With the vast quantities of clothes that are churned out and so readily available for the taking these days, not to mention the meteoric rise of social media, it can be easy to put our blinkers on and become a part of the problem. But irresponsible and mindless consumption is slowly becoming a thing of the past, and this year, we’re keeping our eyes peeled for items that will transcend seasons and occasion. You may even find that many firm stylish staples are already residing in your wardrobe, collecting dust and ready for a revamp.
On a strictly practical level, a consumer’s main concern is utility, and so our primary goal should always be to find high-quality pieces that are easy to style and put together. I know I’ve definitely made the mistake of only buying one-off disposable fashion pieces that don’t go with anything in my wardrobe many times before. But a wardrobe built on a carefully curated selection of items makes day-to-day dressing infinitely easier and makes a great deal of financial sense too!
Many of our high-street favourites, particularly the likes of Mango and Zara, as well as a recent favourite of mine, & Other Stories, continue to ace it in the wardrobe-staples department, offering well-made structured pieces that will stand the test of time no matter which trends come and go.
A trench coat is one of those truly timeless pieces that will never fail you, and if you invest in a good one, there’s no doubt that you’ll be using it for years to come. Trenches look just as gorgeous layered over dresses or skirts as they do with a pair of fitted trousers and trainers; it’s really no wonder that they’ve secured a firm spot amongst our staples. Best of all, there are various iterations up for grabs should the classic Burberry-esque styles not be for you. If you want to go for something a little different, why not opt for an 80’s inspired vinyl finish for an extra hint of glam?
STRAIGHT LEG JEANS
Most of us will remember the ultra-low-rise jeans that were all the rage back in the 90s. They definitely had their moment to shine, but as style evolves and we become more mature along with it, they seemingly become a less practical option. These days, there’s nothing quite like a pair of perfectly cut straight-leg jeans to flatter your figure and nail pretty much any look.
There are so many different boots on the market at the moment, from thigh-highs, to western and sock styles, but there’s no doubt that a good old pair of ankle boots will quickly become one of the most beloved things in your wardrobe, regardless of their height. A personal favourite of mine, Dr Martens are tried-and-true staples that have recently made a bit of a resurgence, proving the consumer’s natural shift towards long-wearing brands that are also making moves to become more ethical and environmentally-friendly.
You really can’t get much more classic than a button-up blouse, and in my opinion, it’s one of the most underrated pieces in anyone’s fashion armoury. Be it for the office, a family lunch, or just for a casual weekend look with some trainers and a pair of jeans, a structured blouse is one of those pieces that will make you look put together with no real effort. I’m an avid collector of checked shirts, but this year I’ve decided to take it up a notch and hunt for silky blouses and neutral shirts that will go with pretty much everything even when I feel like I’m in a total style rut. Think of those inevitable jeans-and-a-nice-top occasions, sorted.
A knit jumper is hands down, my favourite ever thing to wear, not only for comfort reasons but also for ease of styling and sheer versatility. In recent years, I’ve noticed that high-street brands are making a real effort to up their game when it comes to quality and expensive-looking knitwear. Marks and Spencer reigns supreme when it comes to premium high-street knits at a decent price point. I personally tend to opt for classic silhouettes and nude colours, as I find they’re easy to throw on and style with so many different aesthetics. This winter, I’ll be living in my turtleneck jumper in all shades of beige.
Last but by no means least, no wardrobe is complete without a crisp classic pair of white trainers thrown into the mix. It’s a style that is both unassuming yet effortlessly cool, and can be worn by people of all ages, and for most occasions. Slip-ons are also a great idea; comfortable enough to walk in, but infinitely sleeker than the ‘ugly’ dad-style lace-up trainers that took the fashion world by storm last year.
Getting dressed during winter might seem tricky when you compare it to the simplicity that is so inherent during the warmer seasons. Sure, warmth is a priority, but with a solid collection of staple pieces, it’s never been easier to look awesome and feel cosy.