While this season is all about the chunky loafer, the penny loafer is an enduring classic. Originally designed for men, they do play up to their masculine vibe but are so easy to wear it’s no wonder they have become a wardrobe must-have. Wear loafers with an oversized blazer and everyday denim or slip on with tailored pants, miniskirts and pretty much everything else in your wardrobe.
2. CLASSIC COAT
The classic coat is an investment piece and if you buy the right one to suit you it will stand the test of time and work with every outfit in your wardrobe. While the trench coat is iconic, and makes a great layering piece, the cosy woolen coat in black, grey, or beige will see you through most occasions and will be your go-to season after season.
3. LUXE LOUNGEWEAR
With comfort being the priority for many of us nowadays, even if you are returning to the office, outfits need to take on that vibe. Hence why luxe loungewear has become the new must-have. Cashmere and cotton tracksuits in muted tones are worn separately or together, and are often paired with sneakers, a blazer, and a trench coat for that luxe off duty look. Layering, as always, is key when it comes to sportier pieces.
5. PRACTICAL BAG
A polished yet practical shoulder bag is great for all your everyday essentials and is a key ingredient to every wardrobe. Think black leather, medium sized and without too much fancy detailing and choose a shape that’s big enough to carry around all your daytime essentials including your laptop, but not so big that it looks sloppy. It should also be chic enough to go out for dinner in a pinch. If you pack light and love that hands-free vibe then go for a cross body bag as it will always look great whatever you’re wearing.
4. A BLAZER
To make them cool and fashion-forward instead of the past conservative ‘only for the office’ wear, go for an oversized silhouette. Style it with slouchy boots or a simple pair of jeans and it will work everywhere from the office to hanging out at the weekend. For a more casual look, layer a graphic t-shirt underneath and probably one of the most prevalent trends this season is layering with track pants and a flowy maxi dress.
6. EVERYDAY ACCESSORIES
And, by this we mean jewelry, watches and belts and stylish sunglasses. Think of jewelry as understated and easy-to-wear. A necklace that adds a feminine edge to a simple white t-shirt or crisp shirts and hoop earrings are a staple and add a simplicity to an outfit but strikes the right balance.
Watches are a lifelong investment and are the ultimate forever piece. Classic black and with a masculine edge will complement every outfit whether you are dressed up or down.
Sunglasses may be the final addition to an outfit, but they always add polish to a low-key look and are a savior when you’re feeling a little less fresh. Classic cat-eye designs and D-frames will work with every look in your wardrobe, while round-frames add a more fashionable edge.
High-rise distressed and straight-leg styles are this season’s favourite. Cool and universally flattering, retro-inspired jeans will add a laid-back spin to your off-duty look and whatever you pair them with, it’s all down to playing with proportions. But whatever, jeans are a wardrobe-staple no matter and should always be included in your outfit choice.
8. WHITE SHIRT
A classic Oxford shirt in crisp cotton is not just a workwear hero but a savvy styling tool too. Do the tuck, layer your shirt over a plain white t-shirt and then tuck it into some statement trousers or jeans for that chic, stylish vibe. The white shirt is also the ultimate layering staple. Wear under crew neck sweaters, oversized as a dress under a waistcoat, or elevate shorts or a mini skirt with a cropped version and knee length boots. Go for the highest quality cotton you can afford, and it will last for years to come.
9. A KNIT
Knitwear fashion changes from season to season but if you invest in a sumptuous knit it will last you years, especially if you look after it and buy a shade that compliments your existing wardrobe. Think muted tones of beige and the classics like navy, black and grey. If you’re feeling bold then brighten things up this winter with a vivid shade of red, cobalt blue, or Kermit green. Simply pop your woolens into a pillowcase and wash in a cold wash for longevity.
10. CHUNKY BOOTS
While the super chunky boot is this season’s must-have, the riding-inspired ankle boot, outdoor, worker and rainboot are also having a moment. Everyone needs boot footwear come winter, so what you go for depends on the occasion and how you style it. Invest in a pair that you love and they’re sure to become one of the most worn pieces in your capsule wardrobe.
11. WHITE SNEAKERS
Sneakers are the simplest way to put an effortless spin on everything from suiting, to dresses, jeans, and classic cargos. Who doesn’t love a classic white sneaker? Fresh, comfortable and an easy way to add that sports-luxe vibe to your outfit with minimum effort. The beauty of this wardrobe staple is that they go with literally anything and always look chic, whether it’s with tailored trousers, jeans and a tee or a midi dress.