The Hardest-Working Staples to Buy Now and Wear Forever

As an editor of a fashion website, I spend a lot of time reporting on new trends, new labels and new ways to wear things. However, sometimes you really never can beat a classic, and it's arguably more important to build a wardrobe that you'll love for years, if not decades. Thinking of the longevity of your purchases not only is a way to have a more sustainable approach to fashion but will also help you to carve out a style that is timeless and feels truly you.

The idea of a capsule wardrobe created a real buzz around 2014 when a number of industry figures promoted a compact closet built of pieces that all perfectly match. There are some items that we think will always rise high above trends, making them the perfect pieces to invest in and add to your capsule (or not-so-capsule) wardrobe.

From the jeans that have been popular for decades to the accessories you'll treasure forever, here are the chicest items that will quite simply never die.

Midi Skirt
Classic fashion items

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@monikh

Longer lengths have proliferated over the last couple of years, with midi skirts becoming one of the fashion crowd's go-tos for a polished getup.

Chunky Boots
Classic fashion items

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@lefevrediary

A new entry in the staple shoe stakes: chunky boots are set to become a trusty piece. Watch this space. 

The Jumpsuit
Classic fashion items

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@heartzeena

The jumpsuit is one of those pieces that work for every season and are so easy to style. For winter, add a roll-neck and chunky boots. In summer, just add a pair of strappy sandals. 

Shirtdress
Classic fashion items

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@brittanybathgate

Flattering, timeless and chic, the shirtdress is the wardrobe icon that looks good one everyone.

Chelsea Boots
Classic fashion items:

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Brittany Bathgate

Black leather Chelsea boots are always elegant, and ACNE Studio's Jensens are our favourites.

White Jeans
Classic fashion items: white jeans

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@brittanybathgate

When it comes to denim, we believe everyone should own a pair of white jeans. They work year-round. 

Neutral Bodysuit
Classic fashion items

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Who What Wear

In our experience, a neutral bodysuit is a serious multitasking wonder: Wear it with high-waisted trousers, slip under a dress or layer up with a shirt. 

Trench Coat
Classic fashion items: Trench coat

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Style Stalker

As Burberry proves, a classic trench coat never goes out of style. 

Breton Top
Classic fashion items: Breton top

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Brittany Bathgate

This was a wardrobe staple for Audrey Hepburn, too. 

Black Dress
Classic fashion items: Black dress

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@eniswardrobe

Another Audrey-approved buy? A little black dress that will last you decades if you opt for a classic shape. 

Leather Jacket
Classic fashion items: Leather biker

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@sylviemus_

When it comes to leather jackets, the ACNE Studios biker is the dream, but we also recommend this Mango iteration as a high street alternative. 

White Shirt
Classic fashion items:

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@basicstouch

White shirts aren't just for work, as they will slot into your weekend wardrobes too. 

Tan Leather Sandals
Classic fashion items: Tan leather sandals

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Emma Spedding

A pair of tan leather sandals are a wardrobe classic—whether you go for Hermès Orans or a Zara equivalent.

Gold Medallion Necklace
Classic fashion items:

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@laurennicolefk

A gold pendant is another chic item that will survive all your wardrobe clear-outs.

Chanel 2.55 Bag
Classic fashion items:

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@natashandlovu

When it comes to handbags, a Chanel 2.55 quilted bag is the definition of timeless. 

Loafers
Classic fashion items:

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@evachen212

These Gucci horse-bit loafers could feature in Eva Chen's signature pose for decades, as they are that timeless.

Cashmere Jumper
Classic fashion items:

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Brittany Bathgate

Whatever age you are, a cashmere jumper is always considered a stylish luxury. 

White T-Shirt
Classic fashion items:

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@charlottekuhrt

You might have to replace your white T-shirts regularly, but they will forever be a wardrobe building block.

Leather Belt
Classic fashion items:

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@shotfromthestreet

Belts might seem like a boring purchase, but they can actually make any outfit look so much more put-together. 

Ballet Pumps
Classic fashion items: ballet pumps

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@sabinasocol

Ballet pumps are the "skinny jeans" of the shoe world. They are making a comeback that this year in cool, fun tones and were definitely one of the trending flat-shoe styles of 2020.

Camel Coat
Classic fashion items: Camel coat

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Ada Oguntodu

When it comes to outerwear, a classic camel coat never dates. Especially if it's Max Mara.

Hoop Earrings
Classic fashion items: Hoop earrings

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@chrissyford

As for jewellery, a pair of gold hoops is a solid investment—whether they are tiny, simple rings or a more statement silhouette.

White Trainers
Classic fashion items: White pumps

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@lucywilliams02

Simple white trainers—whether they're Veja or Converse—are also not going to date. 

Polka-Dot Dress
Classic fashion items: Polka-dot dress

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@styleidealist

It's always worth having a polka-dot dress in your wardrobe.

A.P.C. Bag
Classic fashion items: A.P.C. bag

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Brittany Bathgate

A.P.C.'s half-moon bag is a timeless accessory, and it's under £345.

Printed Silk Scarf
Classic fashion items: Silk scarf

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@lindatol_

A printed silk scarf is the sort of item you'll pass on to your grandchildren. And the good thing is they can be styled in dozens of ways.

Black Heels

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@slipintostyle

Black pumps are the pièce de résistance of trends, and you'll have them as long as the stilettos remain standing.

Skinny Jeans
Classic fashion items: Skinny jeans

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@femmeblk

Denim trends come and go, but skinny jeans remain timeless.

Double-Breasted Blazer
Classic fashion items: Double-breasted jackets

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@sylviemus_

Thankfully, there are plenty of double-breasted jackets around this season.

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