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5 style staples you need in your wardrobe

From a trench coat, to white shirt and the perfect pair of jeans - here's how to rework the classics

By Michael Temprano, 29 September 2017
5 style staples you need in your wardrobe

Key pieces that stand the test of time are the building blocks of any wardrobe. The trick is to invest in classic items that can be worn season after season. It’s about mixing and matching them with a variety of separates to put a fresh spin on these hero items.

Here are our top must-have pieces and how to wear them now. 

The trench coat

Traditionally a smart piece of outerwear used in the army, the trench coat dates back to 1850. Since then it’s seen many a reincarnation in different fabrics and colours, giving it a feminine edge. 

The latest update turns the elegant classic on its head, giving it a new lease of life and a chic urban spin. 

 

trench coat

Pair this hero item with sporty separates, like this grey hoodie, metallic joggers and lace-up trainers, for an instant sports luxe-look, perfect for on-the-go cool.

The blazer

Often seen as part of a suit or the go-to for dress down Fridays with jeans and a white tee, the blazer is a wardrobe staple. Want to look less girly? Wear over a slouchy knit and long loose-fitting trousers for a chic take on androgyny. 

Blazer

Give this must-have a fashion twist and wear belted over a dress, sleeves pushed up and collar popped. Take it one step further and up your fashionista credentials and tie your blazer around the waist, after all it looks miles better on you than the back of the office chair. 

The white shirt

Don’t underestimate the power of a basic white shirt. With a little imagination, the humble staple can be revamped with styling tips and tricks. From a simple popped collar or a slight tuck, to the more adventurous wrap-top look or back to front, and even wearing as a bustier, bardot or one shoulder top.

It also works as a perfect layering tool. For up to date style wear your shirt under a roll neck or a bralette, cami or tee and pair with cropped trousers and ballet shoes.  

White shirt

 

However, if it’s a low maintenance update you’re after go for the slouchy trend and buy one a few sizes bigger, and if all else fails raid his wardrobe!

 

The jean

They’ve been around forever and have made it all the way up from being a manual worker’s uniform to modern day wardrobe essential. We all know that finding a perfect pair is like finding a trusty hairdresser, once you’ve found them you can’t imagine life without them.

But if you do want to invest in a different pair this autumn, go back to basics and invest in an elegant black pair in this season’s bootcut silhouette.

Black flared jeans

Channel the 70s trend and show your layering skills by wearing with platforms and a jumper under a sleeveless tunic dress and woven heeled sandals for an instant style update.

 

The trainers

The sports luxe trend is everywhere at the moment, and this means that trainers are no longer confined to the gym.

When it comes to choosing a fashion trainer, the options are endless. If you’re new to the look, start off with classic white high top plimsoles.

White high top trainers

They’re super versatile, and as well as going with jeans, skirts and dresses, they also work with low-key tailored looks like coats, pleated trousers and a slogan top - it offers the right amount of understated cool without trying too hard.

Feeling inspired to update your wardrobe? Make sure you stock up on everything you need at George or pop into your local store