I love going into Forever 21 and spending 100 dollars on knockoffs of the most recent trends- you know some ridiculous sparkly dress or printed paisley pants. They look amazing the first time I wear them but chances are a month later I throw the pants I HAD to have in the back of my closet, never to be worn again. But there are those major staple pieces everyone should have in their wardrobe here are 8 items everyone should covet which always look expensive and chic.

  1. The Blazer: the blazer is a key piece in any wardrobe as it can take you from the office, to drinks to dancing all night. The best investment is a blazer in a neutral color (black, beige, white). The blazer first became a hit with the YSL smoking jacket and still is essential in any closet today.
    YSL le smoking jacket
    YSL smoking jacket

for a cheaper alternative we love Topshop’s “Petite Ponte Blazer Jacket” $80

2. The White Shirt: Perhaps the most important item to have, the white shirt always looks clean and crisp and can be worn to a swanky dinner party or running to Starbucks on a Sunday.
Classic Anne Fontaine Shirt 

For a budget friendly alternative see Banana Republic’s“Tailored non-iron sateen shirt”  $59.50

3. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are the best invention. Hung-over on the train? Through on your sunnies. Run into your arch nemesis, have no fear slap on your dark tinted glasses! Everyone should have a pair of sunglasses fit for the shape of your face. Tip: aviators are universally flattering. Channel your inner Jackie O- the bigger the better!

 Jackie Onassis wore Nina Ricci
Pin-Up Shades
Try Madewell’s “pin up shades” for an equally glam look $34.99

4. Blue Jeans: This one’s a toughie. Finding a great pair of jeans is like finding the perfect guy; it may take you years to find your perfect match but once you do you never want to let them go.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in MiH jeans

Bdg Cigarette Mid-Rise Jean - Light Denim

Get model legs with BDG Cigarette mid-Rise jeans available at Urban Outfitters $54

5. The Little Black Dress (LBD): Ah, the LBD is the most versatile item any girl can own. Think of Audrey Hepburn in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, her black Givenchy dress could not have been more perfect. The LBD can take you from day to night with a change of shoes and bag as well as from summer to winter with a pair of tights and sweater.

 Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy

Drapped Detailing Dress from Mango $24.99

6. Statement Piece of Jewelry: Whether it’s your grandmother’s old necklace or that funky turquoise ring you bought in Tulum, Mexico a statement piece of jewelry is timeless and a great conversation starter.

Olivia Palermo necklaces

Olivia Palermo in Roberta Freymann

Tribal Triad Bib $30 from Bauble Bar

7. Trench Coat: Perfect for that in-between weather. A trench coat always looks chic.

Kate Middleton in Burberry

Tommy Hilfiger Christine Double Breasted Trench
available at zappos.com $89.99

8. Ballet Flats: Channel your inner Parisian girl and purchase a pair of Ballet flats, ones made in Italy are the best (although definitely more costly) but will last you forever. Whether you’re walking down 5th avenue or Rue Rivoli, ballet flats are the perfect investment.

 Bridgette Bardot in Repetto ballet flats

A cheaper alternative from The Gap $39.95

Article by: Hadley Green