8 Wardrobe classics to keep forever…and the best places to find them (both desirable and affordable). Or at least, the places where I get mine.
1. The White Shirt. With the ability to look completely dressed up (with a suit) and the craziest pair of heels or super casual with boyfriend jeans and sneakers, the white shirt is a necessity in anyones wardrobe. This is one of those pieces that I wear over and over again, always right when it comes out of the laundry.
Splurge. I’d say the Viper shirt from Rika. The only downside being that it wrinkles quite easily, but I guess that’s also kind of a look. If that makes any sense.
Steal. The H&M men’s department. My boyfriend has one of those and honestly, I wish it was mine. It doesn’t wrinkle at all (for one that steers clear from an iron as much as she can, this is a huge score!) and has the easiest fit. Make sure to get the one that says ‘easy iron’.
2. The Cashmere Sweater. It’s soft, do I really need to say more?
Splurge. At around 200 euros each, Whistles doesn’t make the most expensive options in the cashmere department, but they are just so so good. I own a grey version of their Rose (see me wearing it HERE) and really just want to cuddle it. I mean I would love to try something from The Elder Statesman, yet price wise I feel it is a little crazy.
Steal. Zara! Even though their cashmere is not the best quality out there, it is a nice pick to opt for when going for bolder – more seasonal – colors. Plus, they come with a nice deep V-neck.
3. The Fitted Jeans. Oh jeans, what would I do without you? This is probably the one thing I have most of in my wardrobe, though all we really need is the perfect pair of fitted denim. Ok, and a pair of boyfriend jeans.
Splurge. Definitely Acne Studios, though it is more skinny than it is fitted. What I love about them is that they don’t have a label on the back, no special buttons, no nothing. They are super simple and they perfectly keep their shape.
Steal. As much as I love the one I have from Acne Studios, I tend to keep my most basic denim affordable. My go-to brands for the simplest fitted jeans are Dr. Denim (especially loving their Snap in the color Ash) and Topshop for their Baxter fit (Emmanuelle Alt wears these too!).
4. The Skirt. In whatever shape fits your figure and/or style best. In my case that’s an A-line skirt that ends right below my knees, preferably in leather.
Steal. Though some of the clothes at COS seem a bit too conceptual for my personal taste, they do good skirts. They come in all sorts of styles and lengths and (mostly) in high quality fabrics. On a non polyester using level, who can beat that price point?
5. The Suit. Likely the most classic of all wardrobe classics. What can I say, this blazer/man pant combination can be worn separately or together, which kind of makes it a good investment at all times.
Splurge. I would recommend buying a ‘designer’ suit at a secondhand or resale store and get it altered so that it fits like a glove. I got my suit from Maison Martin Margiela at Roundabout in New York and so far I wore it to Fashion Week(s), dinners, premieres, red carpet events, casual nights out and random Fridays (or any other day of the week for that matter).
Steal. Hmm that’s a hard one. If I had to go buy an affordable suit right now, I would probably have a look at Zara.
6. The T-Shirt. White, heather gray and black being the necessity of necessities.
Steal. Again, the men’s department. This time at COS.
7. The Leather Jacket. I found my ultimate leather jacket a little while ago in Paris and even though it cost me an arm and two legs, I regret not one single euro I spent on it.
Splurge. So, the Mape leather jacket from Acne Studios, seriously what else?
Steal. I am not sure if I would/could get a steal version of the perfect leather jacket. I did have one from Zara when I was younger that lasted for 4 or even 5 years. Also, Danish brand Samsøe & Samsøe has really good ones every once in a while.
8. The Wool Coat. It has been ages since I last wore a cropped jacket – this one from All Saints being the only exception. I like my winter coats long, wool and structured.
Splurge. I don’t actually own a splurge in this category, but I am saving up for a camel version from Stella McCartney (who definitely makes thé best wool coats if you ask me). Secretly I am hoping to bump into one in exactly my size in a dark abandoned corner of a super sample sale.
Steal. My black wool coat from COS (see me wearing it HERE) is from two winters ago, when I was looking for a new structured simple coat that could be worn with just about anything. Which I did. It still looks as if it is brand new and it is most likely my most worn piece ever (Winter in my country is looong, though not as long as in New York).
Now it’s your turn! Tell me about your best.splurge.ever regarding wardrobe classics and I want to hear all about that steal I don’t know about too…