Do you feel like a woman but shop just like a little girl? Don’t despair. We’ve rounded up 10 basic pieces that will put you on the fast track to a wardrobe as sophisticated and mature as you are.
Impulsiveness is a folly of youth. Forethought is what happens when you know better. In other words, invest in a reliable trench and leave getting caught in the rain to twenty-somethings and Jimmy Buffet.
Burberry Mid-length Wool and Cashmere-Blend Trench Coat ($1,295) in Camel
Now that you’ve upgraded from hostels to hotels and from road trippin’ to platinum status, you need a proper suitcase. Actually you need a pair of them, because when it comes to travel plans, one size doesn’t fit all.
A t-shirt that you’ve worn to the point that it looks vintage is the ultimate fashion badge of honor. It takes time, commitment, and good laundry skills. Moreover, it’s loaded with sentimental value and fond memories. If you’re an overzealous closet cleaner, don’t sweat it, you can buy a new tee today and it’ll be soft and perfectly faded by the time you hit 40.
New York University Arch T-Shirt ($18) in Navy/White
Good news? Bad breakup? Treat yo’self. This should be a totally unnecessary, utterly fabulous item, which, ideally, you cannot in good conscious afford. Consider the fashion/food analogy: just as it’s psychologically healthy to indulge in a chocolate milkshake every so often, so too is it prudent to occasionally unleash your inner splurchase monster. In short, all work and no Gucci will make you a very dull girl.
Sophia Webster Lei Lou Lace-Up Leather Sandals ($595) in Multicolor
This doesn’t have to be expensive or showy, just something that a) you wear frequently and b) is indicative of your personal style. One-of-a-kind pieces and heirlooms work well here. Also monogramming is an easy solution for making any piece your own.
Sarah Chloe Cara Bracelet ($98) in Yellow Gold Plated
The average American changes jobs every 4.4 years, so by the time you hit 30, chances are you’ve been around the block once or twice. To ensure that the first impression you make on a potential employer is a good one, invest in a classic and versatile blazer. It conveys a sense of no-nonsense professionalism and can be tossed on at a moment’s notice (no ironing necessary).
Helmut Lang Scrunched Sleeve Blazer ($435) in Black
Costume baubles are fun and flashy, but every jewelry box deserves at least one precious piece. For the biggest bling for your buck, opt for a modest pair of diamond studs. The workhorse of the accessories world, they go with everything and will never, ever go out of style.
Tiffany Solitaire Diamond Earrings ($1,125) in Platinum
Whether you’re relationship status is married, single, or “it's complicated,” you should own a set of underwear that makes you feel instantly sexy and irresistible. Important note: this is for you, not him (although doubtless he’ll appreciate it too).
If you’re anything like us, you squandered your first paycheck on the latest It bag (and then lived off SpaghettiOs for the next two weeks). A quality pocketbook is equally important to one’s wardrobe, but because it doesn’t see the light of day as often, it tends to get pushed to the bottom of your shopping to-do list. Stop procrastinating and make the purchase. We promise you won’t regret it.
Saint Laurent Classic Paris Flap Wallet ($575) in Fuchsia
Lipstick colors are like romantic partners: there’s a perfect match out there for everyone. All it takes is a little research on your part. Troll the beauty sites, consult the salesclerk at your local cosmetics boutique, and don’t be afraid take the more promising shades out for a test drive. Whether it’s with a matte or long-lasting gloss, you’re sure to find your happily ever after.
NARS Dressed to Kill ($26) in Fuchsia Rose with Gold Shimmer