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 also will 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.
You can't get much more classic than tailored trousers. Whether you dress them down with a slouchy knit and boots or add polish with a shirt and heels, this is a chic staple that is sure to serve you for many seasons to come. Trust us.
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.
Comfy, sturdy and cool, the chunky boot will never let you down in the shoe stakes.
When it comes to dresses, a vintage-style floral tea dress will have a place in your wardrobe for years and years.
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.
Flattering, timeless and chic, the shirt dress is the wardrobe icon that looks good on everyone.
When it comes to denim, we believe everyone should own a pair of white jeans. They work year-round.
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In our experience, a neutral bodysuit is a serious multitasking wonder. Wear it with high-waisted trousers, slip it under a dress or layer it up with a shirt.
As Burberry proves, a classic trench coat never goes out of style.
Another Audrey-approved buy? A little black dress that will last you decades if you opt for a classic shape.
When it comes to leather jackets, the ACNE Studios biker is the dream.
White shirts aren't just for work, as they will slot into your weekend wardrobes, too.
Belts might seem like a boring purchase, but they can actually make any outfit look so much more put-together.
A gold pendant is another chic item that will survive all your wardrobe clear-outs.
You might have to replace your white T-shirts regularly, but they will forever be wardrobe building blocks.
When it comes to outerwear, a classic camel coat never dates.
It's always worth having a polka-dot dress in your wardrobe.
Black pumps are the pièce de résistance of trends, and you'll have them as long as the stilettos remain standing.
Thankfully, there are plenty of expensive-looking jackets on the high street this season.