Every season has its classics, and classics are worth investing in. This spring, we’re dreaming about sleek sandals, sleek purse silhouettes, timeless timepieces, and workhorse wardrobe like utility jackets and chambray shirts. You might want to splurge on one of these categories, but not the other. No worries, we get it. This high/low mix makes it easy to indulge, no matter what your budget is.
A black sandal is the kind of shoe that you can wear anywhere, and with anything, once the weather gets warmer. If you’re looking to make a statement, splurge on the Valentino Garavani pyramid studded sandals with glam gold gladiator vibes. Saving up for something else? No worries! The Sam Edelman Valeri slides are minimalist, chic, and get the job done too.
I guess it’s the year of the chino, because I can’t stop wearing mine. You can dress them up or down, and the versatility means they’re a great piece to spend a little more money on. Frank & Eileen’s Wicklow chino is a favorite – plus it comes in so many colors. Gap’s Straight Up Khaki has the same casual but cool California vibe, for a lot less.
I’ve been coveting a new purse for a while, and the Prada Cleo bag checks all my boxes. It’s super-sleek, it’s the perfect in-between size, and the clean crisp white shade gives it a little something extra. If you feel like treating yourself, I can’t think of a better bag! If it’s too much of a commitment, you can get the look for less with this Mango baguette, down to the white color and fun hardware.
A watch is one of those things you wear so often, it becomes an extension of yourself. I love a metal watch for everyday, especially in a more-pared back sterling silver. It’s modern and utilitarian but still elegant, like this classic vintage Rolex model. Maybe you just want a low-stakes update or to switch up your watch vibe. No worries! The new Timex watches are absolutely stunning, and will set you back under $300.
The perfect transitional piece, a chambray shirt can do it all. Whether you’re layering it over a favorite t or wearing it underneath a spring jacket, this Frank & Eileen shirt has the brand’s famously great fit. When all else fails, you know you can rely on J.Crew. Their Chambray shirts look good tucked in, left out, worn in – you name it.
An army jacket is always in style, but certain details can certainly elevate it. Anine Bing’s version features a cropped fit and minimalist details for a smooth take on the favorite, but if you’re looking for something a little more everyday – Gap’s roomy version has plenty of pockets and flair.
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