Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Wear Forever Fashion

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There are classics that every wardrobe should include, according to the Telegraph's Bibby Sowray.  Here are her top ten wardrobe staples to keep you looking stylish... 

The Camel Coat
Put simply, the camel coat is the mother of all outerwear. Its appeal is two-fold; it's practical and enduring - it's warm in winter but is equally as appropriate draped over the shoulders at a spring or cool summer's day wedding thanks to its pale hue, something that sets it apart from its black and navy counterparts. 

The White Shirt
So simple, yet so essential, the white shirt is the foundation of any wardrobe. It's also the most multi-functional item, taking you from work to play with just the quick unfastening of a couple of buttons. 

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Ballet Pumps
Gamine in shoe form, the ballet pump has never really gone away. They're simple, classic and elegant and as fitting with a full midi skirt as they are with a pair of ankle-cropped jeans or a mini skirt.  And they are comfortable to boot!

The Cashmere Crew Neck
If you only have one jumper in your wardrobe, make it a cashmere crew neck . The style is a failsafe staple that goes with everything, and you'll find yourself coming back to it year after year - simple really doesn't go out of style. 

The Leather Jacket
A leather jacket will see you through all four seasons, whether its layered under a wool overcoat during the chilly months, or draped over your shoulders in the summer. Loved for its ability to toughen up pretty dresses, dress down full-length pieces and give any outfit an edge, it's worth investing in classic biker style.

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The Breton Stripe Top
We have Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel to thank for the popularity of the Breton striped top, or marinière as it is traditionally called. It has since become a symbol of Parisian chic that has never gone out of fashion, its iconic status further cemented by wearers including Brigitte Bardot, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso and Audrey Hepburn.

The Dark Wash Jeans
Jeans are the foundation to most of our wardrobes, and a simple way to stop yours dating is to opt for dark-wash denim. Where stonewashed, ripped and coloured denim go in and out of fashion season to season, dark denim is much more enduring, whatever cut you prefer for your shape.

This classic lace-up shoe is a true go-with-all, whether it's jeans, tailored trousers, tights or bare legs. Sturdy, smart and practical, a good quality pair will serve you well.

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The Tuxedo Jacket
Ever since Yves Saint Laurent's Le Smoking rocked the world in 1966, the tuxedo has been a recurrent trend in women's fashion. One of the most influential and iconic designs in history, while the look as a whole still maintains its allure, the jacket alone has become a breakaway hero item that works just as well as part of the total look as it does worn over a evening dress or paired with denim.

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The Tailored Trousers
A simple, straight-leg tailored trouser with front pleat is a great alternative to jeans, and a staple piece to have in your wardrobe. Wonderfully, they go with every top but allow you to look smarter for those days when you've got a meeting, and with heels make an elegant evening look.

To read Bibby's article in full click here

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