17 Classic, Elegant Wardrobe Staples

In my teens and early twenties, my style icon was Paris Hilton. Need I say more? As a result I have made many, many style mistakes over the years. But more importantly, I had a lot of fun doing it!

These days I find myself turning towards a more modest and classic style, favouring smart trousers and soft sweaters over tight dresses and miniskirts. I’m now more inclined to look towards Audrey Hepburn for style inspiration, and prefer the current minimalist style of Mary-Kate and Ashley over their previous wild boho looks.

This change in attitude has actually saved me money as I no longer chase after fleeting trends, filling my wardrobe with clothes that will only be worn a couple of times. I’m now much more methodical and thoughtful when purchasing new items, and my bank account is much happier!

I’ve rounded up a selection of the most versatile, classic items in my wardrobe that make it a breeze to get dressed in the morning. These pieces can be mixed and matched and go with pretty much everything – consider this a shopping list if you’re looking to upgrade your personal style.

Black Blazer

Honestly, I rebelled against purchasing a simple black blazer for the longest time. It just seemed so boring, and way too formal for my day-to-day life. But when I spotted this All Saints blazer, I knew I had to have it.

The relaxed fit looks great with jeans and a t-shirt, while also dressing up a smart pair of trousers and heels. I can already tell I’ll be regularly reaching for this piece for years to come!

Gold Necklace

A simple gold necklace can instantly upgrade your outfit and make you feel more pulled-together. I love my classic Return to Tiffany necklace, a birthday gift from Elliott – while it’s definitely on the more expensive side, it makes even a plain t-shirt and jeans feel extra special.

Diamond Ring

There’s nothing that makes me feel more adult than looking down at my hand and seeing that beautiful sparkling diamond.

Elliott designed my engagement ring at Brilliant Earth, an ethical jeweller with the most stunning pieces. I can’t wait to add a gold wedding band to my finger this year!

Nude Trousers

Another recent purchase, these nude Zara trousers have definitely earned a place in my wardrobe. They’re versatile enough to be dressed up or down and look great with a pair of loafers and a simple top.

Black Belt

You can’t go wrong with a simple black leather belt. I love this one from ASOS, as I’m hesitant to spend a lot of money on something that I will inevitably wreck.

Belts are great for pulling an outfit together, and I always make sure to match the gold accents to my jewellery, It’s the little things!

Light Blue Jeans

On casual Sundays spent running errands, there’s nothing better than throwing on a pair of blue jeans. I prefer lighter denim tones as they look softer and more feminine, and I always stick to the classic skinny style such as these Topshop Joni jeans.

Black Sunglasses

They may be a little outdated these days, but I’ve always loved the look of huge black sunglasses.

I’ve had my eye on these 60’s-chic Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses for a while now, and I think they’re going to be my next purchase.

Camel Coat

Camel coats are, in my opinion, incredibly sophisticated. This one from Mango ticks all my boxes – soft, warm and the perfect shade of light brown.

Black, White, Grey and Beige Tops

A quick peek into my wardrobe will reveal a carefully curated collection of neutral-coloured sweaters, t-shirts, bodysuits and turtlenecks. They’re so easy to style and look great with pretty much everything – of course I love a pop of mustard yellow and rust orange too, but we’re sticking to the basics today!

Black and Grey Face Masks

Listen, I hate COVID-19 as much as anyone else. But we can’t deny the impact that these nasty little virus has had on our outfits – specifically, face masks.

It is possible to look good while wearing a face mask, as long as you choose a high-quality one in a colour that matches your outfit. I find black and grey look good with almost anything, and this shop on Etsy sells soft masks that are specifically made for smaller faces.

Black Loafers

In my teens and early twenties, I assumed that high heels were non-negotiable in the pursuit of looking elegant. The only problem was, I absolutely hated wearing them!

When I discovered that loafers look just as classic and pulled-together as a pair of heels, my feet were incredibly relieved. I have a pair from Kurt Geiger that go with absolutely everything, and never fail to dress up even the most simple outfit.

Loungewear

In the age of COVID-19, a good collection of loungewear is essential. I’m currently obsessed with this soft, oatmeal-coloured DKNY set and have to force myself not to wear it every day.

Gold and Leather Bracelets

Gone are the days when I would fill my jewellery collection with trendy costume pieces, which would last for approximately one season before being discarded. Now that I’m in my early thirties I probably have the smallest jewellery collection known to man, but each piece is high-quality and carefully curated.

I love my simple Heart of Gold bracelet and black leather Heritage bracelet from Kate Spade – they go with absolutely everything and make even the most simple outfit look a little bit fancy.

Black Handbag

I’ve been eyeing up a particular Chanel bag for years, but I just can’t justify the price when we’re planning to purchase a house and pay for a wedding! For now, I’m more than happy with my La Bante vegan leather handbag – it’s classic, simple and perfectly structured.

Diamond Stud Earrings

Back in my early twenties I was a huge fan of long, sparkly earrings. These days, they aren’t really my style!

I prefer a simple pair of diamond studs, like these earrings from Etsy. They’re so dainty and understated, and I couldn’t be happier with them.

Black and White Shirts

I recently said a sad goodbye to my much-loved classic black and white shirts. After serving me well for close to a decade, they had been looking a little shabby as of late.

I’m now on the hunt for the perfect replacements, as my closet just doesn’t feel complete without these versatile staples.

So there you have it – a sneak peek into my wardrobe! I hope this list serves as inspiration if you’re feeling a little bored with your current style, as these classic and elegant pieces will serve you well for years to come.

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