The world’s most famous timeless clothing pieces

Fads come and go, but some fashion trends have stood the test of time for decades — but which styles are we talking about?

If you’re looking for a fresh look, why not try reinventing the classics? Discover the most iconic fashion pieces and how you can incorporate them into your individual style using this timeless clothing guide.

Pencil skirt 

What better way to show off your to-die-for curves than in a figure-hugging pencil skirt? This fashion piece has been particularly useful over the years at helping women feel confident and empowered at business meetings, work conferences and important interviews.

The pencil skirt is almost always associated with powerful women at work, but it doesn’t have to be. If you fancy incorporating the pencil skirt into your off-duty wardrobe, slip on a knee-skimming length in a pastel colour and wear it with a bardot top and waterfall jacket. Alternatively, high-waisted styles teamed with a fitted blouse and sophisticated black heels make sure the boardroom knows who’s boss.

Jeans

Whether you’re a straight-leg girl or you’re only into skinny fits, jeans are every woman’s savior fashion piece.

The funny thing is, jeans have been around for about 70 years if not longer — and yet, we’re still coming up with ways to style them. Go for a straight leg with sneakers and a graphic tee or hoody to rock the cool and casual look or prepare yourself for a night out by teaming skinny dark jeans with an off-the-shoulder top, clutch bag and stiletto heels. Remember; hourglass body shapes look especially incredible in a high-rise jean, pears are best suited to a slightly flared style, and petites can rock a skinny, mid-rise jean.

Little black dress 

The LBD is probably the most famous of all women’s dresses. Flattering in colour and versatile in design, an LBD will make you feel amazing and look perfect at any event — from shopping days to hot dates. As fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld, said: “One is never over-dressed or under-dressed in a little black dress”.

You can make your demure and elegant LBD pop in a crowd by customising it with shimmering jewellery and killer heels or wedges. Having a laid-back day? Team a black skater dress with cute pumps and a faded denim jacket to get the perfect balance of chic and grunge.

Leather jacket 

Every woman has a trusty leather jacket that she can pop on when she’s headed out for drinks or a restaurant date. Contemporary and retro depending on your choice of design, leather jackets are timelessly stylish and have been a huge part of women’s fashion since the 1970s.

There’s such a variety of leather jacket styles, that how you wear it and which one you go for really depends on you as an individual. Biker leather jackets look amazing with skinny jeans and a plain tee or blouse. But then, the cropped design perfectly shows off high-waisted trousers and belts, or why not style it with a cute checked or pretty floral midi skirt for an unexpected twist?

Neutral pumps

Flat pumps are the ideal foundation to a huge range of cute, chic and casual outfits. They’re just as good as a base to a jeans-and-tee combo as they are to a skater dress and denim jacket outfit. If you’re not a fan of heels but want the perfect finish to your look, pumps are your best bet.

From skirts and shorts in the spring-summer season, to jeans and leggings when the temperature cools, pumps complement anything you want to throw on. Get creative and try pumps in bold colours or with metallic and diamante embellishments to make yours stand out.

Denim jacket 

Denim is one of fashion’s most loved and used fabrics. The denim jacket is most commonly associated with 1980s’ fashion, but it’s been transforming in sync with new fashion movements for many years.

You can bring a host of different looks and styles into your overall appearance when you incorporate a denim jacket. Dark blue designs look amazing over plain maxi dresses, and wearing them with animal patterns, such as leopard or snakeskin print, works perfectly. Go for a boxy, oversized style and rock a dressed down look, or add feminine mystique by wearing a mini, laced dress and cute flats.

Trench coat

The trench coat was made famous across the world when Audrey Hepburn donned it in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Since then, fashion designers and style-conscious women have used the outerwear piece to bring a sense of elegance to their looks.

Trench coats give you a business-ready, formal look that’s perfect when the occasion calls. Delivering a flattering feminine outline, wear your trench coat over any outfit and use the belt to pull you in at the waist. Whether you pair your trench with jeans and ankle boots or formal skirts and heels, the trench coat will infuse your outfit with panache.

Boots 

We’re lucky to have such a huge variety of boot designs at our fingertips. If you’re looking for a shoe that can take you from season to season and day to night, the boot is your best friend. Ranging from ankle to over-the-knee, boots carry us from work to home and season to season with no fuss or effort.

Go for a suede pair of chunky-heel, ankle boots with a pair of super-skinny jeans and a boho blouse for a retro-contemporary vibe, or dress to amaze with a pair of stiletto boots and a midi dress. Buckle boots with a chunky block heel give you the perfect lift when you team them with tights, skater skirts and denim jackets, too.

White shirt

From floaty numbers to formal fits, the white shirt gives us something to reach for when we have limited time to prepare. From boxy styles to tailored fits, the iconic ladies’ dress shirt has carried us effortlessly from work to play for decades.

Want to evoke a sense of power and confidence? Get a tailored design and tuck it into a pencil skirt, before finishing the look with court shoes featuring mid-sized heels. If you’re looking to take your shirt out of the office and into the weekend, wear a lantern-sleeve style with jeans, flats and a plain kimono.

Keep these iconic, timeless fashion pieces in mind the next time you’re browsing for style inspiration.

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