Can you believe it’s almost Fall?
Yep…boot weather is just around the corner…so happy!
Are you like me? Already frantically pulling out the fall and winter clothes looking to see what’s still in style, what fits, what doesn’t and what’s donation worthy?
Or shopping the sales to grab the good boots before they’re back-ordered? (Like these beauties I just snagged!)
When the hubs saw my latest purchase he said, “Honey you already have two pairs of brown boots, did you really need another pair?”
I bet you can pretty much guess what I said, “But I don’t have this chocolate brown shade.”
And it’s not just the boots we have to worry about. It’s coats, sweaters, hats, you name it.
One can get very confused.
So let’s talk basics.
A nice investment now can help prevent breaking the bank every time fall comes around.
And shopping off-season is another great way to build a style that’s always fashionable while still staying on budget.
I’m talking timeless classics.
Here are just a few of my must-have faves that I think every woman should own:
#1 Knee-High Boots (Over-the-Knee pair optional but fun to have)
You can live in a good pair of tall boots through Fall, Winter and even a bit into Spring.
If you invest in a good pair of high quality boots, they can last for years and years. I had one pair of camel colored boots that I wore for 8 years!
Knee-high boots are chic, versatile and warm.
I suggest you start with a pair of your classic sleek, black or brown, with a small heel.
You can wear the boots with your skinny jeans, boot-cut jeans, sweater dresses, flowy skirts and even shorts.
I prefer genuine leather for all my shoes because of the durability and how well they wear as they age.
However, this is just a personal preference and you can find all kinds of different materials if leather is not your thing.
Just make sure it’s one solid color and one material.
I made the mistake of buying a pair of black mixed-media leather/suede boots and the look quickly became dated!
#2 Black or Gray Pea-coat
Pay close attention, I said a “black or gray” pea-coat not a “pea green” pea-coat.
Yes! I made that mistake too.
In the store, I fell in love with a Michael Kors wool, pea green pea-coat that had fun gold hardware accents.
You know how many times I wore that coat?
Unfortunately I can count the times on just one finger.
Don’t impulse buy!
A good quality pea-coat is a must-have for sure. It would even be a good idea to own two different lengths. One short and one long.
Not only are pea-coats classic and stylish. They are warm and comfortable.
#3 Neutral flats
If you read Change Your Mindset To Achieve A Timeless Affordable Stylish Wardrobe then you probably know this is a hard one for me because I’m such a fan of heels.
However, I found this tan pair of Ralph Lauren loafers and they are now my go-to shoes.
They are comfortable, durable, and go with practically everything.
You can wear them with dresses, jeans, or slacks. Dress them up for work or down for a trip to the park with the kiddos.
High quality loafers can elevate the look of even a simple pair of jeans and white T-shirt. (ripped jeans of course!)
So no matter what you’re doing your style will be enviable.
#4 The LBD
Let’s not forget about the Little Black Dress!
I just found the perfect one at Armani Exchange for less than $100.
Can’t beat that because I know I will wear the heck out of it!
LBD’s are great because you can dress them up or down. And the color never goes out of style. Black is a neutral.
Wear with a denim jacket on casual Friday. Wear with sleek knee-high boots when running errands. Or wear with a statement necklace and pair of great stilettos for an evening out on the town.
I’m sure you can find a zillion different ways to wear a good LBD. And accessories add a whole other plethora of options.
You just can’t go wrong.
The LBD will never let you down.
If you find one you love, grab it fast. As a matter of fact, you may even want to grab two of them!
#5 Pop of Color
Don’t forget to brighten your wardrobe up with a pop of color here and there.
A red pea-coat with black buttons does the trick nicely. (Notice how I said “red” not “pea green”? lol)
Also don’t forget to have a little fun with a few on-trend pieces like leopard print pants.
They might not last quite as long as the investment pieces you buy but you want to let your personality shine through and this is the perfect way to do that.
Just don’t spend too much money on them!
Of course there are more basic pieces you can add as time goes on, but this is a good starting point for what to look for when building a long-lasting chic wardrobe.
The best part is that since classics last for several years, you don’t have to buy everything at once.
You can add investment pieces as your budget allows.
Here’s to Fall my HiP peeps!
Until then, my boots are patiently waiting bedside.
And remember another classic, a smile never goes out of style!
What other staple pieces might you recommend? I love hearing your thoughts
Stay happy friends,