You've heard this many times: Classic style will always look good and surpass trends. If you embrace this aesthetic, you'll always look polished and you won't cringe when you see your pics, even after a decade has passed. If you want to learn everything about classic style, read on for the ultimate list of closet essentials and see chic outfit ideas.
What is a classic outfit?
Before anything else, we'd like to clarify that a classic outfit doesn't mean old-fashioned or boring. It's about creating looks with timeless pieces and clean silhouettes. The result: Polished OOTDs whatever the occasion is. Plus, you won't be embarrassed to look at your old pics because the clothes in the photograph are still wearable or fashionable, even years or decades have passed.
What items do you need to build a classic outfit?
Here's a starter pack you'll need to build classic outfits. These items create a solid wardrobe foundation, and you can match these with trendy pieces!
A white tee is a versatile piece you can dress up or down. Pair with jeans for a weekend look or a satin midi skirt for something fancier.
White button-down top
Get an oversized or a boxy silhouette so you can use it as a lightweight jacket. Leaving a few buttons open will create a sexy, effortless vibe.
Whether it's a spaghetti strap top or camisole, this can serve as a great innerwear item.
A well-fitted blazer
Pair a blazer with trousers, jeans, shorts, or a skirt, and you've created a polished outfit!
A jean jacket is made of durable material so it will last you a long time. Plus, it's so easy to pair with any piece of clothing.
Dress in a neutral hue
Okay, LBDs are supreme, but Little White Dresses are great, too. You may also consider dresses in cream, beige, tan, and gray hues.
The wrap dress' shape cinches the waist and lengthens the silhouette, aka it looks good on any body type. Wear this with heels if you're going to an elegant event or put on sneakers if you're off to something more casual.
If you're conscious of your belly, wearing an A-line skirt will give you peace of mind. It "hides" your food baby, too!
Trousers in a dark neutral hue
Navy, espresso brown, or black are great dark hues that will make your outfit look extra posh.
Jeans that fit you perfectly
A classic wardrobe won't be complete without a good pair of jeans. We recommend that you get a style that looks great on your body. (READ: How to find the best jeans for your body type.)
Aside from denim pants, you need jean shorts for lazy, laidback days!
Stash all your daily essentials in a roomy bag made of a durable material like leather. Get one in a neutral hue so it can easily match all your outfits.
For the office, wear classic pump heels to elevate your outfit.
If you want to look sophisticated but you're into comfy shoes, invest in a good pair of ballet flats.
How modern classic outfit essentials?
Here's the fun part! Meet the elevated versions of classic wardrobe essentials. You don't need to buy these, but these are nice additions to your mix.
Feeling cozy? Grab a knitted cardigan!
Sheer white blouse
An upgrade of the white button-down blouse.
Wear this while lounging or underneath a sheer top or blazer and you've got a low-key sexy outfit. (INSPO: 15 Ultra-Chic Ways Heart Evangelista Wears A Bralette)
Bodysuits are the more polished versions of your basic tank tops. They've got buttons on the crotch so the silhouette looks smoother compared to when you're tucking in a top. Invest in a black, camel, or white color.
Black one-piece swimsuit
We swear by the versatility of black one-piece swimsuits. Aside from its original function as swimwear, you can wear this as a top, too!
Probably the uniform of 2020, this loungewear item has become a wardrobe staple! You can wear it with sneakers or heels.
Black leather pants
Meet the cooler sister of black trousers.
The thin straps lengthen the legs, plus these make your gams and feet look super sexy!
A tiny bag is nice to use on both casual and dressy occasions.
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.