Is it possible to have a classic style that is really timeless? An interesting question that I am periodically asked by the readers of this blog and the followers of my Youtube channel.
Do timeless garments and accessories really exist, able to resist fashions and changing tastes?
It’s certainly true that there are garments and accessories that are more timeless than others, although in reality even these pieces tend to evolve over time.
I’m thinking, for example, of my Chanel 2.55, which, while remaining essentially the same, has nonetheless evolved over time, changing a bit in detail, workmanship, and finish.
Notwithstanding, there are certainly some tips that can be given to all women who wish to create a wardrobe that is largely timeless – or at least classic and modernizable from year to year with a few tricks.
1 – Classic style: focus on some “timeless” garments
These are, typically, the classic, masculine shirt. But also garments such as trench coats, classic cut coats, blazers and trouser suits and pencil skirts. Straight-leg jeans in dark, even washes also fall into this category, as do pumps or high-calf boots in neutral colors.
The important thing is to replace them over time with items that are modern and contemporary in design – meaning neither trendy nor particularly traditional. Aim for a beautiful modern-contemporary, intended to last.
2 – Take special care of accessories
I am talking specifically about shoes and handbags. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to invest in designer and luxury handbags. However, it is important to invest in understated handbags and other accessories in neutral colors that follow the lines of the most classic handbags and shoes that will stand the test of time and fashion unscathed.
There is no doubt, however, that having a few luxury and iconic accessories in your closet, such as a Chanel bag, doesn’t hurt if you want to have a timeless wardrobe and style.
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3 – Adapt your classic garments to your body type and proportions
Garments that fit your body type perfectly will stay modern and current much longer and will never lose their polish.
Think of the blazer, for example: it’s always current and part of a timeless wardrobe, but its proportions and cut evolve over time. At the same time, our body also changes, and if a garment fits us impeccably, it will certainly stay relevant for longer.
We can even consider the idea of having at least the most classic and used garments made from scratch, in a good tailor’s shop!
4 – Go for neutral colors (with a few additions)
Neutral colors keep their relevance over time. Even the most vibrant ones, however, can be eternal. Above all, they are personal colors, which we feel are ours and which particularly suit and enhance our natural colors.
So, if our goal is to have a classic and timeless style, it can be very useful to build real “capsules” in 2-3 favorite colors, literally collecting garments and accessories in our favorite colors.
5 – Choose 1 or more style icons and study their outfits and style
If you particularly love the style of a celebrity with classic and impeccable tastes, learn to study their style and emulate them! This does not mean copying their style 1:1, but rather draw inspiration, observe how they match colors and shapes.
6 – Select brands and shops with classic style and quality products
Since you’re banking on classic clothing and garments and accessories meant to last, select fashion brands that offer quality garments and accessories, even if it means spending a little more.
A list of brands that offer classic and timeless garments and accessories are, for example: Mango, Max Mara, Benetton. In addition, take a look at the many outlets for designer clothes and high quality, which often allow you to make real bargains.
Concluding, we can say that it is certainly possible to build a classic and timeless wardrobe, but with a bit of attention. Let’s get into the habit of carefully selecting replacement purchases, opting for classic, yet modern and essential garments and accessories. They will remain much more current over time!
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