Building an excellent wardrobe takes time and patience. Looking at what you have – and what you might be missing – is a good place to start (refer to Vogue’s step-by-step wardrobe detox guide for tips).
However, there are certain timeless staples that the Vogue editors swear by. Let’s start with the basics: white T-shirts are team Vogue’s MVP. Find a style that fits just right, focusing on the hemline and sleeve lengths. Excellent shirting, too, is a necessity. Pair with trousers, a blazer and loafers – other clothing essentials – for smart occasions, or jeans and trainers for more casual moments.
Outerwear-wise, you can’t go wrong with a trench coat. Twists on the classic silhouette from Kassl Editions and Another Tomorrow are worth the investment. As for bags? Opt for a sturdy tote that’s roomy enough to hold all of your personals.
Here, Vogue’s guide to the clothing essentials that will serve you all year round.
The white T-shirt
“I’m forever looking for the perfect white T-shirt because I pretty much wear one every day,” remarks British Vogue’s global content lead and European deputy editor Sarah Harris. Follow her lead with our pick of the best styles.
Finding the perfect jeans is no mean feat, but great ones will last you a lifetime.
An oversized blazer
When done right, louche tailoring can be exquisitely chic. Our tip? Ensure the oversized fit doesn’t swamp you.
The trench coat
There’s a reason why trench coats have stood the test of time. Easy to throw on, they instantly pull a look together.
No jewelry box is complete without a great pair of hoops.
The do-it-all tote bag
Tote bags are an accessory that you can trust. These roomy styles will fit anything and everything.
Facing a footwear conundrum? Loafers are your answer.
Roll-necks are the ultimate layering piece. Pair with a thermal for extra warmth on chilly days.
The maxi skirt
Mini skirts were a key trend for SS22, but maxi skirts will always be in style. Pair with boots and a coat for winter, and sandals with a tucked-in T-shirt or tank top for summer.
The slip dress
An effortless option for an evening soirée, slip dresses can be made work-appropriate with a snug knit.
Tailored trousers are a failsafe office essential. If off-the-rail styles don’t fit quite right, visit a tailor to make tweakments.
Almost any outfit can be dressed down with a pair of trainers. New Balance 990s are the ultimate “Dad” trainer among the It-girls, while coveted Nike Dunks and Jordans will add pizazz.
The white shirt
Never underestimate the quiet power of a white shirt. Be it clean and crisp poplin or breezy linen, there’s one for every situation.
Breeze your way through 2022 in a flowing pair of wide-leg trousers. If a hemline is too long, get it altered (or alter it yourself).
No longer reserved for gym outings, let black leggings be your style companion in 2022.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk