By Anna Lynn C. Sibal
Fashion is fickle. Trends come and trends go. What is hot for today becomes awfully stale tomorrow.
It is not a sin to want to look trendy and up-to-date with the times. But if you are a girl operating on a shoestring budget, it is a sin to splurge so much money on fashion items that seem to be the 'in' thing today, but will soon be something you will not want to be caught dead wearing.
Do not become a fashion victim. Do not cram your closet with clothes that will not last you, just because it is fashionable to have them. Instead, build a wardrobe that will stick through the seesawing trends, filled with pieces that will never go out of style. Having a timeless wardrobe will always make you look in style, even if you fall in a fashion rut.
What are the elements of a timeless wardrobe?
A timeless wardrobe contains white tops. When we say white tops, it does not have to be a plain T-shirt or a baby tee. Have fun and choose different styles, with different collars and different length of sleeves (or no sleeves at all), as long as it is white. A white top can go with anything and can be worn anywhere.
Jeans are a must have in building a timeless wardrobe. You can wear jeans in many ways. You can throw a baggy T-shirt with jeans and sneakers if you do not feel like dressing up. You can also match a nice blouse and classy, heeled pumps if you feel like dressing pretty without exerting much effort. Get yourself a couple or so pairs of high quality and with a great fit, and you will find yourself with a good wardrobe investment.
Some women shy away from buying dresses because they feel that they cannot get as much mileage out of a dress as from a pair of slacks or a power suit. On the contrary, a dress can look nice either as daywear or for the night, depending on how you accessorize. If you want to spend wisely on a dress, get one that you can wear on any occasion.
Pearls never go out of fashion. If you want a touch of class and elegance on any outfit, just wear a string of pearls around your neck. If you have an heirloom pearl necklace, cherish it and take very good care of it. If you do not have one, you may want to consider saving up and investing your money on a few good pieces of pearl jewelry. However, you can still get away with artificial pearl beads if you wear them right and take care of them properly.
Just like when buying a dress, when buying jackets, choose one that you can wear anywhere and anytime, depending on the other articles of clothing and accessories that you match with it.
You also do not need to own so many handbags. Just a couple of bags that are high quality and with some color and personality can do you a lot of good.
And of course, no timeless wardrobe is complete without the little black dress. Whenever you feel that you have nothing to wear, you can always rely on your little black dress to save you. Choose one that fits your personality and your lifestyle.
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