4. A fleece
Nothing packs a punch in warmth and texture departments quite like a teddy, fluffy fleece. You can throw this zip up on top of pretty much anything and it will look good, particularly if you go for a neutral colour and a brand that you love. Suitable for cosy evenings or as a warming layer on the way to work it’s the ultimate day trip in the woods.
1. White t-shirt
A white t-shirt is a wardrobe hero that you will wear everyday either as a layering piece or on its own. Regardless of your style and whether it is professional or casual, you will likely reach for a t-shirt a few times a week. Fit and fabric are the key to choosing the right one that lasts the distance, so shop around for the best styles to suit you and go for the highest quality fabric you can afford for longevity.
A pair of boots makes the cut and for good reason. Depending on the style, you can easily add a bit of satorial sophistication or ruggedness to your look. You’ve got dress boots, casual work boots, chukkas, chelsea boots and even cowboy boots. The right boots can be dressed up and dressed down. From budget-friendly designs that balance quality and cost to innovative creations featuring suede or chunky soles, the look is up to you. Leather varieties will last longer and mold to the shape of your feet, offering that figure hugging comfort that you don’t get with cheaper synethic models.
5. A blazer
A blazer always pulls everything together, even if the rest of your outfit isn’t so smart. To make them cool and fashion-forward instead of the past conservative ‘only for the office’ wear, go for an unstructured style that’s comfortable in elegant navy. This will look great with everything in your wardrobe.
3. 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 camel will see you through most occasions and will be your go-to season after season.
6. 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 a shape that’s big enough to carry around all your daytime essentials including your laptop, but not so big that it looks sloppy.
7. All-purpose hoodie
The hoodie will take you from coffee to the gym to casual Friday drinks at the office, it’s one of the hardest working wardrobe staples and if you go for a neutral colour it will go with everything too. Think grey, black, navy or beige and you’re onto a winner. Luxe it up in winter with cashmere to add extra warmth.
You can’t go wrong with a straight-leg style. Cool and universally flattering, this style of jeans will add a laid-back spin to your off-duty look, whatever you pair them with. Dark denim is smarter, and mid-blue hues are classic everyday wear. But whatever, jeans are a wardrobe-staple and should always be included in your outfit choice.
9. White & denim shirt
A classic Oxford shirt in crisp white cotton and a denim shirt are not just a workwear hero but a savvy styling tool too. Layer your shirt over a plain white t-shirt and then tuck it into some statement trousers or jeans and finish with a crew neck sweater. These shirts are the ultimate layering staple. Go for the highest quality cotton you can afford, and it will last for years to come.
10. The classic 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 navy, black and grey. Turtlenecks are classic and will make you look smarter and more sophisticated instantly. Simply pop your woolens into a pillowcase and wash in a cold wash to last year after year.
11. White sneakers
Sneakers are the simplest way to put an effortless spin on everything from suiting, to jeans, and classic chinos. 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 shorts.