The 8 "Boring" Staples We Keep Wearing This Year

If there's one thing that 2018 was kind enough to show us, it's the power of a good staple piece. No, they might not be the most exciting things to spend your salary on, but during any given month of the year, if you're armed with a sturdy base from which to build on, you'll be feeling pretty smug.

While statement pieces such as prairie dresses and '80s-inspired blouses are certainly making some stylish moves for S/S 19, we're taking as much enjoyment from racer vests and the simplest slip skirts (aka the items that'll act as the glue in your wardrobe). This is one shopping decision you won't regret. Scroll down to see our lineup of the "boring" staples that will see you through the rest of the year.

1. Cardigan

The cardigan has got to be 2018's most unexpected comeback, but it has well and truly wormed its way into our wardrobes and is set to stick around for 2019. Wear with high-waisted jeans and a belt whilst the weather is still chilly.

Racer Vests

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Yes, it's that street style look that got everyone talking at Milan Fashion Week. The outfit formula may be simple, but this stylish show-goer has officially set something in motion with her choice of racerback top. Expect to see many more of these come summer.

Pale Blazer

Making every single outfit look that little bit more elevated, a blazer in a light hue appears to be a fast-track to chic right now. We've seen them trending for the past year, and it looks like there's plenty of mileage to come. Size up and wears your big for a 2019 touch.

Anti–Skinny Jeans

Sorry, skinny jeans, you've been dying a slow death over the last 12 months, and 2019 isn't going to see a revival. It's all about '90s-inspired, straight-leg styles which slouch over boots and offer any outfit a satisfyingly androgynous finish.

Chunky Black Sandals

There's no stopping the rise of chunky black sandals into the highest of fashion echelons. Many girls are buying the version from Dr Martens (certain styles are continually sold-out), but the way they wear them differs from one to the next. Some opt for socks and tulle skirts, others for dungarees or sundresses. There are no rules.

Knitted Dresses

It was Jacquemus who elevated the knitted dress to viral status this summer, and we've fallen for the style's elegant simplicity. Whether you wear by itself or throw it over jeans, this is a piece that'll keep on giving.

Hair Clips

Fashion editors have been throwing it back to their school days this season and rediscovering the joys of the hair accessory. From hair bands to hair slides, these whimsical pieces are a surefire way to add glamour to any outfit.

Slip Skirts

We know you've heard plenty about Topshop's sellout slip skirt, but unlike some of this year's cult items, this one has mileage. Over half of our team owns one of these babies and have worn them in a variety of contexts—from beach-side cafes to formal birthday 'dos.

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This piece was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.