The Checklist: Wardrobe Staples
Staples, essentials, wardrobe fail-safes - whatever you call them, these are the pieces that transcend the seasons to form your ultimate capsule wardrobe. Discover the classic pieces to invest in now and wear forever, from transitional tailoring to seasonless boots.
When it comes to outerwear foundations, we're looking for the dream combination of elegance and effortless style; the kind of pieces you can throw on and instantly look both incredible and as though you haven’t tried too hard. Case in point? TOVE's Jore wrap coat offers instant polish, day or night and its outsized proportions give you carte blanche to go wild with layering underneath. Sophisticated, classic and subversively sexy, the trench is one of fashion’s perennial pieces and By Malene Birger's Alanis version will work with pretty much everything in your wardrobe for countless seasons to come.
Nothing says effortless style quite like sumptuous knitwear: Lisa Yang's cosy co-ords are perfect for luxe lounging or weekend brunch dates with friends whilst LOULOU STUDIO's classic silhouettes make light work of day-to-night dressing.
As a rule of thumb, a timeless bag should have a distinct yet demure shape, exquisite leather, neutral tones and sleek, subtle hardware. Need some pointers? Saint Laurent's chic ‘Le 5 à 7’ shoulder bag is leading our edit of all-rounders along with Savette's Symmetry style which promises to whisper your style authority, day or night.
When it comes to wardrobe mileage, few pieces can go the same distance as denim. It has established itself as one of the most versatile items in our wardrobes and find the perfect pair of jeans (be it straight-leg or more relaxed styles) and you’re guaranteed to have them on heavy rotation, whatever the season or setting.
Style and practicality are not always easy bedfellows, but a classic pair of boots are one of the most important seasonal purchases you’ll make and, if you choose right, you will have a (weather appropriate) investment that will complete any off-duty look for years to come.
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