The 7 Must-Own Style Staples That’ll ‘Always’ Have Your Back
Sure, we love a ruffle-hemmed, petal-patterned, mustard-coloured tie front swing top as much as the next girl. And coincidentally, we just so happen to have something almost exactly along those lines over on New-In atm (I know, right… what are the odds?!). But equally important, if not slightly more so, are those must-own style staples that form the all-important foundations of your wardrobe. The go-tos, the fail-safes, the around-the-clock wins that’ll keep you going season-after-season, year-after-year, no matter what goes down on the catwalks. So whether it’s first thing Monday morning, or when you’re running 45 minutes late on Saturday night, these are the guys to call upon!
1. That Throw-On-and-Go Hoodie
More reliable than gravity (or a chicken & avo sarnie from Pret), that zip-up-and-go hoodie should be number one on your wishlist. Uber warm, mega comfy, and able to add a casj-cool vibe to pretty much any get-up, there’s few places on earth we’d be happy to trek without a trustee throw-on in the tote.
2. Those All-Purpose Trainers
Start from the ground up they say, and it certainly rings true when it comes to choosing those all-purpose trainers. Unlike a top or a skirt, you’re more than likely to wear these at least a couple of times every week, and so it’s important to make sure they’re an adaptable style that works with the majority of your drobe. Yes, Snoopy-speckled sneaks will always have a place in our heart, but you’re gonna, ahem… kick yourself when they clash with that authentic Bowie tee. Instead, stick with black (looks fresher for longer), and opt for leather for a lil’ luxe.
3. That Never-Fail-Me Black Dress
Yes, your mum still refers to it as an LBD and thinks she’s uber-modern for doing so (just wait til she adds a verbal hastag in front of it), but the fact remains, a little black dress is one of the most important staples of anyone’s wardrobe. We’d suggest steering away from the time-honoured bodycon, and closer to something more along the skater shape. A touch more modern, it can totally still do the whole heels and a clutch thang, but also works equally well with boots and a leather jacket for something altogether edgier.
4. That Wear-Anywhere Mini Skirt
A firm fave season after season – and has been since sometime during the sixties (S/O to Mary Quant!) – the mini skirt deserves a place in every wardrobe thanks to its fit-flattering shape and unrivalled wearability. Retro enthusiasts rejoice cos gingham’s top of the style slate right now, and this frill hem style ticks E-V-E-R-Y box.
5. Those Do-It-All Trousers
The time to ditch the denim is now, and it’s all thanks to these do-it-all black frill hem trousers. Sitting high on the waist for a flatter-all fit, the fash-pack’s fully embraced this deviation from the jean this season and is it any wonder? They work equally well with a tee and sneaks, as they do with heels and blouse, or even boots and a jacket. Now that’s bang for your buck!
6. The Year-In Year-Out Rucksack
Yes, the rucksack serves a practical purpose, but more often than not, it has the power to make or break an outfit, too, so don’t go throwing just any old thing over-shoulder! Once again, if you’re gonna be wearing this on a regular basic, probs best to go for something with more of a neutral design… such as this faux leather standout. That said, a lil’ detail – such as, I dunno, a row of metallic rings, for instance – certainly wouldn’t go amiss.
7. That Wear-With-All White T-Shirt
When in doubt, throw on a white t-shirt. Yes, you might need to be a little more careful slurping your mid-morning cappuccino, but it’s a fair price to pay for the ultimate in forever-cool.
Revamped for new season, this particular style staple comes complete with statement sleeves and snap-worthy ruffling to the hemline. Work it with downtime denim midweek, mules and a pair of culottes come the weekend. You’re onto an easy win either way.
Have we missed anything? Help out a fellow fash-enthusiast and jot down your take on the must-own style staples in the comment box below. And if that fail-safe section of your drobe could really do with a top-up, better make your way over to New In, stat!