Seasonal and era related trends tends to phase out after a fad stage, but certain classics will never look dated. Here are a few of my favourite classics:
1. A well tailored blazer
You can wear a blazer with just about anything - as long as it's not the bright yellow tartan one from Clueless! Princess Kate is a prime example, and her go to look is a blazer, striped tee and jeans. It's a piece you can take from day to night, and from the office to a party. The great thing about a blazer is, as long as it's more or less a neutral colour it's also trans-seasonal.
2. Healthy hair.
No matter the length, colour or style of your hair, if it's healthy it will make the world of difference to your overall image. I know it isn't possible to have L'oreal quality hair (mainly because it's photoshopped), but you can certainly tell the difference between someone who cares for their hair and someone who does not. Make sure to wash your hair every 2-3 days to avoid that gross, greasy look at your roots, and condition your tips every time you wash your hair. I deep condition whenever I have time - leaving my conditioner in for at least 10 minutes. If you colour treat or bleach your hair make sure to use serums and mousse to avoid that straw-like texture. Use heat (curling irons/ straighteners and blow dryers) as little as possible to avoid breakage and ALWAYS use a heat treatment serum before you apply heat. Go to the salon every 6-7 weeks to get those split ends trimmed. It sounds like a lot of work but it really isn't because most of this you can incorporate into your shower routine anyways.
3. A lip colour that suits your skin tone.
No, it doesn't have to be classic red- believe me red does not suit everyone. You need to find out what your skin undertone is, some people have a yellow undertone, some blue, green, or orange. I have a blue undertone, mainly because I'm so pale; this means I need to find colours with warm orange and red undertones to counteract the blue and flatter me. I can't wear red lipstick or anything too harsh, though because I am so pale it takes away from the rest of my face if I wear a neon pop. Often if you are pale softer colours will suit you and if you have an olive or chocolatey skin then darker colours flatter you better. This isn't a rule of thumb, but is often the case. Experimenting with different colours will help you find exactly what you're looking for.
4. A pair of plain, black stilettos that go with everything.
Something you can wear come rain or shine and is comfortable. Stick to a heel height you can actually walk in and something that is comfortable - if it is even slightly uncomfortable in the shop it will be unbearable by the end of an evening out. Black heels you can wear with just about anything - from jeans to prom dresses to jumpsuits, and they give your butt an instant boost while slimming your waist and legs.
5. A simple, yet striking watch.
Yes, I know most of us use our phones for the time these days, but a watch is still a classic and can tie an outfit together perfectly. Simplicity is the way to go, because then you are sure it will go with anything and everything. It makes you look put together and if you find a style that matches your personal clothing style, that's even better.
6. Jeans that make you look 10/10
We all need a good pair of jeans. They go with everything and you can dress them up or down. Never buy jeans that don't make your butt look good, seriously there is no point in buying jeans otherwise. They should flatter your body type and fit snug around your waist. Remember that denim stretches over time- so if you are between two sizes rather get the one that is just a little smaller (but not squeezing you so that your blood circulation to your legs is cut off!) because through washing and wearing they'll eventually get bigger.
Hope you all enjoyed this post.
Until next time
-The Traveling Oyster xx