STYLE // Everyday wardrobe heroes

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

My taste in clothing has definitely changed a lot through growing up and going to university. Nowadays, I'd like to think of my personal style as being a lot more classic, since I've come to realise the importance of having good solid wardrobe staples. These are the pieces that have become the backbone of my wardrobe, because I wear them each season and depend on them the most. They are my style heroes! Anyone who knows me well enough will have seen me wearing every single item on this list on a very regular basis. Here are my top five most important wardrobe essentials and why I love them so much.

Black turtleneck
If I'm ever unsure of what to wear, a black turtleneck jumper with black skinny cigarette trousers, an A-line miniskirt or jeans is always my go to outfit. It's both instantly wearable and effortlessly chic. The black turtleneck is a style staple of super-cool 1950s and 60s beatnik fashion - One of the subcultures I am most inspired by when it comes to my wardrobe! This garment was also something of a uniform for the artist Andy Warhol. If you want a masterclass in how to wear the black turtleneck, you should check out Audrey Hepburn's iconic look in the film Funny Face, because that's pretty much all of the inspiration you're ever going to need. It's such a simple yet timeless everyday look which never fails to make me feel amazing.

Breton top
The Breton top is a classic piece, which I believe everyone should have at least one of in their wardrobe. Anyone and everyone can look great in a breton: men, women, children, the elderly... etc. It's a wardrobe must favoured by some exceptionally stylish people (past and present) including Brigitte Bardot, Coco Chanel and Alexa Chung. You can wear it with boyfriend fit jeans, capri pants, denim overalls, a little leather mini skirt... Anything at all, really! The endlessly versatile breton top is the perfect item to bring for any holiday or weekend break too, especially if you have to travel light.

Pointed loafers
I have a pair of white pointed flat loafers that I wear to death. They're quite worn as you can probably tell from the picture. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do when I eventually have to throw them out. They look good with absolutely everything, but I love them most worn with my go-to turtleneck outfit - because why not wear all black everything with white shoes to throw people off a little? I also have a pair of black pointed leather slippers which were a Christmas gift from last year. They're much smarter looking, and look cool worn with an oversized white shirt.

Tortoise shell sunglasses
Over the years, I've been through many different pairs of sunglasses, because I'm also not really at the point in my life where I think it's practical to spend good money on something that could be so easily lost or broken. This means I get to buy a cheap 'n' cheerful new pair every year or so, which is alright with me since I can be so indecisive. One thing has remained the same: my love of tortoiseshell plastic. At the minute I have a nice cat-eye style pair from Topshop, which only cost me £16. Not only is this one of the most iconic shapes for sunglasses, it's also my favourite too.

Denim jacket
I have two denim jackets that I wear: Firstly, there's a clean looking, classic fit number from Acne which I only just purchased a couple of months ago. While that may have been expensive for a denim jacket, it's actually the other one that's totally priceless to me in comparison, since it was my Dad's when he was a teenager - It's so old that I think it might have even been vintage back when he bought it! It became my Mum's jacket when they started dating, and then finally became mine when I was an angsty 15 year old. I thought I was the shit with this super vintage jacket on, and wore it all the time. Between the three of us, it's definitely been to a lot of gigs (It's probably seen The Smiths!). This jacket has been a crucial part of my wardrobe/personal style for 8 years now and - while I have added a shiny new designer brand one to my wardrobe - it's still just as important to me today as it was then.

What are some of your favourite wardrobe staples? I'd love to hear them - Comment below.


  1. Love all of these, great choices. My go to wardrobe stapes are literally anything with stripes, black jeans and a nice coat!

  2. I love this look, especially the striped shirt! You should take a photo wearing this!

    xoxo Emily

  3. I totally agree that all those items on your list are almost wardrobe must-haves!
    I love wearing turtlenecks, too, because they just almost go with everything, make you look kinda chic and stylish and are kind of timeless. Also loved that story of your 2 generation vintage denim jacket btw. :)


  4. These are absolutely perfect and timeless staples, Emily.
    I would go for stripes any day as well. My most loved items that have become staples in my wardrobe are: my skinnies, a button-up shirt and my pencil skirt.
    xox Nadia

  5. I love all your wardrobe staples! I have a few but I've yet to find the perfect striped shirt. & mine would be my black skinnies, for sure.


  6. I identify everything about this post, especially because I'm minimalist and I don't care if the look that I use today is the same of last week, no anymore. It's freedom, creativity and state of spirit that moves me now.
    Your essentials is mine too!

  7. so good! love all the items

  8. Gorgeoussss items!! You have such an amazing fashion sense, and your writing style is so enjoyable to read
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky