You know the one. That one dress or outfit combo you have had for years. It’s there for you when you don’t have the energy or strength to be creative or daring, it just works. Accentuating your best features, you receive compliment after compliment anywhere you go. You can always rely on it to make you feel comfortable and stylish even when you’re not feeling your best.
Trends and new styles have their place in the fashion world, it’s fun, creative, and playful to try different things at different seasons of the year and through your life. But then, there are those other times… when you are overwhelmed and stressed in keeping up with the latest trends while fulfilling the other roles you have in your life from mother, wife to professional and business owner. Even if you have a natural love and passion for fashion keeping up with changing trends can end up adding extra stress, especially when you are used to looking and feeling great in what you wear and how you express yourself.
Timeless Fashion vs Fast Fashion
Fast fashion, cheap low-quality garments that are massed produced at a rate that is unethical and unsustainable, usually, not fitting your frame or body in a way that is flattering. The material may feel uncomfortable and within a few washes it loses its shape, leaving you feeling dull and outdate within month or even weeks. Fast fashion has sped up the rate at which trends come and go often causing clothes to be thrown out or given away with each changing trend. This pace effects consumers, the planet, and the underpaid and often exploited workers who are working tirelessly to produce clothes at such a fast rate.
So, what can you do as a consumer?
Supporting Australian designed boutique fashion labels that produce high-quality, well-fitting garments for your shape and size that withstand the test of time. This guarantees you are investing in a product that is designed and crafted to a high standard that will work for you time and time again. An outfit that appreciates who you are and how you want to show up in the world.
A timeless outfit will out-do any trend
Have you ever seen a woman in her older years looking as great as she would have 40 years ago? Probably still wearing the same clothes and totally pulling it off. This is the concept of timeless fashion. It is an outfit or piece of clothing that is ageless, suits your body type and is generally classic in design. They are the base of any wardrobe, easily mixed and matched with passing trends or can remain classic and sleek on their own overtime. Having a collection of timeless items in your wardrobe gives you something to rely on that feels comfortable and stylish regardless of the current fashion trend in rotation.
If you are realising your wardrobe is lacking crucial timeless items Matea Designs has saved you the trouble and picked out their favourite top 10 timeless pieces to add to your wardrobe.
Our Top 10 Classic Timeless Dress, Top & Pant Outfit Picks
1. AVA Light Blue Denim 3/4 Sleeve Blazer
Our #1 pick is the Australian designed AVA light blue denim blazer. It’s classic cut, tailored fit and fully lined body ticks all the boxes for a timeless piece. The light blue denim and gold button hardware adds class and elegance giving any outfit a unique look. Easily matched with a T-shirt and shorts for a casual occasion or paired with a midi dress and tailored pants if you need something for that special occasion any time of the year.
2. AINE Khaki Sleeveless Bodycon Midi Dress
The sleeveless bodycon midi dress is a simple and classic design that never goes out of style. With the elegant gold buckle detailing and neutral khaki colour this item can remain in your wardrobe for years to come without becoming outdated. Suited for a petite woman’ s body, this bodycon slim fit dress can be paired with a blazer during the cooler months, or on its own for spring and summer. The sleeveless design and stretch fabric making it breathable and ultra- comfortable for when things heat up. Having this bodycon dress in your wardrobe will put you at ease knowing you have this timeless piece ready and waiting for any occasion. We have now also made this dress available up to size XL, as it does have a lot of stretch it's great for a curvier body shape as well.
3. Zaria White High Waisted Wide Leg Classic Pleated Pants
The Matea Designs Zaria white high waisted wide leg pants are a must have for a timeless wardrobe. The high and fitted waist with tie up belt detailing, flatter and accentuate the waistline with elegance and style. The tailored wide leg and relaxed fit making this piece so comfortable you will want to pick it out for every day or night-time event. The white colour and pleating detailing at the front create an everlasting look, easily accessorised with multiple top and jacket options worn with flats or heels.
Perfectly matched with our #3 pick the CHEESA long sleeve knit crop top is a perfect addition to lay the foundation of a timeless wardrobe, it's simple style and neutral colour make it easily paired with unlimited outfit options. Australian designed and crafted with care, this addition will not only compliment your body shape but will also pass the test of time. The long white sleeve v-neck crop top is a staple item for any wardrobe. We think knit pieces will always be in style no matter the season or reason!
5. ZENOBIA White High Neck Lantern Long Sleeve Shirt
The ZENOBIA white high neck lantern sleeve shirt makes the top 10 list for its versatility and feminine flare. The gorgeous neck detail can be worn in many ways – buttoned all the way to the top for a high neck look or experiment with tying the bow in different shapes. Flawlessly paired with denim, high waisted pants or pencil skirt for day and night-time occasions. Adding this timeless piece to your wardrobe will make you wonder how you ever lived without it!
6. JANE Beige Long Sleeve Classic Fur Jacket
A Matea Designs favourite the JANE beige long sleeve classic fur jacket is a must have for your winter collection. The beige colour and classic cut make it an easy addition to any outfit, paired with denim, a midi dress, pants and a shirt, this incredibly soft feel fur jacket will complete the package in style. Hand crafted from ethically sourced fur giving it extra warmth and comfort, you’ll be counting your blessings as each winter season rolls around! Seriously you will have this jacket for YEARS.
At #7 the simple and elegant VERA black high waist wide leg pants are another staple piece easily paired with almost any option. Best suited for night-time occasions and professional settings or with a tee and some slides for a day time vibe. The high waist and relaxed fit create an elegant and flattering look. These comfortable wide legged pants fit any body shape and once added to your collection become a choice you can rely on time and time again.
8. ZENOBIA Black High Neck Lantern Sleeve Shirt
This high neck lantern sleeve shirt is sleek and stylish, with the elegant wide sleeve and pearl button cuff creating a classic ageless effect. Professional for the office paired with a pencil skirt, and adaptable for any night or daytime occasion. The beautiful neck detailing gives you endless options by doing the buttons all the way up or leaving them open at your preferred level. A timeless shirt that every wardrobe needs. Classy, classic and chic. It's a must.
The pair to our number #6 pick, the JANE black long sleeve classic fur jacket, it's black colour adds a seductive element to any outfit. An essential staple for your winter night life, comfortable and warm as the temperature drops. This jacket is also a great option for your work wardrobe over a pencil skirt or dress.
The first maxi dress in our top ten the ivory knit bodycon backless maxi dress is sexy and seductive while remaining classy. The front cross over feature and side split emphasises the beauty of the waist for any body shape. Pair with a black or white bralette or bikini during the day for a casual beach side look or add heels for a night on the town. With the ivory colour and classic features this stunning bodycon maxi dress will have you looking sultry and never go out of style.
Shopping and purchasing timeless items for your wardrobe will leave you feeling confident and supported knowing you have great quality, well fitting outfits that suit your body type whenever you need them. Not only are you making the empowering choice to give yourself items that reflect the quality of the woman you are, but you will also be reducing waste by purchasing items that are built to last. Finally, you will also be supporting someone’s dream as a small business owner and investing your money into something that aligns with your values.
Matea Designs is on a mission to empower women Australia wide and globally, we do this by offering affordable quality designer garments that help you feel confident and empowered to be the person you would love to be. Matea Designs also partners with Woman focused charities and powerful projects to help impact women’s lives around the globe. $1 from each of our online sales is donated to one of our charities of your choosing. Click here to find out more.
By Chloe Weston