Eve Thomas on the importance of wardrobe staples

There should be two sides to every wardrobe: statement pieces and wardrobe essentials that are versatile and can be styled in many different ways.

  • Summary

The best way to create an outfit is to select your statement piece and dress around it with your wardrobe staples. It’s just as important to invest in these pieces as it is to splurge on that extraordinary item, particularly as you’ll get the most wear out of them.

Ensure you purchase essentials in beautiful colors. Neutral colors equal longevity, but if you’re looking for ways to inject life into your wardrobe, opt for trend-led hues. This season it’s all about cobalt blues and emerald greens.

Good quality fabrics and garment fit are other important considerations. The cut has to be just right – you’ll want these pieces to stand the test of time!

It’s hard to find the right essentials, so at THE OUTNET we decided to create our own collection called Iris & Ink which features pieces we all need in our wardrobe. Our customers are constantly asking for advice about how to wear the stunning iconic designer pieces they find on our website. Now for every exceptional designer piece, you can find an essential pairing and endless mix-and-match possibilities with silk tees, cashmere knits and sleekly tailored pants.

Here is how I’ve styled some of my favourite statement pieces from THE OUTNET.

Team a statement skirt with a soft silk blouse. Add bold jewelry – nothing updates an outfit more quickly than a signature Marni necklace!

Iris & Ink pussybow blouse, THEOUTNET.COM

Lanvin pleated metallic tweed skirt, THEOUTNET.COM

Marni acetate and horn necklace, THEOUTNET.COM

Style textured or printed pants with a cashmere crew neck sweater in tones such as gray, stone or heather. A neutral palette is a softer alternative to black and works just as well.

Iris & Ink cashmere sweater, THEOUTNET.COM

Diane von Furstenberg jacquard pants, THEOUTNET.COM

A trophy jacket in lace or sequins feels most relevant right now. Pair with a simple dress such as an LBD for cocktail glam, or style with a silk tee and cropped pants for daytime chic.

Dolce & Gabbana embellished tweed jacket, THEOUTNET.COM

Lanvin bubble-skirt crepe dress, THEOUTNET.COM

Iris & Ink silk shell top, THEOUTNET.COM

Iris & Ink crepe pants, THEOUTNET.COM

I hope I've provided you with some wardrobe solutions.


Published by Eve Thomas, on October 15 2012, 15:42 ( Contact)


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