Florals & Stripes

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Blazer – Smythe (in white, in black|| TopBoden || Skirt – Zara || Pumps – LK Bennett (similar: 1 / 2) || Bag – Chloé ‘Mini Drew’ (budget-friendly options: 1 / 2 / 3|| Sunglasses – Valentino (similar|| Nails – Nails Inc. x Victoria, Victoria Beckham in Bamboo White || Blowout – c/o George the Salon

Photos courtesy of blogger Heidi

I’d say 90% of my closet is filled with wardrobe classics. Conservative ball park.

If you’ve followed this blog for, say, oh more than a week or so than you’ve probably caught on to that. The truth is I’m way more likely to buy one piece I’ll wear for 10+ years than a bunch of inexpensive, trendy options I’ll ditch the next year.

Quality Over Quantity or Pauca Sed Bona, as the Romans would say!

While I was paying off my student loans after college, I didn’t have much of a budget for clothing. And I found that if I bought just a few classic pieces, my wardrobe expanded ten-fold more than if I’d bought dozens of cheaper, trendier items. And they lasted longer.

The classics are classics for a reason. They give you endless opportunities to remix and wear them, year after year after year.

This Smythe blazer is a great example of a classic I’ll depend on for years. It’s one of the first pieces I ever showcased on the blog and for good reason — it’s a beautifully tailored, time-honored silhouette with a surprisingly modern cut-out in the back peplum design. It’s timeless but in a way that’s not at all boring.

What are some of your wardrobe classics? What pieces do you expect to be wearing in 10+ years?

P.s. Many thanks to talented George the Salon stylist Michelle Frost for this stunning blowout! Their services are absolutely spectacular — so luxurious without any pretension.  Be sure to check out the salon and visit Michelle, she’s ridiculously talented!

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  • Natali

    Classics are a staple of every closet… They’re the “ground” to every outfit and the rest of the pieces which we’ll pull out of the closet are just the building bricks. I love a good classic piece over anything that’s “trendy”. Your skirt is absolutely amazing, the cut and print are perfect!

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  • I was just about to comment on that glorious bustle back of your blazer. What an unexpected accent point. It completely upped the ante for me 🙂

  • Zara has a beautiful black version with spring florals this season too! It’s very similar and looks gorgeous. I’ve worn mine a bunch — it’s shockingly versatile!

  • This skirt is so so pretty! I love it, and how you mix it with the stripes! Great styling dear. Hope you have a great weekend ahead!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  • That skirt is so beautiful! Love the color combo. xo Pam

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  • I love this look, maroon and navy look so good together! Very elegant and classy and of course that skirt is beautiful!

    Sally – DiagonSally

  • This look is beautiful Ash! Totally agree about classics, it’s kind of my style too.
    I have my eyes on that Chloe bag and a classic Burberry trench 🙂
    Even though I love the idea of Pauca Sed Bona I find it so hard to save money just to buy one piece, you know what I mean? I guess I should just start now and see the results of a fab closet in a few years! 🙂
    Loved this post!
    XO
    Aimara
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  • That is a very cute skirt!! 🙂

    And I love the shoes.. they’re perfect for these kind of sweet and pretty outfits! 🙂

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  • I adore this skirt, the outfit is so pretty. I am a big fan of Zara!

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday

    jess xx

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