How many times do you look back at old photos and cringe at your choice of attire? Something you thought was SO cool and “in” at the time often ends up looking more and more silly as the years go by. Although I love fashion and am all about embracing my favorite trends, I try to mostly fill my closet with basics, as well as classic pieces that won’t look dated five years from now. This lace top is one of my favorites, and it has stood the test of time — I bought it over seven years ago! I love it because it is such an understated piece and, with the simple and fitted silhouette and basic color, it will never go out of style. Plus, the delicate lace work is truly exquisite and makes it feel really special. It also doesn’t hurt that it is probably the best deal on clothing I’ve ever gotten! It’s Ralph Lauren Black Label and was originally priced at multiple hundreds of dollars. I got it during Tootsie’s huge winter sale, and I think I paid about $70. That almost qualifies as a Black Friday doorbuster, no?!
I have worn this top with everything from jeans to high-waisted trousers, but this beautiful weather has me thinking skirts. For the first time in months, I skipped the black tights, but I’m still chilled enough to want something on my legs. Over-the-knee boots are the perfect solution. Although I questioned the over-the-knee style several years back when we first started seeing it, this is definitely a look that is here to stay. I have already worn this pair for about two years, and I can foresee them getting a lot more wear for years to come. These are the classic Stuart Weitzman 5050 style, which is easily the most favorite and comfortable pair of boots I’ve ever worn. Luckily, the popularity of over-the-knee boots has continued to rise, and there are so many great options available now to fit every budget.
Investment handbags are always a great topic of discussion. If you are going to part with such a significant amount of money, you want to make sure you are getting something that is well made, versatile, and timeless. Of course, there are so very many bags that fall into this category, and you can never go wrong with black. My sweet husband gifted me with this Chanel flap bag for my birthday a few years back, and it has proven to be my most favorite birthday gift ever. Not to mention the fact that it is probably my only possession that has retained its value through the years! Although it is not the classic quilted flap bag, it certainly echos that style with both the size and shape, as well as the chain strap. The caviar leather is a little sturdier than the softer lambskin, which makes it a safer bet for moms like me. There are so many great bags that are similarly designed, and I think this classic style is a wonderful investment. Stay tuned for more of my favorite classic pieces!
Lace top: Ralph Lauren Black Label, old (here and here for similar) | Skirt: J. Crew, sold out (J. Crew Factory version here and similar here) | Boots: Stuart Weitzman (less expensive option here) | Bag: Chanel (less expensive option here and here) | Earrings: Anthropologie | Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarer | Nail Polish: Essie Chinchilly