If you’re familiar with my blog, then you’ll know just how much I adore designer clothing—you’ll also know that my budget doesn’t leave much room for buying them. Lately, though, I’ve been wondering if there’s a way to justify splurging every now and then by springing for a piece with a designer label. The short answer is: yes! The long answer is: so long as it’s a wardrobe staple, then I don’t see why not. In other words, if it won’t annihilate your bankroll, and you’re comfortable with the investment, then maybe springing for a higher end pair of shoes, jeans, or top might not be so bad after all.
I’ve chosen three of my favourite designer pieces below that are truly wardrobe staples. And for those of you who may not know what “wardrobe staple” means, it’s basically a term for the essentials that every girl’s closet should have in order to dress well and dress easily. Although these may require additional layers at times, they will always serve a purpose in your closet.
1. The Basic Tee
Who What Wear style experts already know that this staple is definitely one a closet shouldn’t be without. With a superior fit and a neutral colour (especially white), this is a top that will work all year-round. In the spring and summer, tuck it into your favourite maxi skirt. In the fall and winter, pair this with herringbone trousers and a solid blazer for a smart professional ensemble. This plain white “le fitted” T-shirt from FRAME might cost a bit, but it’s a well-made piece that will be worn time and time again.
2. Classic Denim
Versatility, style, and ease are just a few reasons why Lyst’s fashion editors recommend a great fitting pair of jeans for every girl’s wardrobe. And I’m not referring to the ultra-trendy kind, either. Instead, you should look for features that keep your jeans timeless. Because skinny denim seems to be here to stay, I’ve chosen a pair with this characteristic. Additionally, they have other classic attributes like a dark wash, mid-rise waist, a hint of stretch, and a length that sits right at or just below the ankle. These can be worn with boots, sneakers, sandals, heels, or any other type of footwear the season calls for. This pair from J Brand runs over £200, but they’re definitely an investment pair you can keep for years.
3. Ballet Flats
Real Simple’s fashion team also believes that a neutral or versatile red pair of ballet flats is a year-round must-have essential. I’m going to stick with the neutral hue in this case and recommend picking up a black pair. These can be worn with shorts, dresses, trousers, jeans, and so much more. Plus, they’re great for switching with heels after a long day at work or out with friends. These Emporio Armani ballet flats are a steal for around £140, because a comfy, high-quality pair of shoes are rarely regretted.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my splurge-worthy trio of wardrobe staples. I think you might be pleasantly surprised to find just how easy these are on the eyes and the wallet. Remember, sometimes a piece that is well-made and fashionably timeless is worth the extra cost.
*This is a collaborative post but all clothes love my own*