8 Pieces Every 20-Something Should Own At Least Once
Shopping in your twenties can be a balancing act; transferring your savings into your debit account and back again, all while you ignore the fact that you won’t be eating dinner tonight.
Despite how stressful this may be, it's also the best time to learn about your style. In your teens you went through a new phase every season, but now it’s time to find what makes your style unique. Of course, this will inevitably involve a lot of trial and error, however, fret not, there are a select few items of clothing that you must own in your 20s - a kind of fashion rite of passage.
THE COCKTAIL DRESS
Cocktail dresses can be a funny thing; on one hand, buying a new one for every event is the dream (and hard to resist), but most times, you’ll only wear it once and the chances of it becoming a regretful buy are high. That’s why investing in a classic midi dress in your 20s will not only save you money, but also give you freedom to experiment with accessories. Plus, it’s important to remember that a no-fuss silhouette in neutral colours or timeless patterns will always win out over that sequinned dress with cutouts you wore once.
Because sometimes you need to run for a bus, and as cute as the idea of running in stilettos a la Carrie Bradshaw is, life's too busy to be stuck in heels.
THE WHITE TEE
Rock chick, girly, romantic, sporty, minimalist and chic - just a short list of aesthetics that rely on the white T-shirt to complete the look. Of course, you’ve probably owned this your whole life, but in your 20s your staple shouldn’t be an itchy shirt you found on sale. Choose a soft, high quality and perfectly cut item that will last and make everything you pair with it look expensive; the white T-shirt has definite powers.
POWER BLAZER AND SKIRT
The absolute key to all your success is simply, the famous blazer and skirt duo (it'll essentially win you all those promotions). Okay, so that’s a tiny bit hyperbolic - but as the saying goes: "fake it till you make it" - and this ensemble is the answer. It doesn’t have to be boring - think of Dior's effortlessly chic blazer/skirt combos. The true magic of this look is you instantly seem like you have your shit together - which you won’t - but if you do, please share your secrets.
If by the end of your 20s you haven’t bought an LBD, you’ve been doing it wrong – not just your 20s, but life. There’s a reason it’s so iconic; it’s legit timeless, easy and a total savior on those days when you’re too tired to put together an outfit.
THE STATEMENT PIECE
Potentially the biggest splurge on the list. Your statement piece is a little dramatic, fancy and (realistically) often exxy, but you only need one to add something extra to your wardrobe. Consider it a wild card - it can be anything you like and probably the most exciting thing you own, so choose wisely because these babies only come around so often.
CRISP WHITE SHIRT
The white shirt can go from professional to fashionable instantly - it’s all a matter of styling. This classic makes you feel like you can handle any situation, kind of like your own superhero cape straight from Milan.
In your 20s it is scientifically proven 90% of your skirts will graze your mid thigh or a shorter. Of course this is one of the few times in life you wont have to debate if you’re ‘too old’ for certain lengths - so feel free to tread that tricky line between short and potentially risky. But don’t forget the freedom of the midi skirt, an alternative that you can wear to more places, more events and with more playful tops than its smaller sisters.
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Words: Faye Couros