By Millissa Mathai on 07 Apr 2013 | No Comments

As a fashion editor I see trends come and go at the  blink of an eye. I’ve come to understand that trends work best when paired with classic fashion pieces. The key to great style is to look put together while incorporating a few up to the minute trends to keep your look fresh.

Here are ten must have fashion items that will give your wardrobe a great foundation on which you can build upon.

#1 The Little Black Dress (LBD)

A little black dress is elegant and extremely versatile. It can be worn everywhere for any occasion It can be dressed up with jewelry and great high heels or dressed down when paired with flats and a denim jacket. Spend as much as you can on your LBD, as it is your fashion staple. My favorite its Net-A-Porter’s Herve Leger collection.

#2 The Trench Coat
When I think of the trench coat I think of Audrey Hepburn in Paris during spring. The trench will take you from season to season and is a great go-to coat for rainy days. Invest in a trench by Burberry, as they are the originators of the trench and have perfected the silhouette and details of the trench coat from stitch to seam.

#3 The Cashmere Sweater
Cashmere sweaters are always in style and feel sumptuous against skin. Whether you opt for a cashmere turtleneck or a cashmere cardigan you will be cozy while staying chic.

#4 Diamond Studs
It’s hard to find jewelry to match each of your outfits; therefore diamond studs are the perfect accompaniment to any outfit since they will go with everything. They are also perfect for work or play.

#5 Men’s Style Watch
A men’s style watch is one of those accessories that will elevate any outfit. Many designer watch companies make men’s style watches for women and they have just the right blend of masculine and feminine touches.

#6 White Button Down Shirt
A white button down shirt looks just as fabulous with jeans as it does when paired with a fitted black pencil skirt. Ralph Lauren has mastered the white shirt and also offers customers different variations on this trusted classic.

#7 Black Pumps
Black pumps with a moderate heel height are the perfect everyday heels that can take you anywhere, literally. Look for styles in pure Italian leather, as they will last much longer. Also make sure to have your soles and heels replaced as soon as you notice any wear and tear to preserve your heels. Make sure to have at least one pair by Christian Louboutin the master of this shoe style.

#8 Chain-link Handbag
Chain-link handbags exude glamour and richness. They are extremely ladylike and can make any outfit instantly classy. The Chanel 2.55 bag is probably the most coveted and popular chain-link handbag. Lanvin also features great chain-link styles in their handbag collection.

#9 Oversized Sunglasses
Sunglasses, especially oversized sunglasses should be in every fashionista’s arsenal. They are a perfect way to instantly look and feel chic especially on those days when you don’t have the time or energy to do your makeup. Dior has some of the best oversized sunglasses as does Gucci. Word of caution, oversized does no mean bug-like. Make sure to ask for assistance form a sales person when shopping for sunglasses for the perfect style and size for your face shape.

#10 Fitted Blazer
A great blazer is a great way to dress up any outfit and make it look put together in a flash. Black is the best option when it comes to blazers for versatility. Look for luxurious fabrics like velvet and satin can add a dose of glamour for night.

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