7 Classic Wardrobe Staples Every Woman Needs
Invest in these timeless high street pieces to save pennies year on year…
1. Cashmere Jumper
Both super-snug and soft on the skin, the cashmere jumper feels more like a beauty treatment than a classic closet staple. Layer up this thin sweater by working a shirt underneath it for the office or keep things simple by letting the luxe fabric speak for itself and team it with your favourite pair of denim jeans. One of the most sumptuous (but best) investments you'll ever make, ensure you spend a little more on the plush texture. It's totally worth it.
2. Chunky Watch
Arm-candy comes in many forms. Sure, gorgeous tote bags and pretty evening clutches are high on our agenda, but nothing quite exudes glamour like an oversized watch. Whether you love a bit of bling or metallic's more your thing, there's an abundance of affordable jewellery on the high street to take your wrist from plain to pretty in one fell swoop.
3. Statment Blazer
Every wardrobe needs a trusty blazer to rely on in times of need. The right cut can transform an off-duty look into something seriously cool or act as the perfect smart addition to your work wardrobe. Throw over jeans and heels to make a fashion splash or pair with tailored trousers for an instant suit. Versatile, but more importantly totally wearable, this go-to overcoat needs pride of place in your closet.
4. A-Line Skirt
The go-to style that not only fits but flatters every body shape – all women need to own a beautiful A-line skirt. Luckily, they're bang on-trend this season so you have a huge high street batch to choose from but rest assured, they're also an absolute classic that will work for years on end.
5. Classic Tote Bag
With each SS14 clothing drop comes a new wave of satchels, shoppers and clutches to choose from but these delicious new buys, nice as they are, may not always work with the rest of your wardrobe. We're not saying don't get lured in by the call of a pretty, on-trend tote but ensure you have at least one classic handbag that goes with everything. For a failsafe option stick to black, white or brown. Like we need an excuse to invest in a gorgeous new bag, eh ladies?
6. Tailored Jacket
Inject some femininity into your wardrobe this spring with a ladylike tailored jacket. Easy to dress up or down, the structured shape isn't only perfect for your capsule wardrobe thanks to its fashion flexibility, but the fixed fabric makes for a stronger silhouette. Cropped, nipped or zipped, try on each style to find the best sartorial pick for you – you'll rely on it forever.
7. Simple T-Shirt
The humble t-shirt; never to be underestimated. Every time you have a wardrobe crisis or a 'what to wear' panic (we all have them weekly, right?), this simple staple should be faithfully waiting in your top drawer ready to save the day. So, spend time finding your favourite material, shape and fit then invest in every colour of the rainbow – particularly the classic hues. You'll wonder how you ever lived without that plain black tee, trust us.