Today’s classic woman knows that the key to building a functional wardrobe is to lay a good foundation. She is keenly aware that a few elements are absolutely essential for a sustainable wardrobe. The common thread for all of her selections is not the price point or the designer, but the quality of the fabric, how the fabric drapes, the craftsmanship, and the fit. The mark of quality clothing is that the fabric holds its shape, the seams are straight and finished, the buttonholes are all the same size and bound with thread, the color is even throughout the garment, the patterns match at the seams and, if it is lined, the lining hangs comfortably. Also, when pieces are purchased off-the-rack, they often must be tailored to fit perfectly. Tailoring can make the difference between looking good and looking great.
If you could peek inside her closet you would find:
1. The Little Black Dress. The one dress that can take a classic woman anywhere. Depending on the accessories, it goes from day to evening without ever missing a beat.
2. A day dress. Although pantsuits take a woman most places, there are times when only a dress will do. Simple lines and solid colors work best.
3. A black suit: dress pants, skirt, blazer, and shirt Black is still the power color that classic women rely on. It should be well constructed, tailored to fit flawlessly and made out of seasonless fabric.
5. T-shirts — black, white, and a signature color.
6. Dark wash jeans. When buying jeans, the classic woman understands that fit is of the utmost importance. It is better to have one pair of great fitting jeans than several pairs of jeans that don’t quite measure up. Quality over quantity is always the classic woman’s mantra.
7. A pair of khaki pants.
8 A swimsuit.
9. A coverup.
10. A couple of great pairs of pajamas with a robe and a pair of slippers.
11. A lightweight cashmere twinset.
12. A trench coat in either black or tan. The classic styling of the trench coat has proven to be a fashion stable for the past several decades. It is a great transitional piece going from spring to summer and from fall to winter.
When it comes to buying shoes, the classic woman knows that leather is the material of choice, although ostrich and snakeskin are great choices as well. She also knows that looks can be deceiving, so she always checks the tags to verify the materials used in the shoe. The seams, just like in her clothing, must be straight and firmly sewn in place – a little tugging will not cause them to become undone — and the color throughout the leather should be uniform. Also, the sole of the shoe will not pull away from the upper part of the shoe with gentle tugging. She looks for shoes that have linings made from natural materials rather than from man-made materials as they are better for perspiration absorption. Although high quality shoes cost more than shoes of a lesser quality, the classic woman knows that they will not only last longer than their cheaper counterparts, but that they have the added benefit of being more comfortable to wear.
1. Neural -colored Flats
2. Nude Pumps
3. Black leather pumps