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Out With the Old? Not for These Five Classic Pieces

Posted: 01/14/2013 5:54 pm

Every January there's always so much talk about embracing the new -- new goals, new habits, new changes, new lifestyle. When it comes to fashion, it's no different. Magazines are already previewing the new Spring/Summer trends for 2013 and in just a few weeks I'll be doing the same.

What we don't typically hear about in January is keeping the old -- hanging on to the things that really work. Whether it's a habit, lifestyle choice or anything that's an asset to you in any way, there's nothing wrong with hanging on to something tried and true.

The same applies to fashion. There are pieces that each of us have in our closets that may not be new or noteworthy but continue to serve their purpose time and time again. So this January, instead of focusing on the newest, latest and hottest, I'm going to appreciate five classic keepers. And my prediction for 2013? They're not going anywhere any time soon.

1. Single Breasted Blazer

Nothing beats a well made, properly fitting blazer. Dress it up, dress it down, throw it over a dress or a pair of jeans. This versatile piece, if purchased well, can last years. If you're planning on investing in a blazer that will last you more than one season, purchase a classic cut in good quality material and fabrication. Make sure that it fits your body perfectly, so invest in tailoring if needed.

2. Simple Button-Down Cardigan

When was the last time the cardigan was out of style? Oh that's right, never. Styles may vary slightly, but a classic button down cardigan never goes out of style. Button it, leave it open, button only the top, belt it, push up the sleeves. Wear it over a tank with shorts or with a blouse to the office -- cardigans are the perfect layering piece.

3. Crisp White Shirt

If you ever find a crisp white button down shirt that fits you perfectly, buy up the store. A great fitting white shirt is like a great fitting pair of jeans -- hard to come by and worth every penny. So if you're lucky to find one that looks like it was made just for you, buy as many as you can. That way if yours gets stained or worn, you'll have more to fall back on.

4. Wrap Dress

If you ever find yourself wanting a dress but not sure what style suits you, buy a wrap dress. Suitable to so many body types, I have yet to find a woman who couldn't rock a wrap dress. The key is to find the right fabrics, colours and cut for your shape. Make sure that when the dress wraps, there's no sagging around the top or that the wrap around the waist area doesn't seem too high or too low.

5. Pencil Skirt

Pencil skirts aren't for everyone but out of any skirt style, they're the one that has withstood the test of time. The key with the pencil skirt (like with most pieces) is to have the right fit. It should skim the body -- not too tight and not too loose. It shouldn't buckle or gather, nor should it float away from your body. It should follow your curves without looking like it was painted on. Get it right and you'll have a skirt that you can easily gravitate to on any occasion.


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  • 1. Peplums

    Kim Kardashian was perhaps peplums' most famous fan in 2012, but we kind of hope she gives them the Kris Humphries send-off in 2013. Yawn.

  • 2. Sheer everything

    Two words: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/06/ellie-goulding-wardrobe-malfunction-see-through-white-dress_n_2249540.html">wardrobe malfunction.</a>

  • 3. Gel manicures

    Sure, they last a long time. But who wants a mani you can't take off yourself on a whim?

  • 4. Half-shaved heads

    2013 will be the year of Classy Scalp Uniformity.

  • 5. Pastel hair

    Katy Perry and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/06/christina-aguilera-pink-hair-the-voice-2012-photos_n_2081680.html">Christina Aguilera </a>were among the ombre amours this year, but this go around, we hope everyone leaves the My Little Pony hair to, well, My Little Ponies.

  • 6. Studded collars

    We get it. Everyone's afraid of your lapels. Next!

  • 7. Wedge sneakers

    They're comfy. We like comfy! Towering sneaks are just a little bit overdone at this point.

  • 8. High fashion sweatshirts

    The <a href="http://www.openingceremony.us/products.asp?menuid=2&designerid=1335&productid=63924">Kenzo tiger</a> and the <a href="http://www.elbowsandkneesblog.com/?tag=balenciaga-galactic-sweaters">Balenciaga galactic print</a> both kicked off hot sweatshirt-y trends this year, but as far as we're concerned, any item of clothing we're going to spend triple digits on shouldn't be able to double as gym wear.

  • 9. Neon

    Day-Glo dresses, pants, jewelry, shoes, pantsuits, bags, lipstick -- enough!

  • 10. Flatforms

    We'd rather wear stilettos than clod around in a pair of these.

  • 11. Printed pants

    Don't get us wrong, we love this look fashion-wise, BUT, we're skeptical that a pair exists that doesn't make us our thighs look like walruses balancing on their tails.

  • 12. Jumpsuits

    Petitioning the White House to allow separate tops and bottoms in 2013.

  • 13. Dark '90s lipstick

    We have a feeling goth-y lips will be a mainstay this year, but we're already a bit over the "Interview with the Vampire" beauty thang.


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