Survival of the Chicest: 28 Classic Items That Will Always Look Amazing

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 is not only a way to have a more sustainable approach to fashion, but 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 together. There are 28 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 accessories you'll treasure forever, here are the 28 chicest items that will quite simply never die.

1. Tan Leather Sandals

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Emma Spedding

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

2. White Jeans

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Shot from the Street

When it comes to denim, we believe everyone should own a pair of white jeans.

3. Trench Coat

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Style Stalker

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

5. Black Dress

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Jeanette Madsen

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

6. Ray-Ban Sunglasses

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Lisa Aiken

When it comes to sunnies, Ray-Ban's wayfarers are a wear-forever investment.

7. Leather Biker Jacket

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Natasha Ndlovu

When it comes to leather jackets, the Acne biker is the one you want hanging in your wardrobe. 

8. White Shirt

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Brittany Bathgate

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

9. Chelsea Boots

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Brittany Bathgate

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

10. Gold Medallion Necklace

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Lisa Aiken

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

11. Chanel 2.55 Bag

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Natasha Ndlovu

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

12. Loafers

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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.

14. White T-Shirt

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Lisa Aiken

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

15. Leather Belt

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@wethepeoplestyle

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

16. Ballet Pumps

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Emili Sindlev

Ballet pumps are the "skinny jeans" of the shoe world. They might not be considered the coolest, but they always look polished. You can't go wrong with a Chanel pair like Emili Sindlev's. 

17. 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.

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

20. Polka-Dot Dress

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Hannah Lewis

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

22. Floral Tea Dress

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Lucy Williams

When it comes to dresses, a vintage-style floral tea dress will have a place in your wardrobe for years and years.

25. Printed Silk Scarf

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@annarvitiello

A printed silk scarf by the likes of Hermès or Gucci is the sort of item you'll pass onto your grandchildren. And the good thing is they can be styled in dozens of ways.

26. Black Heels

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Getty

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

28. Double-Breasted Blazer

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Getty

Thankfully, the high street is awash with amazing double-breasted jackets this season.

Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring/summer 2019.

Opening Image: Sylvie Mus