Most style icons have basics in their wardrobes that stand the test of time. They wardrobe holds traditional blouses, well cut blazers, jeans and pants that are not too tight, and tasteful accessories such as gold earrings and beautiful bags. Wardrobes that are made of substance last a long way and never goes out of style. Classic pieces are always in style and can be worn for a very long time. A blazer from the 70's would fit in perfectly today and chances are no one would know its age. However, more trendy pieces do not last the test of time. That's why buying into too many trends is not a good idea. Don't you want your wardrobe to last for several years and even decades?
Trends are fun, but they don't always have a lot of substance. Buy into trends when they have a purpose, such as accenting classic pieces. Perhaps a sundress you have worn for years needs an extra pick-me-up. A bright clutch in a trendy color or print pairs with it perfectly well. These are the times to add the latest trends to your wardrobe, simply do not purchase too many of them. And don't forget, you can always borrow more trendy pieces from friends and family. I know many share clothing and accessories, it's the perfect solution for more trendy items. Are there any trends you have purchased that you tend to use more than you thought? Those are some of the best fashion finds! More substantive style does not follow trends and tends to last for a long time as mentioned above. Substantive style can be learned. Never listen to those people that tell you one must be born with style. That is not true. Good style can be learned. That's why so many glossy fashion magazines exist. Also don't forget that style changes over time. Personal style evolves.
Let's take a nice pair of gold earrings for example, they are always a classic. A lot of jewelry is passed down through generations and it stands the test of different eras. Much of this jewelry is as relevant now as it was in the 1920's. Why the pieces have such lasting power is because they are made with traditional materials and they don't follow a particular trend. It's lovely to have pieces in your wardrobe that will always be classics. Designer handbags play into this as well. Substantive style includes accessories and leather goods. I have many friends who own a vast array of luxurious designer handbags and they have carried them for years. They only buy a new handbag if they know they will carry it for many years to come. I've heard countless times that classic handbag silhouettes go with many outfits and take the owner from work to functions after such as a dinner or cocktail party. When growing your handbag collection, ask yourself if a new handbag has substantive style. If it does, then it's the perfect purchase.