“Oh you work in fashion? It must be so hard deciding what to wear everyday”. One of the most common phases I hear due to being a stylist; but this really isn’t the case, I am a 10-minute blitz and out the door kind-a-girl, and the reason being, I rely on key wardrobe essentials that I literally wear over and over.
Whilst I love a trend, don’t get me wrong, more often then not the monthly pay just doesn’t stretch far enough to invest in every single one, I don’t think the size of my wardrobe would cope either! So to make getting dressed a total breeze no matter what the occasion, ensure you have every one of these in your wardrobe and be the uber cool, stylish babe you always knew you could be…
1. The LBD - That's Not So Little Anymore
Of course, we've all heard it before, every girls needs a little black dress. Well, it's actually true. They are the fail safe back up for any party or event, it's just that us fash-gals like them a little longer and looser. Silk camis or off-the-shoulder ruffles are the way forward. You can even team with a roll neck underneath in the winter to ensure you really get the most out of this dress.
Available at Ganni | £85
2. A Great White Shirt
A crisp white cotton shirt that's slightly oversized and with a great cuff can be the start to every great outfit. Wear 'half tucked' into tailored trousers for a clean work look or unbutton a little with jeans and a heel for the weekend. Don't forget you can even take it on holiday and it'll double up as a bikini cover-up.
Available at Elizabeth & James at Net-a-Porter | £310
3. A Checked Blazer
This is one jacket you quite literally could wear with everything. It'll totally smarten up your jeans and tee on the weekend and will complete a mini dress on the weekend. As it gets colder into the winter, our top styling tip is to do the "double jacket", and wear your blazer under your usual coat.
Available at Zara | £59.99
4. A Flat Leather Chelsea Boot
And not just any kind. They have to be black leather (not suede), super minimal and have a wide opening at the ankle. Ideal with jeans or to give a little edge to summer dresses - these will come out year in, year out. They're also great for festivals as they scrub up really well afterwards.
Available at And Other Stories | £125
5. A Designer Cross Body Bag
A cross body bag is THE most practical yet stylish bag around. Keeping you hands free whilst completing any outfit. It's totally worth a splurge when it comes to buying one of these – if you wear nothing else designer, just this one piece can lift your whole look.
Available at Marni at Matches | £1190
6. A Cashmere Jumper
This will be your favourite wardrobe item out of them all. Simple but cosy, be sure to look for a slightly oversized shape to snuggle into and team with jeans, skirts, over dresses and even with your track pants on a Sunday. Need we continue? To dress it up a silk neck scarf and lashings of fine gold necklaces looks super cute.
Available at Uniqlo | £69.90
7. A Great Striaght Leg Pair Of Jeans
If there's just one expensive pair of jeans you buy (and you should), it needs to be a slightly high waist with a straight leg. MiH's cult jean is the perfect cut with a great level of stretch, to suit almost any figure. They're also not going to lose their shape for a very long time so definitely worth the investment.
Available at Mih Jeans | £185
8. A White Tee
A decent white tee is a total essential. Round neck and slightly slouchy, this is every stylish girl's must-have. Layered under dresses for daytime or with a pair of jeans and heels for a laid back evening look - just make sure this one sees the wash. We're also totally into men's t-shirts if you want a more masculine edge to your look.
Available at Gap | £21
9. Everyday Jewellery You Don't Take Off
One of the most important components to your look, is the special pieces of jewellery you layer and wear everyday. Another piece worth spending on (or perfect for the Christmas list), these will last you as long as you wish to wear them. Tiny earrings or rings that you can mix and match will give your look a personal signature.
Available at i+i at Net-A-Porter | £390