Survival of the Chicest: The Stylish Staples You'll Never Get Bored Of

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. 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 accessories you'll treasure forever—here are the chicest items that will quite simply never die.

The Jumpsuit
Classic fashion items

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@venswifestyle

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. 

Midi Skirt
Classic fashion items

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@sylviemus_

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.

"Dad" Sandals
Classic fashion items

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@sjdooley

A new entry in the shoe stakes, but "dad" sandals are set to become a trusty staple. Watch this space. 

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
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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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Shot from the Street

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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Jeanette Madsen

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

Ray-Ban Sunglasses
Classic fashion items: Raybans

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Lisa Aiken

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

Leather Biker Jacket
Classic fashion items: Leather biker

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Natasha Ndlovu

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

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. 

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
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Lisa Aiken

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

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. 

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.

Cashmere Jumper
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Brittany Bathgate

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

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.

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. 

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 ones and are definitely one of the trending flat shoe styles of this autumn.

Hoop Earrings
Classic fashion items: Hoop earrings

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Maria Bernad

As for jewellery, a pair of gold hoops are 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. 

Floral Tea Dress
Classic fashion items: floral 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.

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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@hannastefansson

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

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.

Skinny Jeans
Classic fashion items: Skinny jeans

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NatashaNdlovu

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