Fashion-forward shoppers know it's not just the latest trends of the season that help to build a stylish wardrobe, but classic pieces that stand the test of time. That's why Prime Outlets, a portfolio of 21 outlet shopping destinations across the U.S., teamed up with celebrity fashion expert James Aguiar to reveal five essential fashion pieces every woman should own as well as how to find them for a fraction of their regular retail cost.
According to Aguiar, fashion expert and host of "Full Frontal Fashion," "Where D'Ya Get That?" and "Style Court," in a culture where fashion trends are fleeting, the key to building a great wardrobe is starting with a few timeless pieces.
"Trends may come and go but there are essential fashion classics that will never go out of style," said Aguiar. "From the little black dress to the classic trench coat, these are the must-have items every fashionista should have in her closet."
Prime Retail's Senior Vice President of Marketing Karen E. Fluharty says that Prime Outlets teamed up with fashion expert Aguiar because his tips and advice teach everyday women how to work affordable designer pieces into their wardrobes.
"Outlets allow access to the finest brands for a fraction of the cost," said Fluharty. "James is known for being front and center at fashion shows around the world and knows how to translate what he sees on the runway into everyday looks for fashionistas across the country. His tips help women pinpoint their wardrobe needs and update their looks by incorporating a few essential items."
At everyday savings of up to 65 percent off full retail prices, Prime Outlets' shoppers have complete access to style icons including Gucci, Michael Kors, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Gap, Coach, Victoria's Secret, Tory Burch, Polo Ralph Lauren and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, among many others.
The LBD вЂ“ Whether simple and classic or a more glamorous choice in various lengths and sheer fabrics, the little black dress (LBD) is a must-have. Think Audrey Hepburn when choosing this piece and look for a dress that's tailored and fitted through the waist. Pair your LBD with wedges and a designer handbag for a daytime look, or strappy sandals and an ornate clutch for a night-on-the-town.
Crisp White Shirt вЂ“ Look for a crisp white shirt with feminine detailing around the bustline, a long silhouette and French cuffs to pair with skinny cigarette pants or a pencil skirt for an easy, tailored look. Take your look into the evening by pairing a white blouse with a ball gown skirt and layers of pearls for a sophisticated look sure to turn a few heads.
Top Handle Bag вЂ“ A top handle bag with a strong shape and structure is a must-have fashion classic. Look for top handle bags in a variety of colors with interesting details such as intricate stitching and unique hardware for a stylish accessory that will last a lifetime.
Printed Scarf вЂ“This essential accessory will freshen any look and always keep you in style. Whether tying it around your neck, head or handbag, look for colorful scarves with prints and patterns for a posh, sophisticated look.