Famous Irish writer Oscar Wilde once said, “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” When it comes to way out prints and questionable denim numbers, he might just be right. However, while some fashions might go out of style, style never goes out of fashion. So, when you’re donning this season’s fleeting catwalk inspired threads, pair them with a few girls’ fashion staples that’ll still be in vogue long after we kiss 2014’s fashion trends goodbye.
What do we mean by girls’ fashion staples? From a pair of gorgeous heels to a little black dress that just goes with everything, we’re talking about those tried and true pieces that you can mix and match for every occasion. Today, we’re going to go over our top 7 fashion classics that will never go out of style and deserve a place in every fashionista’s wardrobe. Let’s get started!
1. The Little Black Dress
Whether you’re sixteen or sixty, a Little Black Dress (or three!) is an absolute must-have. A well-chosen LBD is a timeless girls’ fashion classic that will never go out of style. You can dress it up with statement accessories for a night on the town, pair it with some pearls for an elegant evening ensemble or even wear it straight for a sophisticated but sexy work number. Of course, not all little black dresses are created equal. For maximum versatility and serious sensuality, look for dresses that cut off just above the knee. Be aware that the louder the style is and the more embellishments it has, the more likely your dress will go out of fashion.
A gorgeous example of an understated but exceedingly elegant Little Black Dress is the JS Collections Sleeveless Sweetheart Sheath (Macy’s - $97.60). The piped detailing at the bust adds interest without dating the dress while the sweetheart neckline shows off just a hint of cleavage. The form fitting silhouette makes this LBD perfect for ladies with a rectangular body shape.
For a Little Black Dress that is just as appropriate in the workplace as it is for leisure, take a look at the Charter Club Sleeveless Soutache Trim Sheath Dress (Macy’s - $61.90). Sporting a stylish soutache trim at the neckline and princess seams at the front, all this refined dress need is a pair of black heels and you’ll be ready to rock the boardroom.
If you’re a fuller figured lady, you can still wear this girls’ fashion staple in style. The Torrid Swing Dress (Torrid - $68.50) sports capped sleeves to disguise thick upper arms and a cinched waist to highlight your favourite curves. The swing style of the dress is retro, while the triangle cut out in the back gives the outfit a sexy modern twist.
2. A Smart Blazer
Our second must-have girls’ fashion piece will come as no surprise to seasoned fashionistas. We are, of course, talking about a smart blazer. Like a LBD, a blazer is a highly versatile piece that you can mix and match to suit almost any occasion, whether business or pleasure. The key to rocking a blazer is making sure it fits perfectly on the shoulders.
If you’re trying to achieve a corporate chic look, it’s best to opt for a tailored black blazer like the Alfani Three Quarter Sleeve Ruched Blazer (Macy’s - $82). Ruched sleeves separate it from the crowd and add a little flair, but the slimming silhouette makes sure it’s still a classic for the office.
Although black blazers are more traditional, crisp white blazers have also found their place in the market. The Merona Women’s Ponte Collarless Jacket (Target - $29.99) is perfect for pairing with smart black pants and heels for a trendy business look. Transition this girls’ fashion staple from work to play by wearing it over your Little Black Dress!
Blazers don’t just cater to the corporate realm these days. A lot of designers have reimagined this key piece to reflect our modern lifestyles. The INC International Concepts Ruffle-Front Military Jacket (Macy’s - $73) is a great example of a timeless piece revolutionised. It embraces the ever-fashionable military style with bold buttons and an edgy fit while wearing as easily as your favourite cardigan.
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3. Versatile Jeans
We’re willing to bet that almost every woman has at least one pair of jeans in her girls’ fashion arsenal. However, many ladies totally limit their options by selecting styles that will only be in fashion for a season or that don’t mix and match well with the rest of their wardrobe must-haves. A classic pair of jeans is essential, because you can dress them up or down without sacrificing complete comfort for sheer sexiness.
If you’ve got long, slim legs, show them off with a pair of INC International Concepts Skinny Stretch Jeans (Macy’s - $71.50). These flattering jeans cling in all the right places and boast a faye wash that won’t date like acid or stone wash. Just add heels to make those gorgeous pins look like they go on for miles.
White jeans have made a comeback. Jeans like the Style&Co Slim Fit Tummy-Control Jeans (Macy’s - $41.20) are a great option for a chic, fashion forward look. Black on black (or any single colour combo) can give the illusion that you’re wearing an unflattering body suit. Avoid this embarrassing fashion faux pas by whipping out your flattering, white tummy-control jeans when you’re wearing your favourite black shirt. They’re a match made in heaven.
If you’ve got a full figure, you can still get on board with the slim jeans style. Many jeans, like the Torrid Power Plant Slim Boot Trousers (Torrid - $58.50), now offer a slim boot cut style for the best of both worlds. They skim the thighs before flaring out slightly at the knees to balance your figure. Even better, the dark wash makes them more appropriate for work.
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4. A Stylish Sweater
Sweet sweaters have become a major fashion statement over the past few years and we’ve got celebs like Mary-Kate Olsen and Elizabeth Banks to thank for that. Finally, a celebrity style that’s comfortable! Sweaters don’t have to look frumpy. In fact, the right cut with the right accessories can look amazingly feminine while feeling fantastic.
Follow in the footsteps of Olivia Munn and keep cosy this season with a trendy heart print sweater in a stylish black and white colour scheme. Sometimes, patterned fabric dates, but rest assured that hearts are a theme that isn’t going to fall off our fashion radar any time yet. Take a look at the INC International Concepts Doman-Sleeve Jacquard Heart Sweater (Macy’s - $55). This striking sweater is an ideal companion for a pair of white skinny jeans and a wild set of metallic heels to create a casual party look.
Looking for a more elegant option? The Chaps Solid Cable-Knit Sweater (Kohls - $23.60) in alpine white is a gorgeous girls’ fashion piece that’ll instantly take a pair of jeans or plain pants from casual to chic. The cable-knit pattern is totally timeless while the bateaux neckline adds a sliver of sensuality.
For ladies with a curvy figure, the Torrid Marilyn Sweater (Torrid -$54.50) will fit like a dream. This sweater proves that cable-knit can be as sexy as it is sophisticated, with its daring Marilyn neckline and bold sapphire blue colour scheme.
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5. A Sweet Sundress
Sundresses are a gorgeous summer staple that every lady needs in her wardrobe. They’re trendy, feminine and, most importantly, a comfortable way to stay stylish all summer long.
If you’re a woman with broad shoulders and a slender frame, summer is the perfect time to rock a maxi dress. The Planet Gold Juniors Printed Tulip-Skirt Maxi Dress (Macy’s - $34.40) sports a bold print that’ll get you noticed while the spaghetti straps lend a touch of girlishness to the outfit that will off-set your athletic shoulders. The tulip inspired slit completes this striking dress by showing off your long legs.
For a classic girls’ fashion staple, you really can’t go past a pristine, white sundress. The innocent and inherently feminine style is ideal for weddings, garden parties or even a spot of lunch with the girls. The B Darlin Junior’s Lace-Panel Dress (Macy’s - $68.80) is a super cute and fabulously trendy option with its flattering a-line silhouette, lace bodice and sweetheart neckline.
Ladies with hourglass figures should look for sundresses that emphasize their slender waist while minimising the hips. Try the ELLE Floral Geometry Dress (Kohl’s - $47.99). This fresh pink sundress has capped sleeves to flatter full upper arms and a flared skirt which skims the hips for the best fit possible. Add ballet flats or Mary-Janes to complete the look.
6. A Trendy Trench Coat
While you might not be thinking about long coats this season, early spring is actually the ideal time to expand your girls’ fashion collection. Make the most of insane winter clearance sales to pick up a new trench coat or three!
Everyone knows that a black trench coat is a must. Not only does it keep you cosy in the cooler months, but it also adds an instant air of sophistication and mystery to the wearer. The Promithi Women’s Wild Slim Fitted Long Trench Coat (Amazon - $45) will leave you feeling like you just walked off a Film Noir set. Its iconic features are easily modernised with a cute bow at the waist and the beautiful flare at the bottom. Wear it with black heels and semi-opaque pantyhose to get the look.
For a totally modern twist on the trench coat, the Bar III Asymmetrical Belted Trench Coat (Macy’s - $199.40) fits the bill. The fresh white colour just begs to be worn with straight leg black pants for a seriously stylish look. Meanwhile, the asymmetrical style lends this cozy trench coat just enough edge to keep it in vogue season after season.
If you’re feeling extra bold, check out the Michael Kors Logo Lined Double-Breasted Belted Trench Coat (Macy’s - $206). The vibrant red colour will get hearts racing and heads turning, while the racy gold buttons further enhance this trench coat’s already glam vibe. Ladies who like to accentuate their waists will love the belted middle.
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7. A Beautiful Black Skirt
No list of girls’ fashion staples would be complete without a beautiful black skirt. The timeless elegance of a versatile and classic black skirt has made it just as popular as a party piece as it is in the boardroom.
If you’re looking to pull off that sexy secretary look, a traditional black pencil skirt is for you. The Style&Co Pull On Pencil Skirt (Macy’s - $38.50) hits at the knee to create a tres chic style that’s just a little sensual. For a stunning corporate ensemble, add sheer pantyhose, a pair of simple black pumps and a feminine white blouse.
The INC International Concept Flared A-Line Skirt (Macy’s - $61.90) is the pencil skirt’s sassy younger sister. While the pleats tease at innocence, this skirt hits a gutsy few inches above the knee to amp up the sex appeal. Add a bold patterned skirt for play or a trendy ruched blouse for work.
For something a little more discreet, the Alfani Side Slit Knit Maxi Skirt (Macy’s - $68.90) is a fab pick. This ankle skimming number toys at traditionalism with its length while still showing off a sliver of your gorgeous legs. Wear it to a semi-conservative work do to gain that extra edge on your competition!
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Achieving a modern, sexy look day in and day doesn’t have to be a chore. It’s easy to look fabulous every day of the week when you’ve got a few girls’ fashion staples in your wardrobe to mix and match with. So, take the plunge and invest in a few quality pieces to pad out your closet today. Remember, it’s worth it, because most well-chosen classics will last longer than Justin Bieber’s career. Good luck!