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10 Classic Fashions No Woman Can Do Without

10 Classic Fashions No Woman Can Do Without

A fashion savvy Australian Aborigine once said, “The more you know, the less you need.” Translation: It’s better to know your way around the classics than have a closet crammed with clothing that is already so “five minutes ago”.

It’s smart to stock up on classics, no matter your personal style. Think Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Catherine Deneuve: always, simple, chic and impeccably dressed.

Once you have the classics, you can go anywhere. If you buy pieces that are well made and in good fabrics, they’ll wear better, feel better and, of course, look better on you. The fabrics to look for are lightweight wool gabardine, silk, cotton, linen, cashmere, and textured microfibers. Go that extra mile and make sure everything fits, especially the tailored pieces. Go to a tailor if something needs to be altered. It’s worth the money. Now for those of you who are not the “classic” type, you can still do your own thing. Try a Chanel jacket with jeans or a leather bomber with a chiffon skirt.

If you’re downtown hip with a touch of “goth”, just add a leather jacket to the classics along with leather pants and animal print accessories.

If you’re the artistic, creative type, throw on some ethnic or artful pieces to give the classics your own special style. Think Peruvian hand knit sweaters, chunky bracelets or African necklaces.

Classics are also good if you’re on a budget. They last longer and you’ll have fewer mad dashes to the mall to buy a piece just for one evening. If you don’t believe us, try on a little black dress or a solid color suit. Add a scarf, several necklaces or different belts. See how many different looks you have?