3 Must-Have Items for Any Fashionista

Fashion is an ever moving, ever changing expression of style and freedom, and yet there are some items that will always be in vogue. These are the stalwarts of every wardrobe, there waiting and ready for every occasion, always fashionable, always beautiful: the watch, the little black dress and the right pair of jeans.

If you are a fashionista on a budget and you are trying to keep your wardrobe limited to just a few items, then step this way for 3 absolute must-haves.

The Right Watch (or 2… or 3…)
The watch is always going to be in fashion. We know this because even after a good ten years of smartphones, most people are still glancing at their watches for the time. This is excellent news because the humble watch can be made so beautifully and so elegantly as to be a piece of jewelry in its own right.

Take Michael Kors watches, for example. Each one is well-crafted and might go with anything in your wardrobe for the perfect sophisticated look. Team your watch with statement rings, simple bracelets or go completely bare: whatever you choose, your watch is sure to be complimented.

The Little Black Dress
The little black dress has always been a fashion go-to since Chanel decided to wear a colour that was really a colour. But since Coco’s rebellion, the little black dress has gone from wardrobe staple to Hollywood statement as female celebrities including Emma Watson, Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams recently used their black dresses to bring attention to sexual harassment.

It is rare that an item of clothing can have such an impact and it’s certainly a good cause to get behind. So now, when you wear your black dress, don’t just throw it on and hope for the best, hold your head up high and channel these powerful ladies as you step out. 

The Perfect Jeans
Like the little black dress, jeans have almost never been out of fashion, though plenty of styles have come and gone over the years. The best thing about 2018 is that designers and stores from high street to high fashion are recognising that women come in all different shapes and sizes so there are plenty of gorgeous pairs to choose from.

The key to buying jeans is to find some that are comfy and will happily take you from morning to night with a few small changes. So slim dark jeans are a great example of a pair that can be dressed down with a t-shirt or a plaid shirt with flat shoes or boots but can also be dressed up with high pointy heels and a silk top. These Frame Denim Le Garcon jeans are my personal favorites and I own several pairs in different washes.

Having a wardrobe kitted out with these essentials will make dressing so much easier and more affordable. These standbys can make any outfit and form the foundation of all kinds of different looks. However you feel, whatever mood you’re, the watch, the little black dress and the right pair of jeans can do all the hard work for you.

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Blackswan said...

Very informative post, dear! A watch is a must for me. xoxo

Ivana Split said...

I do agree that these 3 items are essential. A nice watch is can be a perfect addition to any look, besides we spend enough time staring at screens, we might as well glance at a watch when we want to know what time it is. Today there are so many styles available, one to go with any look...and there is no doubt that a nice watch can be a beautiful accessory.

As far as LBD, I couldn't agree more. There is nothing more timeless than LBD.

A comfy pair of jeans is a must. I have a few favourite ones in my closet. When it comes to jeans, I prefer high waist ones...and I will usually go for a flare cut. To me a flare cut just seems so flattering-and it looks great worn with pointy shoes.

Lilli said...

Morning Rowena! I do totally agree with you, those items are true must-have and cant miss in a fashionista's wardrobe. You know, I used to wear watches a lot but nowaways less, you remember to recharge their batteries and wear them! Happy Monday dear! xo

Unknown said...

All these pieces are timeless and so chic! I love them all!


Emmylou said...

These three pieces are really key, Rowena, although I must admit that I only have one watch which is a Swatch from aeons ago and I don't think was ever really in style but I do love it:D
Happy Monday, chingu!

Gabrielle said...

Completely agree with all three of your suggestions! I could happily live in jeans by day and little black dresses by night, haha :) Have a fabulous week!

Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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Shireen L. Platt said...

Yes to the perfect jeans and LBD. I used to wear a watch whenever I go out but ever since I got a FitBit, it's been pretty much the only thing I wear all day long.

Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

Kasztanowy Domek said...

Lovely post! Great items!
Happy new week!


Oh to Be a Muse said...

I hope people are wearing watches again. I have 2 DW watches that I adore. I wear my black one all the time and bring out the rose gold one for special occasions. I love wearing a watch!


Sarah said...


Oh, amazing !

Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.fr

ALLIE NYC said...

Oh yes! All three of these are must haves. I have a great watch but need to get a new band for it which I keep forgetting to do, it has been well over a year! Ugh.


Jackie Harrison said...

Black little dress always a must

Gingi said...

Ugh, I feel lame that I only 2 out of the 3!!! - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Chelsey said...

Agreed! It’s amazing how much of a difference great quality must haves makes.

Rebeca Muñoz López said...

Very true dear, there are items that never go out of style and will always be there to get us out of trouble, as the stripes tee you show in first photo!

Jenny said...

Yes to a great watch! I have a couple Michael Kors watches myself and they really have some beautiful timeless designs, plus they're relatively affordable!

Jenny | Geeky Posh

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Midnight Cowgirl said...

I'm still looking for my perfect jeans... Sigh.

The Bikini Fashionista said...

yes the lbd is essential!

sonia // daring coco said...

Great tips and completely agree with all 3. Jeans are a staple for me and it's taken me a while to find a brand that is the perfect fit. But I am so glad I found them


ann-marie said...

These are all timeless pieces and I very much agree with you. All perfect essentials! x

Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com/

Debbie P said...

Thanks for the tips because I'm a bit clueless.

A Very Sweet Blog said...

I've got the jeans and the black dress Rowena. I am loving the arm and ring candy! That is what I need to work on. ACCESSORIES! A watch and beautiful bracelets can be so pretty together. Love simple rings.