I've Been a Stylist for 10 Years—These 3 Outfits Always Look Good

From some of Rihanna's and Kim Kardashian West's most iconic outfits to cementing London’s best dressed It-girl scene, super stylist and creative director Avigail Collins is known in fashion circles for being the go-to when you're a celebrity looking to craft an exciting new look. She's the mastermind behind ingenious ensembles for Lorde and is the force behind some of Daisy Lowe's sassiest getups, but Avigail's wardrobing skills extend even further: See her own streetwear-inspired line, Silver Spoon Attire, for starters. Founded in 2013, alongside her husband (and fellow sought-after stylist) Damian Collins, her high-profile music clients—and a global street style following—make up a pretty impressive fan club. If anyone can spot the next big thing, it's Avigail, which is why we're thrilled to have her on board at Who What Wear UK to bring you a monthly column about what's hot now.

I've been a stylist now for 10 years, and although I've seen countless trends come and go, there are a few trusty outfits that never really fade or look dated. There are definitely tweaks to bring them into the new, but essentially, no one ever looks bad in the below three formulas. So the next time you're stuck for inspiration, just fall back on one of these classic outfits…

Jeans + White Tee

When I was at university, my ever-stylish flatmate taught me that as long as you always have a good white T-shirt and perfect-fit jeans in your wardrobe or suitcase, you can't go wrong. It really is the greatest combo, and over the years, I've searched for the perfect T-shirt.

My original fave was by James Perse. At one point, I had four of the exact same tee. Now, my ultimate choice is from an L.A.-based brand called Pretties. Pretties originally launched its Baby Tee in the mid-'90s, and everyone who was anyone had one. From Naomi to Cindy to an iconic editorial with Drew Barrymore, these tees were extremely popular.

The brand relaunched with a beautiful store in Venice Beach, and I stumbled across it recently. I haven't looked back because Pretties' tees have really become my thing. I have three of the brand's tops in white, and a couple of months ago, I started buying the same cut in different colours.

Depending on what you're doing on any given day, a T-shirt-and-jeans pairing can either be the main part of your outfit. You can easily dress it up with heels and layers of thin gold chains. Right now, I'd suggest a '90s-style leather jacket for that off-duty Bella Hadid vibe. As you'll know, you can quickly dress it down with trainers or Chelsea boots and still look cool.

Tip: Try a men's white T-shirt for an oversized look, and then tuck it into high-waisted jeans with a belt.

Caitlin's gold necklaces are just right for bringing a little modernity to an old formula.

Classic outfit ideas: white T-shirt and jeans


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Logo tees and turn-ups? A little bit '50s rockabilly and a lot like something we want to try out this summer.

Eni makes the idea work-appropriate with a blazer and heels.

Classic outfit ideas: white T-shirt and jeans


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Trust Eva Chen to posh it up so perfectly.

The French-girl method? Add strappy sandals, a top-handle handbag and black shades à la Sabina.

Floral Dress + Leather Boots

A dress and boots really work for any age. Whether you feel confident in a shorter-length dress with chunky Docs or a longer sophisticated midi with slick knee-high boots, you can't go wrong with this combo. Dresses and boots also work year-round. You'd be surprised how good a summer dress like this can look with tights, boots and a long-sleeved top underneath. So don’t be afraid to get your favourite summer dress out whatever the weather—just think about how you can rework it for the occasion. To be honest, most pieces in your wardrobe will work for any season as long as you layer and accessories them to the climate.

Classic outfit ideas: floral dress and leather boots


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A coat of the same length always looks elegant with a maxi dress.

Thigh slits in winter? Dress down with tights and chunky flat boots like Elsy.

Classic outfit ideas: floral dress and leather boots


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You don't have to play it safe. Clashing boots and a beaten-up leather jacket can be very cool indeed.

With an oversized knit thrown into the mix like Jessie's outfit here, a floral dress and cowboy boots will serve you well through the year.

Hajra's uptown take on the idea ticks all the boxes for an office-appropriate look.

Trouser Suit

No matter your shape or size, there's a suit out there for you that works. Personally, I love high-waisted wide-leg trousers and an oversized boxy jacket, as the combo suits my curvy figure best. If you are tall and flatter-chested, then I would go for a full-on tailored suit or a skinny tux.

I love to mix my suits up, so I'll wear my jackets with jeans or trainers. I also use the jacket as a layer under a puffer or oversized wool coat. Trousers are a staple if I have an event to go to, as I will wear them with different shirts and blazer. No matter what is on trend, a decent suit will always cut the mustard.

Right now, I’m into the statement look of wearing suits in fun colours and going tonal with my accessories.

When a suit looks this sharp, you don't need to wear loads of accessories. Thanks for the reminder, Marisa.

Maja's also doing the no-top styling move. Dare you to try it this summer.

Sneakers and a suit? It's a new favourite we hope stays relevant forever. Props to Lauren Nicole on the fun flash of yellow.

Classic outfit ideas: oversized trouser suit


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This has to be one of the best boxy suit looks around. The long shirt and slides only add to its offbeat silhouette.

In an unexpected colour or fabric, a simple trouser suit can really come to life.

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