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Classic Chic Gifts- The 5 Best Style Essentials to Fashion Up Her Wardrobe
Confession: I’m not a crazy gift kind of girl. But WE all need some of these MUST-HAVE pieces in our wardrobe.
Don’t get me wrong, nothing beats the surprise of a gift.
But what about all those weird things that some poor soul went out on a limb finding because "you would never get it yourself," like a ridiculous pair of fuchsia chacha slippers because they look so hot in the store!
Listen up, you do not want to burden the recipient with ideas about how to get rid of your wacky gift when you can give something classic and chic that endures.
No wardrobe cannot be without some solid, go-to items that live on longer than the season itself. Everyone needs is a collection of classic pieces to live in…. with a few fantastic items to tzuj them up, of course! Somewhere between a little French Chic elan and a lot of classic style with a twist. How you style them up, is entirely up to you but these better than basics offer tons of fashion opportunity.
TOP FIVE STYLE ESSENTIALS GIFT GUIDE (GIFT YOURSELF TOO WHILE YOU ARE AT IT)
Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE SPF15Pure Colour Satiny Radiance 1 Le Rouge at Sephora.com
No one can go wrong with some red lips that suit your skin tone, like Sienna Miller pictured above.
Pictured: Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE SPF15 Pure Colour Satiny Radiance 1 Le Rouge at Sephora.com
Sephora Collection Colorful Artist Lipstick Palette- Limited Edition
Not sure of the right shade of red? Everyone loves a palette to mix and match from better than natural nides to bold red. Pictured: Sephora Collection Colorful Artist Lipstick Palette– Limited Edition at Sephora.com
JNBY Drape Turtleneck Tunic Sweater from Shopbop.com
You’ll live in one of these and they are perfect for travelling! Make sure the turtleneck has a slim fit in the upper sleeve and across your bustline so it doesn’t drown you. Wear the tunic over leggings (with and without a belt), over skinny dark jeans, on it’s own with heavy tights and lug sole boots, over some lighter layers or as a foil under a furry vest or a very French black leather jacket. Pictured: JBNY- Drape Turtleneck Tunic Sweater from Shopbop.com
SLIM-FITTING BETTER THAN BASIC CASHMERE TURTLENECK
Vince Ribbed Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater at Shopbop.com
It may seem like a no-brainer but EVERY wardrobe needs a form-fitting turtleneck sweater in black or deepest charcoal sweater and cashmere makes it even better! It is the glue to just about every piece in your wardrobe. Pair it over a loud or crazy skirt and it looks clean and right. Layer it under a wild and wooly vest. Wear it with jeans or a black leather pencil skirt. Ribbed for a sportier feel, flat cashmere with a drapey turtleneck for dressier feel you just cannot go wrong. Pictured: Vince Ribbed Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater at Shopbop.com
YARNZ Big Floral Cashmere Scarf at Shopbop.com
A lightweight, drapey scarf in a shade that acts like lipstick on an otherwise bare face is an instant style picker-upper… and there’s no guessing what size to gift when if comes to a cashmere scarf, the bigger the better! Pictured: YARNZ Big Floral Cashmere Scarf at Shopbop.com
Classic Heremes scarf
A classic silk scarf with some weight to it so you can drape it perfectly around your neck (think of it instead of jewelry), waist, head, wrist, or wear as a tie. Here’s my video on How To Tie A Scarf. Pictured: Hermes Dark Navy Gold & White Dies et Hore Silk Scarf from Potero.com
Vince Striped V-Neck Sweater at Saks.com
A stripe sweater may be terribly on trend at the moment but it is a classic style that always works and appears timeless. A slightly longer style that just overs your tush and still has a slim rather than boxy cut is the most slimming. Pictured: Vince Striped V-Neck Sweater at Saks.com
Nissa Jewelry Layers Bracelet
A bold bracelet that’s classic yet slightly edgy has boundless styling opportunities to wear every day. Combine metals and the possibilities are truely endless. Wear it everyday with a T-shirt, simple sweater, silk blouse, menswear jacket, keep it simple or make it unexpected. This piece of jewelry will get worn. Pictured: Nissa Jewelry Layers Bracelet in mixed metals at Shopbop.com