4 Essentials for a Classic Wardrobe

Fashion lessons from Kate Hudson (yes, really!), Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld and DVF.


As a wannabe fashion designer, I’m pinning my future career on these words from style icon and eight-time Oscar winner for costume design Edith Head: “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” Agreed, Edith.

Your wardrobe may be ready for an impromptu trip to St. Tropez or Aspen. But it’s not really a wardrobe until you have everyday pieces that, every once in a while, make you feel like you’re a movie star on vacation. Find staples and classics that you love and that flatter. Buy them in a few colors or just buy a backup or two. It gives your style a signature that people will remember. (It also makes getting dressed for brunch while hungover on a Sunday morning a little easier.)

Build yourself a classic wardrobe with these timeless pieces made famous by the following four fashion demigods:

Diane Von Furstenberg

4 Essentials for a Classic Wardrobe

4 Essentials for a Classic WardrobeLet’s not pull punches. Diane’s legendary wrap dresses have been flattering our less-than-taut tummies since 1974. They are still incredibly forgiving to almost every shape with a deep, wide V neckline that flatters any bustline. Diane taught us that an hourglass shape isn’t necessarily a genetic blessing but an easily cared for jersey knit and a cinched waist.

“Feel like a woman; Wear a dress.” – Diane Von Furstenberg

If you can’t afford Diane’s classic prints and luxe fabrics, look for a wrap dress that feels great to the touch; that’s a good indication that it will look like and make you feel like a million bucks when you put it on. For those of you who are on the more modest side (or plan on wearing it to work), you might want to stitch on a snap or mini hook to keep the front together and the cleavage minimal.

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Sarah enlightens us on a daily basis with the newest trends as (and often before) they transpire. She is the consummate globe trotter. Having traveled to over 70 countries, she earns her living writing, blogging ( and modeling while on the road. In her spare time she gets manicures, suntans on yachts in Greece, shops for even more shoes, and lives in the limelight. She loves photography, elephants, sailboats, bangles and ballet flats.

Reader Discussion: 22 Comments

  1. Avatar of Meghan Ryan

    Meghan Ryan

    I have an LBD for all occasions. Well for one, it hides my fat and accentuates my curves. And I just look soo good on it.

  2. Avatar of Nina Smith

    Nina Smith

    Chanel is one of my faves. Such elegant timeless designs. fit for all fancy occasions.

  3. Avatar of Brett Lee

    Brett Lee

    This is what women should have in their closets. Never goes out of style

  4. Avatar of Eloise Ferris

    Eloise Ferris

    You can never go wrong in this list! You can just mix-and-match and you’re all set!

  5. Avatar of Genie Mackenzie

    Genie Mackenzie

    This is what I call true fashion that NEVER really fades! btw, I’m a Coco Chanel fan ❤

  6. Avatar of April Henry

    April Henry

    Wearing this type of clothes is effortlessly classy. It makes women look more proffesional

  7. Avatar of Lana Wiliam

    Lana Wiliam

    I’d like to have these clothes like these!!

  8. Avatar of Alena Martin

    Kate Hudson my fashion icon! I love her so much!!

  9. Avatar of Isabela Quagliato

    I love Coco’s saying, “Fashion fades; only style remains the same.” ?

  10. Avatar of Jurik Smith

    Jurik Smith

    It doesn’t necessarily to have that specific brand in your clothes. You can have the same style by the Thrift Shop. It’s how you wear THE CLOTHES is what matters.

    • Avatar of Caroline Soloviev

      Caroline Soloviev

      Exactly. The style is not about price, and people are throwing so much amazing clothes.. whyy!!!?

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