Versatility should be the goal of any smart wardrobe, meaning you can wear any one piece several ways. When it comes to investing in certain items, it’s important to choose pieces that fit well and can be worn often.
I live in a state where we experience all four seasons, and there are a certain number of items that stay in my closet all year round. I call them my four season classics because they can be styled differently each season and compliment the rest of my wardrobe. When building a smart wardrobe, these key players can maximize the number of outfits you put together and save you time and money. You’ll notice my picks are mainly neutral colors, so keep in mind you can bring in the colors or each season to compliment each item.
Navy Blazer: Nothing is more classic than a good, navy blazer. Pair it with white denim in the summer, or boots and a scarf in the colder months.
Light Blue Oxford Cloth Button Down: If I had to wear one item everyday for the rest of my life, it would be this. I even have two because I wear them so often. The texture and color is perfect for layering, or worn alone for an understated look. Treat it like a pair of jeans, meaning it will compliment any color you wear it with.
Cable Knit Sweater: Either a gray or white cable knit can be worn alone on summer nights, or layered in the colder months. It’s a timeless item that will never go out of style.
Gingham Button Down: A fun print, you’ll see this worn with nantucket red in the summer or olive greens in the fall. You can really play up any solid color with it, which makes it versatile enough to be worn year-round.
Jeans: A good pair of medium to dark denim will serve you well, no further explanation needed.
Olive Green Pants: The fall and winter possibilities are obvious, but I think this pant color can be worn in the spring and summer as well. For spring – a soft pink compliments the green, and in the summer – a white tee looks fresh.
Khaki: A classic pant that goes with anything you’d like to wear (except for more khaki or you’ll end up looking like a zoo keeper).
Chambray Dress: Effortlessly wear alone when it’s warm out, or layer under or over it when it’s cold.
Baseball Cap: A good baseball cap can be in rotation all year round as it polishes off an outfit or conceals a bad hair day. This one from Harding Lane is so fun!
Ballet Flats: The one piece of footwear I could think of to wear seamless all year round would be a pair of nude or leather ballet flats.
Leather Purse: Both classic in color, shape, and style, a leather purse can transition well from season to season.
Metallic or Leather Watch: I love wearing watches, and most can be worn all year round. Fossil is my favorite kind!
What items do you keep in your closet all year round?
MichaelaMarch 3, 2015 at 12:17 pm (8 years ago)
These pieces are all so timeless! Great post!
Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner
thedressdecodedMarch 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm (8 years ago)
Thank you! 🙂
Katherine WillistonMarch 3, 2015 at 6:16 pm (8 years ago)
I was relieved to see I own almost all these items! I enjoyed this post and it’s made me rethink what I can transition! One think I will definitely transition is my navy boyfriend cardigan!
thedressdecodedMarch 3, 2015 at 7:28 pm (8 years ago)
Love it! I bet you are a classy lady!:)