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.
You can't get much more classic that 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.
Flattering, timeless and chic, the shirtdress is the wardrobe icon that looks good one everyone.
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.
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 under a dress or layer up with a shirt.
As Burberry proves, a classic trench coat never goes out of style.
This was a wardrobe staple for Audrey Hepburn, too.
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, but we also recommend this Mango iteration as a high street alternative.
When it comes to handbags, a Chanel 2.55 quilted bag is the definition of timeless.
Belts might seem like a boring purchase, but they can actually make any outfit look so much more put-together.
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 is a solid investment—whether they are tiny, simple rings or a more statement silhouette.
Simple white trainers—whether they're Veja or Converse—are also not going to date.
It's always worth having a polka-dot dress in your wardrobe.
When it comes to dresses, a vintage-style floral tea dress will have a place in your wardrobe for years and years.
A.P.C.'s half-moon bag is a timeless accessory, and it's under £345.
Thankfully, there are plenty of double-breasted jackets around this season.