We Try Before You Buy: 8 Next-Level Basics We'll Wear in 2019

Our We Try Before You Buy series aims to take the stress out of shopping and eliminate the number of post office visits you make each month to return failed online orders. We test new-season buys and styling ideas so you don't have to, letting you know what is actually worth investing in.

January is a time when we all have the best intentions for the year ahead, and this overhaul applies to our wardrobes just as much as our fridges (and I'm not just talking about Marie Kondo folding). Some New Year's resolutions I keep hearing this year are to make more sensible purchases, invest in pieces that will last and avoid passing trends—all of which makes for a happier and more sustainable wardrobe.

It's possible to find timeless updated basics that still feel current and don't have an expiration date. For this month's try-on session, our editors each tackled our own winter essential to find the best—and most interesting—out there. I tried on dresses that you can easily slot into your winter wardrobe and was most impressed by Rixo's polka-dot dress and a green floral shirtdress from Kitri.

Hannah Almassi tested coats and found a tailored wool coat in a colour you might not expect. She also found the perfect teddy bear coat for a cosier option. Meanwhile, Joy Montgomery tried on ankle boots, discovering a Charles and Keith pair that defy their price tag. Last but not least, Maxine Eggenberger, our resident knitwear expert, showed that crewnecks can be a lot of fun. Keep scrolling to see and shop our eight updated basics.