While trends come and go, there are certain pieces that stand the test of time, season after season.
These classics not only serve as the solid foundation to a wardrobe, they offer a go-to solution for those days when you’re just not sure what to wear.
From basic, everyday staples to investment pieces that will last a lifetime, here are a handful of the must-haves every gal should have in her closet — whatever the season.
The Basic White Tee – his or hers 😉
Chances are you have at least one plain white shirt in your closet, if not a whole slew of them. And why wouldn’t you? Incredibly versatile, super comfortable, and a must-have for layering, the basic white tee can be worn solo or paired with just about anything.
If you haven’t updated the essentials in a while, now is the perfect time to go through your wardrobe and refresh your capsule collection with a new tee or two.
Stick with a classic silhouette or opt for something a little more daring by incorporating a current trend for a twist on the basic white tee — think an off-the-shoulder neckline or a subtle ruffle accent to give this simple staple a bit of pizzazz.
The Tailored Jean – what every gal needs
Is there anything better than a pair of jeans that fit just right?
If your answer is something along the lines of “well, come to think of it, slipping into denim that perfectly hugs my every curve is one of the most satisfying experiences ever” then you need — emphasis on need — a pair of tailored jeans in your life, for more than one reason.
Not only are jeans notoriously difficult to shop for (they rarely fit perfectly right off the rack), they’re arguably the one piece you’ll get the most wear out of during every season.
So, choose your favourite brand, cut, and wash, and then get thee to a tailor for well-fitting denim that’ll take you from date night to weekend errands to casual Friday at the office.
The Printed Midi – a delight all through spring and summer
Equally feminine, demure, and flattering, the printed midi skirt lends sophistication to any basic top (like the aforementioned white tee) without being too overwhelming.
And, like any good fashion staple, the printed midi can be dressed up or down, making it supremely versatile in any setting.
Wear a fuller skirted midi with a chambray button-up and chunky wedges for weekend brunch or an afternoon of shopping.
Alternately, choose a midi that features a pencil silhouette and pair with a crisp top, fitted blazer, and classic pumps for an ensemble that is ideal for your weekday rotation.
The Trench Coat – for those cheeky stormy summer nights
As far as investment pieces go, the timeless trench is one that is worth every penny.
This all-season outerwear essential is lightweight enough to wear over a sundress on the occasional rainy spring day but also works just as well over a cozy cable-knit during the chillier winter season.
Plus, its weather-proof material is perfect for transitioning between seasons. Considering the trench coat’s ultimate versatility and iconic silhouette, it’s no wonder that this simple style has become a feminine classic for women all over the world.
Choose a neutral hue or opt for a pop of unexpected colour — either way, the trench coat wears well with everything from jeans and trainers to a dress and heels.
Words by Karen Peterson