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Question: What classic wardrobe essentials are worth investing in?

Answer: I love a great bargain as much as the next gal, but there are certain pieces in every woman’s wardrobe which are definitely worth spending a little extra on. While trends may come and go (and then come back again; I’m talking to you, jean jackets!), there are a few essential pieces that will never go out of style, and as such, merit a slightly higher price tag. These will be the items you use over and over again- not just for a season, but for a lifetime.

A Versatile Dress

And no, it doesn’t necessarily have to be an LBD! The key aspects to look for when picking out this dress are a fit that is flattering to your body, classic lines, and neutral tones (so you can wear it with anything). You want to invest in a dress that will be wearable for first dates, weddings, cocktail parties, and any other slightly dressy event that require you to look extra polished. Try to stay clear of too-trendy styles; peter pan collars and midriff cut-outs are insanely adorable, but in five years, you may not love them as much as you do now.

A Classic Handbag

I like to carry lots of stuff around with me: lipstick, floss, granola bars, more lipstick, etc. And if you’ve got to lug all that stuff around all day, you really might as well do it in something cute, right? A classic handbag will serve you well- it will last far longer than any of the purses you ever picked up on a whim on the clearance rack at the mall, and it adds a touch of chic polish to any outfit. As with the classic dress, it’s best to pick a bag in a neutral color so you can wear it regardless of your outfit’s color palette. And if you’re vegan or leather just isn’t your thing, there are tons of other materials out there to choose from, so don’t worry!

Black Pumps

A quality pair of black pumps are a key part of any wardrobe, but are even more important for anyone who spends any amount of time on their feet. Cheap heels might look great, but when they cause your feet to start aching after twenty minutes, their value becomes apparent. Investing in a pair of pumps which will not only make a statement but also remain comfortable throughout the day will be one of the best fashion decisions you’ll ever make. If you’re working on a lower budget, Stuart Weitzman makes a gorgeous pair of heels which are surprisingly comfortable and supremely well-made. And then, once you’ve progressed in your job to a higher salary and want to treat yourself, an iconic pair of red soled Christian Louboutin pumps will be just right.

A Trench Coat

A trench coat is an extremely versatile and stylish part of any wardrobe. It can be layered over a sweater during winter months, as well as worn as a light layer on rainy spring days and windy fall nights. Plus, the belt at the waist cinches you in at your smallest point, creating a super-flattering effect. This coat, by Burberry Brit, has a strong shoulder detail that adds interest to the classic design. If you’re debating on what piece of outerwear to invest in, the trench is a must-have.

A beautiful pair of earrings

A pair of gorgeous earrings made from quality materials is something you will wear and cherish forever. While cute fashion jewelry is always a fun addition to any purchase, the difference in value between costume jewelry and true investment pieces can be apparent.  Look for a style that can be worn both every day as well as on special occasion, such as these pearl studs from Tiffany & Co. Bonus points if you can manage to run down the street yelling “Cat!” in the pouring rain after making your purchase.

What are your must have investment pieces?