15 "Boring" Staples Every Fashion Editor Can't Live Without

Fact: Wardrobe staples never change. I mean, the clue is in the name, but the basic items that everyone looks good in stay consistent year after year. While I always love to buy a couple of trend-led pieces every season (croc-effect bags and leopard coats, thanks for asking), it’s the classic pieces I’ll never tire of.

Not only do these items work well with any new bits I’ve bought, but they also mean I never worry about what to wear in the morning. Simply put, they’re the building blocks of a perfect wardrobe. You know the ones: the jeans you wear on repeat, the leather jacket you layer over every wedding-guest dress and the black heels you wear to any important meetings (to name a few). So whether you’re looking to start over or simply wish to update an old favourite, shop our picks now. Keep scrolling to see 15 of the chicest wardrobe staples.

#1: Perfect White Tee

Style Notes: Whether you’re layering this under a slip dress or just wanting to go classic with a pair of jeans, the white crew neck is an easy starting point.

#2: Crewneck Sweater

Style Notes: Okay, so cashmere sweaters aren’t always the easiest to look after (tip: Always wash by hand and squeeze excess water with a towel), but they look the smartest even when worn with jeans. It’s the knitwear that works for a summer night but under coats for winter.

#3: Skinny Jeans

Style Notes: Skinny or slim, straight-leg jeans are still very much in style, whether you've always been into them or not. Try yours now with a statement blouse and heels.

#4: Black Pumps

Style Notes: When it comes to shoes, black pumps are perhaps the most reliable and versatile option—the most of-the-moment detailing includes kitten heels and slingbacks, but you can still opt for the classic too.

#5: Bright Crossbody Bag

Style Notes: The funnest bag you'll own but will make any outfit feel more polished. For work or a night out, this bag translates for pretty much every event you can think of. 

#6: White Button-Down

Style Notes: Always a smart choice. You can absolutely never go wrong with a white shirt.

#7: Pencil Skirt

Style Notes: The good news about the pencil skirt is that it’s moving out of the office and into your weekend look. We love the piece after-hours paired with a slinky silk cami or T-shirt.

#8: Leather Jacket

Style Notes: Of course bikers go with jeans but make sure to dress down your smart frocks with it too. 

#9: Classic Watch

Style Notes: Not a jewellery fan but want something to give your outfit some extra oomph? Try a classic gold watch that will last you forever.

#10: Wrap Dress

Style Notes: This is a dress shape that will stand the test of time. Plus, the silhouette is universally flattering.

#11: Elegant Flats

Style Notes: Heels don’t have to be the only way to look smart. A classic pair of flats can do the job just as well—and for many years to come if you invest wisely with a top-quality pair like these.

#12: Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

Style Notes: Sunglasses trends come and go, but one thing always remains popular and looking good in this department: tortoiseshell finishes.

#13: Ankle Boots

Style Notes: It's easy these days to find a pair of ankle boots that suit your personal style: whether you want a more statement pair in black like these or something chunky to stomp around in, cowboy-inspired or super minimalist.

#14: Tailored Trousers

Style Notes: Tailored trousers don't have to be black, so make sure you find a colour that suits your tastes.

#15: Trench Coat 

Style Notes: Everyone looks cool in a trench coat. Fact.

Next up, the biggest S/S 20 fashion trends you need to know. 

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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