October 31, 2011

The Ram Runway: Styling Up Classic Investment Pieces

All fashionistas know that investing in a few classic pieces will be beneficial and be of great use for years and years to come. Pieces like these can usually be worn with a variety of outfits and are made of durable, luxe fabrics but usually cost more than we want to (or can) spend. However, we invest in these pieces because we know they are worth it. We know the name, the history, and the legacy behind the brand and sometimes, the specific item. We know that we will have these pieces a long time, maybe even forever, and that we will actually wear them... a lot.

Some key investments that pop to my mind off the bat include trench coats, a classic boot, a structured handbag, a black blazer, a LBD or black pencil skirt, a white button-up shirt and a great pair of pumps. These are pieces that I think should be included in all wardrobes, not only because they are “classics,” but because they are guaranteed to be worn. Investing in items like these are worth the money spent, because they will last forever.

This week, I spotted a girl on campus who was playing up her “classics” with more trendy of-the-season fall pieces. Her amazing black Barbour jacket, which she told me "she wears to death," tied her entire ensemble together. Not only do you immediately notice the Barbour name on her breast pocket, but the jacket, with its deep hue and accenting gold buttons and zippers, is truly a coveted piece. Worn mostly in the fall and winter, this Barbour can be worn with practically anything, and the fun plaid interior is an unexpected touch.

Frye has become a brand that most people, especially Fordham students, recognize and know for the brand's sturdy and trendy, yet classic boots. This pair, a classic style and color, was made trendy with the embellished buckles around the ankle. A timeless pair of boots that will last forever, as well as keep you stylish and warm when trekking through the rain and snow on campus, is crucial.

Frye and Barbour offer a huge variety of jackets, boots and much more at steep but worthy prices, that truly are worth investing in. I love how these “classics” were played up with a neutral-toned knit sweater; a hugely popular item this fall both on and off the runway. This one was purchased at a small boutique, but if you are looking for a sweater to invest in, which I highly suggest, both DVF and Vince offer similar versions. Also, the beaded wrap bracelet, this one from Club Monaco, is a faux version of the ones made famous by Chan Luu.

College students are always on a tight budget, believe me I know, but starting to invest in classic closet staples now is a smart idea. Trust me, building up your collection of these timeless pieces will be beneficial and completely worth it over time.

Alex Casolaro is currently a sophomore at Fordham University and is a Communications and Media Studies major. Alex is completely enticed with the fashion world and living in New York City has only inspired her more to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She is greatly influenced by photographing and documenting street style and keeping tabs on the happenings of the fashion industry locally and globally. Check out some of her posts at fordhamffp.blogspot.com. 

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