm coat, which is why a classic trench is the perfect compromise.
We can always count on the trench coat to shield us from outside elements while looking chic and effortless at the same time.
You won’t regret investing in a handy waterproof essential like this, trust us. We encourage you to include it in your basic outerwear wardrobe as soon as you can!
Little Black Dress
An indispensable classic, the little black dress has gone through a few style evolutions since its creation by Coco Chanel.
Revisited countless times, the LBD has remained a consistent staple thanks to its timeless elegance and simplicity. Regardless of the event you’re attending, you can easily dress it up or dress it down.
Go ahead and pair it with a structured jacket or pick out statement shoes. You’ll soon come to love its versatility.
Introduced by the biker culture, this jacket has the ideal name. What makes it perfect? The fact that it can instantly elevate any outfit.
Bring out your rebellious side by pairing this (faux) leather jacket with your dresses and tops for a daring look that won’t fail.
All you need to do now is grab your helmet, get on your motorcycle, and go hunting for the rest of the essentials on this list!
Adapted from French by Amina Reaz