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Have you noticed that, of late, every fashion magazine article and blog piece seems to be dedicated to wardrobe staples?
Fashion by definition is not about necessity or timeless pieces. It’s about change. It’s trends. It’s looking back at old photographs wondering ‘What the hell was I thinking?’ So why is the fashion world currently fascinated with style, refinement and wardrobe foundations to outlast fads, trends and moments of imminent regret?
Following on from the previous seasons allegiance to norm, core anti-trend trend, it would appear that setting a foundation of chic, considered and timeless pieces has become a bit of an obsession, a craze, a trend in itself. Not completely surrendering to the norm core philosophy of consciously dressing inoffensively and decisively mainstream head to toe, instead we are now acknowledging norm core strengths and promise of outlasting trends but pairing these staples back with seasonal pieces. Yes, We mean, those fashion pieces that will no doubt haunt our Instagram for years to come.
For those items not destined to haunt us, we have picked our own list of Winter Staples. Tried and true, these effortlessly chic pieces should not only stand the test of time but also ironically see you completely ‘on trend’ this season.
The Leather Biker
The White Shirt
Whether it’s crisp and buttoned to the collar or carelessly undone and relaxed, the white shirt is truly timeless and can easily adapt to any wardrobe.
The Leather Legging
The leather legging works perfectly with this seasons coats and knitwear. It also makes dressing effortlessly cool and easy when paired back with a simple tee and boots. Just like her biker jacket sister, the leather legging adds edge to any outfit; just make sure you don’t wear them together.
The Striped Tee
Always iconic and adaptable to any wardrobe, this classic was made for denim and neutrals. The stripe tee also adds tasteful quirk when mixed with prints, particularly floral prints. The trick when mixing with any print is to ensure the colour of the stripe is also present in the print.
The Long Boot
Not for the faint hearted the long boot is best paired with super skinny jeans or balanced with oversized dresses and knitwear. The aim is to look street style chic. Avoid wearing with tight, revealing and short dresses, skirts or shorts.
The Khaki Anorak
Khaki is key this season, but a trusty anorak will never go out of style. Favoured by models off duty, the Anorak gives carelessly cool factor to almost any outfit. Whether worn with jeans and flats or belted on over a skirt or dress, the anorak is the perfect trans seasonal throw on piece.
The Chunky Knit
Knitwear has been a key focus for the last few winter seasons. This season may be all about cool greys but a classic chunky fisherman’s cable in a neutral tone will always have you looking chic. Perfect to throw on over summer dresses or jeans, this season we are layering over slim fitting skirts or back with leather leggings.
Another fisherman’s friend, the Navy military inspired wool coat can give off rock chick cool, just like Emmanuelle Alt or preppy clean, ala Michelle Williams below. It’s all in the styling.
Regardless of sunglasses trends, the aviator will always give you edge. Favored by the fashion elite and celebrities alike the aviator will work back with any outfit and hides tired eyes perfectly.
About the author;
A senior womenswear buyer, lecturer, key note speaker and founder of Style Retailer. Lauren Jones has over 10 years buying experience, working across department store, David Jones and youth sector retailers General Pants co. and Glue Store. Specialising in women’s denim and fashion, Lauren has forged a successful career, consistently driving strong sales and margin result in a rapidly evolving landscape. Drawing on this experience, Lauren created Style Retailer, a fashion consultation business designed to help major retailers and independents alike drive competitive advantage and growth through solid buying practices.
Lauren also uses her vast experience to lecture at Sydney’s FBI Fashion College, teaching both Fashion Buying and Advanced Fashion Buying courses. Lauren is also a regular speaker at the Fashion Exposed seminars in Melbourne and Sydney and a regular contributor to leading fashion publications.