4 must-have items for a stylish 2018

The idea of wading through the seemingly endless racks of a retail store in search of a few stylish new staples to add to your wardrobe can be daunting.

So, to help take the guesswork out of the experience, we asked Shannon Schafer, the senior fashion director at Nordstrom, to pinpoint a few of the must-have items for the new year.

From walkable heels to chic-and-versatile blazers, here are the fashion items to add to your closet now.
The heels

A great heel can take you from the office to the weekend, especially when it has a comfortable, walkable heel like these Halogen Elyse Slingback Pumps. The slick patent style gets an added pop from a bright red hue. Pair with a pair of pinstriped culottes in a navy blue or even burnt orange for an unexpected statement.

$129.95 | Nordstrom
The trench coat

A great trench coat can fit into pretty much every woman’s closet. But, if you’re looking for something a little less … beige than the usual styles, considering picking up a coat in an unusual — yet oh-so beautiful — hue like this J.O.A. Tie-Sleeve Trench Coat. The rich burgundy hue will elevate even the simplest of looks, including a class white-tee-and-jeans combo.

$141 | Nordstrom
The blazer

The blazer gets a reboot this year thanks to a slightly oversized fit. So, what’s the key to not being overwhelmed by a less streamlined style? Keep it simple like this Leith Oversized Blazer. Rather than relying on oversized buttons or a busy print, the clean off-white colour keeps this piece looking timeless — while also rendering it appropriate for pretty much every occasion.

$119 | Nordstrom
The bag

If the term “fanny pack” or “belt bag” brings to mind a pouchy, battered leather version of years past, it’s high time you take another look at these hands-free handbag alternatives. This year’s hottest bags feature eye-catching design elements and embellishments, like the stylish studs on this Valentino Garavani Rockstud Metalasse Leather Belt Bag, which pretty much ensures they look nothing like the (often-hideous) packs you’re recalling.

$1,940 | Nordstrom

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