Once in a blue moon, there are buzz words that float around online. “Minimalism” and “vintage” are just a few that come to mind. You know, words that you hear everywhere but still don’t exactly know what they mean. “Timeless” is one of those words. It’s kind of the same as classic, but not and seems to represent that you’ll have the item forever without ever getting sick of it. But there’s one thing about “timeless” pieces of clothing that you might not realize — the meaning is different for everyone.
Online and print publications love to tell people all about timeless clothing items. A quick Google search for “timeless” clothing items will bring you over 72 million pages. Items talked about including the striped t-shirt, trench coat, white button down, and blazer. I don’t know about you, but there two items on that list that are not in my closet and I haven’t needed either of them. Not to mention that none of the online publications have the exact same list. Other items included things like basic cardigans and even got as specific as dark-wash, boot-cut jeans. If someone followed this list, they’d end up with a ton of different items and no cohesive style at all.
The official definition is timeless is, “not affected by the passage of time or the change in fashion.”
The problem with pairing the definition with fashion is that it becomes relative. Someone might love a striped t-shirt and never get rid of it. Another person might hate stripes and never want to wear them. Personally, the timeless items in my closet are my striped t-shirt that I pair with everything, striped dress that I wear during all four seasons, and my denim jacket that I’ve had forever. For you, it might be the perfect fitting pair of jeans or sweater that goes with everything. Or maybe it’s the perfectly patterned tee that you absolutely love.
It’s important to remember that a “timeless” clothing item is different for everyone. The word “timeless” is not synonymous with “plain” or “minimalist.” Your stylist is anything that you want to be, which means that the items that stick with you the longest might not always be plain and boring. Maybe you’re someone who loves colored and the rainbow-striped tee is your go-to item forever.
Not sure what your timeless items are? Here are five ways to know when you’ve found a timeless item:
1. It’s good quality.
No matter what your timeless item looks like, it will always be good quality. Think about it this way: you can’t have an item forever if it’s not made to last. I’m not saying that you will never get a rip or tear in it, but you also don’t want the fabric to wear out on you over the years.
2. You see yourself in the item.
You’ll know you have a timeless item when you put it on and look in the mirror. You’ll just feel like yourself in it. Maybe you notice how good your eyes look or nice your hair is. You are comfortable putting it on. So comfortable that you want to wear it every single day or with tons of different outfits. The key to a timeless item is comfort. And notice that it has nothing to do with how it looks since that will change from person to person.
3. You can imagine wearing it with other items in your closet.
The key to a timeless item is the ability to match with other items that you love. Now, it doesn’t have to match EVERY item in your closet, but it will make a handful of the items that you already own even better. It could be the perfect white button up that can be worn under or over anything. It could also be the bright pink sweater that you love combining with colors of different seasons. There’s no wrong or right way to do it, as long as it works for you.
4. It fits you right.
A timeless item will fit you just right. It’s as simple as that. It won’t be the shirt that’s doesn’t quite tuck into some pants but is a little too cropped with others. it will be the one that fits your body correctly, so you can do more with it. The key to a timeless item is having flexibility, so you’ll want it to fit just right and not just look good with some items.
5. You love it more and more as you wear it.
Some of the best items are the ones you love more and more with time. It gets comfier as you wear it or you get excited to wear it in new ways. Heck, you might even know that it’s timeless just by getting excited as you carry it around the store. You’ll find yourself reaching for it throughout the week and getting excited to wear it. The excitement doesn’t fade, even though you’ve had it for a while or wear it a lot.
Finding a timeless item is something that you feel. After reading this, you might even see more clearly the timeless clothing items that you already have in your closet. Just remember that just because an online publication tells you that your timeless items should be plain doesn’t meant that they have to be. Find what works best for you and stick to it. After all, there’s no wrong way to have a personal style.