I enjoy quick wardrobe updates that don’t break the bank, though this tendency makes me more susceptible to trends that last a millisecond, as my wallet and I would admit. It’s time for a change. Let 2017 be the year to build a solid relationship with emerging classics and well-made pieces that we can wear over and over!
This strategy probably holds more value than devoting my hard-earned clothing budget to passing trends. So goodbye, chokers, obscenely ripped denims, and body suits that pretend to be tops. From statement shoes to luxe coats, here’s my roadmap to becoming a savvier shopper!
1. Fitted LBD with Cold Shoulder Detail from HOTPING
A good LBD is always appropriate, and easy to dress up and down for any occasion. Though it’s not difficult to find a black dress just about anywhere, one that truly fits requires a sharper eye! I love this tailored number with flattering shoulder cutouts, and a nipped waist that hugs for a flawless fit.
2. Classic Trench Coat in Black from GUMZZI
They say a leather trench coat is a must-own but I personally find it a bit hard to incorporate into day looks. I suggest that you stick to a well-tailored classic trench in a neutral hue like black, which ensures you can wear it for years to come. I love this creation from GUMZZI for its minimal detailing and sassy slit at the back. A little bad weather can’t cramp your style!
3. Fitted Jeans from Seoul Fashion
Shopping for true blues that hug in all the right places is rarely a fuss-free experience. It took me seasons to find my fit, for starters. I’m all for the straight leg cut of this dark-washed pair, which also shows off curves. The frayed cuffs inject just the right amount of detail. The design has the potential to last me years.
4. Faux Leather Jacket from LOLOten
I’m well aware that manmade leather doesn’t have the “supple, luxurious” touch of the real thing, but wearing cow just doesn’t feel right, not to mention it isn’t even necessary when there are slick styles like this one available. Trenches are pretty serious and are hence reserved for weekdays, while a good moto jacket is the perfect companion to lighten up weekend looks.
5. Plain Dress Pants from MyFiona
We’ve been playing with statement pants for a while now, and it’s time for a sophisticated silhouette to complete the mix. The sleek fit, pressed creases, perfectly symmetrical seams and subtle flare of this pair tick every box. These pants also seamlessly transition between work and play.
6. Velvet Dress with Sheer Sleeves from lilygirl
One of the biggest trends from last year, velvet is here to stay for 2017. So go bigger and bolder! In my case, it’s to graduate from pants to a full dress. The sheer lace sleeves of this alluring number play up the gothic vibe nicely. It’s a natural match with black lace heels!
7. Denim Jacket from J-ANN
Yes, we’re over dramatically ripped denims (for now). This well-behaved jacket does a nice job of putting that point cross. A trusty jean jacket will complement just about any outfit for years to come. It has a clean silhouette ideal for wearing over graphic tees with matching jeans.
8. Color-Block Heels with Ankle Straps from Pastel Pairs
These colorful kicks are perfect for spring and easily elevate office outfits, though I’m itching to wear them with boyfriend jeans. Heels are pretty, though not fun to wear, but the ankle straps make them more comfortable by making sure they fit snugly.
9. “Ring-Bearing Shoulder Bag from NANING9
Good bags are good investments – after all, they’re something you use every day. And if you don’t already own something with a metal ring embellishment, this sleek shopper bag is a good choice for dressing up downtime looks and complementing nine-to-five ensembles!
10. Ankle Boots from Freesia
When deciding to give my black boots a break during the warmer months, I was torn between navy and gray, but this strappy pair had me at the subtle detailing and quality finish. I’ll try them with wide culottes and lace for a play on textures and proportions. It’s a trend-proof essential that works however you style them.