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 (statement sleeves and mules right now, if you’re 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 every meeting (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
Whether you’re layering this under a must-have slip dress or just wanting to go classic with a pair of jeans, the white crew neck is an easy starting point.
#2: Crew-Neck Sweater
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
While skinny jeans aren’t as possible as they were a few years ago, they’re still a wardrobe must-have. Try a cropped version that is super flattering on many body types.
#4: Black Pumps
When it comes to shoes, black pumps are perhaps the most reliable and versatile option. These Manolo Blahnik ones are also surprisingly comfortable.
#5: Bright Crossbody Bag
For work or a night out, this bag translates for pretty much every event you can think of. As for the colour (red), it suits everyone.
#6: White Button-Down
Always a smart choice. You can absolutely never go wrong with a white shirt.
#7: Pencil Skirt
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
Seriously—a leather jacket will go with everything you own. That pretty dress you’re wearing to a wedding? Yep. Jeans? Of course. White shirt? You better believe it.
#9: Menswear-Inspired Watch
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
This is a dress shape that will stand the test of time. Plus, the silhouette is universally flattering.
#11: Neutral Flats
Heels don’t have to be the only way to look smart. A decent pair of flats can do the job just as well.
The ultimate accessory. Sunglasses finish off an outfit rather nicely, no?
#13: Ankle Boots
The ankle boot is a fail-safe option for any wardrobe. The ones we’re going back to time and again are white boots.
#14: Smart Trousers
While these might make you think of a school uniform, the truth is that you can wear these with heels or trainers, and you’ll always look good.
#15: Trench Coat
Iconic. Need we say more?
If you own all of these items, then congratulations—you win!
Opening Image: Maria Bernad