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.