Listen, I love a good trend. While I don't always invest in every one (I like mine to last for a few seasons), I am always up for trying something new in my wardrobe. I still have a great blue gingham top I bought a few years ago that I wear every summer, and there's a faux-leather green jacket I know I'll love way after the coloured leather trend has gone. But you always need a decent baseline of pieces that you wear all the time, as quite honestly, it just makes life easier. Influencers and stylists know this and they're experts and knowing not only which pieces they keep in their wardrobes constantly, but also where to shop the best.
I spoke to five of my favourite women in fashion—including Alex Steadman and Zeena Shah—who told me which eight pieces they always keep in their wardrobes. There were no real surprises with their selections, but that's the way I like it. Although everyone I spoke to has a different personal style, they all agreed that there was one item they all needed in their wardrobes: jeans. Keep scrolling to see all the other pieces they chose and shop them too.
"I wear this a lot—at my desk, on appointments, dinner with friends and works easily with trainers, boots or heels."
"I live in jeans and a crew-neck, and a red one lifts my look so it doesn't feel so boring."
"Gap jeans just fit me. I am currently living in its boyfriend or cheeky straight styles"
"This blazer has served me so well, it works as a perfect evening blazer too when worn over my shoulders with a fancy dress."
"This can be replaced with any red accessory. I often try to accessorise with leopard or a pop of red, and it works for me."
"Comfortable and simple. I wear trainers most days but love that these ones go so well with tailored trousers, too."
"I’ve had a tan bag for a good few years, it goes with everything and fits my life (most days)."
"This feels like a summery blouse, but, in fact, it's in my wardrobe perennially. This is great on holiday with shorts. It's smart for work or good with jeans."
"No capsule wardrobe is complete without a printed dress, and you can't go wrong with a polka dot print. It's utterly timeless."
"As an 'always cold' person, this is a wardrobe staple for me and nothing is more comforting than pulling on a big cosy jumper."
"A great pair of jeans is hard to find, but once you have, they'll be worn to death and for every occasion."
"I've scrawled many a vintage and charity shop to find the perfect oversized leather jacket, as it's again one of those fashion heroes that makes me feel so effortlessly cool when I wear it."
"A cashmere jumper is a perfect layering piece that's good quality and is worth the investment."
"Looks good on everyone, goes with everything and can dress up a pair of jeans in an instant. I can't live without a classic collared white shirt in my wardrobe."
"For those moments I'm channelling my inner Parisienne, only a Breton will do."
"A statement but practical shoe that is a fashion classic. I pair mine with everything from printed dresses to jeans and a T-shirt."
"A well-fitted blazer in a neutral colour that you can pair it with lots of other pieces."
"I live in jeans—they're the easiest things to wear."
"I have teddy coats in many different colours because they're the only piece that never leaves my side in the wintertime."
"I like my denim jacket slightly oversized and chunky to keep me warm in colder days."
"This is a staple in my wardrobe. You can wear it with anything—jeans, a skirt, under a slip dress… It's easily the most versatile piece in my closet."
"You always need a pair of pumps. I like mine very colourful and bejewelled. They bring instant chic to any outfit."
"I'd wear these over leggings or jeans. I love how the elongate the legs."
"The dress-and-sneakers combo is one of my favourite things to wear."
"I wear jeans every day, and it's the item I have the most of in my wardrobe. My favourite style is a high-waisted straight-legged pair, as I think this is the most flattering if you have slighter wider hips."
"Paris is a walking city, so except for special occasions, I ditched my high heels long ago. But I still like to look well turned out, so for every day in winter, I opt for low-heeled boots, preferably with a square toe."
"An oversized black blazer is my go-to when I need to look instantly put together with minimal effort. I wear it with everything from jeans to slip skirts and dresses and over tees in summer."
"I belt jeans and blazers with this. It's by far one of my favourite accessories and I don't leave home without it when I travel."
"I wear this with everything from shirts to silk spaghetti-strap tops to knits."
"I love a good wrap coat in winter—there's nothing like feeling wrapped up cosy and warm in a chicer version of a dressing gown. I go for grey or camel, as these shades match my entire wardrobe."
"I don’t like wearing too much black, so my everyday bag is a camel or beige style that will also work for every season."
"I'm not wearing small black sunglasses here, but they are also an essential I never leave the house without."