There are some friends who just get you. You know the ones—they’ve known you forever. You can go weeks or months without seeing each other, but when you reunite you pick up again right where you left off. They’re those special relationships that fit you just right and always feel like home.
For me, finding a forever piece of clothing feels the same way. Forever items are the ones that stay in your wardrobe for years.
You may put it away for a month or a season, but you come
back to it again and again. And when you do, it always feels fresh, yet comforting and familiar.
So how do you find a forever item? Well, just like with people, you
don’t always know which items you’ll cherish forever.
But if you’re looking for pieces you’ll love for years here are a few
tips for what to look out for.
Just like you don’t have to force conversation with a good friend, you shouldn’t have to force clothing to fit your body.
A forever item should fit you comfortably.
If you buy an item that’s too snug or that highlights a part of your body that you’d rather not show off, you’re likely to outgrow it.
Look for items that have a flattering cut, especially one that will work with your body if you put on or lose a few pounds.
Often when we shop, we tend to get self critical and unforgiving of our shape. But the best items are the ones that are as sleekly cut as they are forgiving.
Life will bring changes and ups and downs, and your forever item should be flexible enough to grow with you.
The Liquid Leather Jacket is a perfect example. It’s cut to flatter your waist, and it fits close to the body.
But it’s not so tight that you have to squeeze yourself into it.
It’s flexible and ready to grow with you through the years.
A forever item can look like anything, but fabrics that feel good on your skin are a must! Like a good friend, forever items have to be comfortable.
If it bristles or itches, that’s a no! If it feels as soft as your favorite PJ set, that’s a yes!
If you’re on the fence about your comfort level ask yourself if you’d feel comfortable boarding an 8-hour flight in it.
Like a dear friend, your forever item should make you feel comfortable, even in close quarters.
It’s also important to look for items that are durable and easy to care for.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the luxurious feeling of silk.
But a high-maintenance fabric can wear and tear easily.
What you want is something you can wear again and again, so it needs to be strong and low-maintenance.