Please don’t allow the title of this article fool you- classic fashion can most certainly be cool, and cool fashion can be so cool that it becomes classic. But when choosing certain items, namely accessories, we tend to go for those that are either classic- Hermes ties, silver cufflinks, black leather bags- or cool- rusty Santa Fe rings, cloth Mexican print bags, or bright coloured scarves.
A benefit of cool is that few people will have it. This is especially true if you bought the item on the beach or in a one-of-a-kind shop. While a benefit of classic is that it will always be in style. Moreover, people tend to spend more money on classic items, and therefore they tend to last longer.
Here’s a short list of classic and cool items every man and woman should own.
1. Classic for him: A navy blue sports jacket. Navy is a very handsome and sophisticated colour. It goes with everything and is almost always in season (although better suited for colder weather). The beauty of a navy sports jacket is its versatility. It can be paired with blue jeans, black jeans, khakis, corduroys, or even suit trousers.
Classic for her: The little black dress. Every woman needs a little black dress in her closet. It is the go-to outfit for a job interview, a Christmas party, or a nice dinner and night out with friends. LBD’s can be sexy or professional, owning one of each is therefore ideal.
2. Cool for him: colourful high tops. The options of cool mens kicks are endless. From purple and green, to graffiti Converse, there is no limit to how cool a guys feet can look. Fun sneakers are a great way to splash out and let the world know that you’re bold and not afraid to look street.
Cool for her: An original cloth bag from somewhere like Bali or Mexico is the perfect accessory for a boho, summer look. These tend to be inexpensive accessories that will have all your friends ooing and aaing and wishing they had one for themselves.
3. Classic for him: Silver cufflinks. There are few more versatile accessories for men than a nice pair of silver cufflinks. For a more personal gift, try engraving them with the recipients initials. Silver cufflinks are great with suits at work or a dress shirt and jeans on a Sunday afternoon.
Classic for her: A big black leather bag. Every woman needs a big bag to lug all of her things around in. If you’re going to go big, you need to go black, and should really go leather as well.
4. Cool for him: beads. A lot of men don’t like to wear jewellery, let alone hippy jewellery. But nice, small wooden beads worn around the neck can be very cool. And they even look good when paired with other types of chains.
Cool for her: A Fedora hat. Fedora hats are in style one minute and out the next, it’s too hard to keep up. Why they ever go out is beyond me. They are very cool and ideal with a pair jeans and a tshit, or a summer maxi dress.