It’s hard to go wrong with a wardrobe that’s anchored by classic pieces. The best ones have clean, simple lines in quality fabrics that always look polished and timeless. They’re easy to reach for time and again because they’re often in neutral colors and by their very nature, versatile. But are they boring?
We’ve all seen that woman in head to toes classics who keeps the look fresh and modern. What’s her secret? It’s all in the details. Using colors, patterns, and unique combinations goes a long way but the often overlooked place to start is your grooming.
Keep your hairstyle updated. If you’ve worn the same classic style for many years, it may be time to tweak it. A classic blazer, white shirt, and single strand of pearls can verge on stuffy if you pair it with a classic bob and pearl stud earrings. Picture that same look with a spikey pixie and it has a totally different feel. A stodgy hairstyle, combined with head to toe classic pieces can make you look like you’re stuck in a time warp.
Classic pieces are often in neutral colors but you can also find them in patterns and brighter or unusual colors. A pair of classic chino’s in cobalt blue makes a very different statement than the same chinos in beige. Your spring blazer or classic satchel would be anything but boring in Fuschia or canary yellow.
If you love pearls and classic jewelry, try styling them with edgier tops. Stack a few necklaces with your pearls to give them a modern look.
Classic loafers and ballet flats look great with everything but switching them for a trendier shoe will update a classic outfit. The squared toe is on trend this spring so a flat or sandal with that tiny detail will modernize every outfit. A bit of whimsey or drama adds an unexpected edge to classic outfits.
A small pop of bright or unusual color in your handbag will update any classic outfit. Try a unique shape or pattern with an otherwise traditional outfit. Switch up your shoes. Go big on your accessories.
Yes, cookie-cutter dressing can be boring but well-chosen classic pieces, combined with interesting details makes your classic style unique and keeps it looking fresh.
Clothes are a powerful form of self-expression and meant to be enjoyable. Let’s be sure they’re speaking our language.
Is classic a large part of your wardrobe?