In order to avoid spending loads of money (and time) by filling your closet with things that might not be popular next year, try adding in a few timeless classic pieces that will last you many seasons to come. Whether you're graduating from college and looking for an outfit that will carry you from the interview process into the first few years of your career, or you're simply on the search for evening attire to wear to a friend's wedding; consider each occasion that you make a purchase for as a way to add a piece to your wardrobe that you'll be able to mix and match for years without the fear of it going out of style.
One piece that can be worn repeatedly is a blazer. Wear this to the office paired with a pencil skirt or slacks, throw it on over a tank top with jeans and heels for a night out, add it to shorts and flats for a trip to the Farmer's Market. Simply stated, a blazer can add a sophisticated and polished look to any outfit. Look for a blazer that is form-fitting yet not too tight so you'll be able to move around comfortably. Also take into consideration the color, and opt for a classic hue like solid black or navy, both of which can be paired with just about anything.
Another classic piece to add to your wardrobe is a comfortable, practical heel. Depending on your occupation and lifestyle, wearing heels might not be the ideal choice, but it's always nice to have a pair in your closet to take any outfit from day to night in a flash. I like to wear nude pumps with colorful or patterned dresses or tops, and black pumps with a classic black dress or pixie pants. It's important to keep in mind the height of the heel while shopping. A four-plus inch heel might feel comfortable in those few steps at the department store, but imagine all of the places you walk in your daily routine. A slightly shorter heel might work out better in the long haul. Also consider buying accessories that will keep your heels continuously looking and feeling like new, like these clear heel protectors by SoleMates for wearing heels in the grass, or these sole protectors by Protect Your Pumps that will keep the bottoms of your heels brand new.
Classic heels that can be worn day or night, and will last you many seasons.
While I mentioned a blazer, a pair of heels, and a little black dress here, there are many more items that can become a mainstay in your closet. Remember to take into consideration things like the color, how functional and practical it is to wear in your daily routine, and, most importantly, how versatile the item is. It's always enticing to jump into the season's hottest trends, but before doing so think about adding a few timeless and classic pieces to give your wardrobe a solid-lasting foundation.