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The Classics Capsule: 9 Wardrobe Foundations That Never Date

The power of classics form our style manifesto – it’s the reason Wardrobe ICONS was launched. So, ahead of the new season we’re taking a moment to reiterate their brilliance and show you a few fresh ways of wearing them. Use this as a cut-out-and-keep guide when styling up your own classics, or as a helping hand when investing in new ones.

The Perfect Blazer
Like all classics, the blazer excels in versatility; there's hardly an outfit combination it doesn't work with. The trick to finding one you'll wear on repeat is to be fastidious about fit and fabric – both need to be spot on. Navy works dressed up and down, making it a clever choice for straddling dress codes. To make yours feel current, style it with a pair of high-waisted, straight-leg jeans in deep indigo.
The White Shirt
As classics go, the white shirt is an original. Layer it under a blazer now (put a fine roll neck underneath if extra warmth is needed), then pair it simply with jeans and loafers next season. If you're in need of a new one, opt for good-quality cotton. A long-line, relaxed fit will prevent it from looking like a school uniform.
The Statement Watch
As elevating details go, a beautifully crafted watch is perhaps the pinnacle. Breitling is a go-to for the kind of pieces you'll wear forever and then pass down to future generations. This is a considerable investment, but one you only need to make once, so opt for a timeless style with a simple face and bracelet. A watch with both white and yellow gold will complement your entire jewellery collection.
The “Every Occasion” suit
Suiting provides the perfect solution for any situation when you want to look polished. Pick a comfortable fabric that doesn't crease and is in a versatile neutral colour. The beauty of this duo lies in the ease of styling; add a shirt and loafers for the office, then switch to a T-shirt and trainers for out and about.
The Transeasonal Trench
Unsurprisingly, a trench coat is at the top of our classics list. We've discussed the timeless attributes of this coat for years, but some things are really worth repeating. This style works well with many pieces and will take you throughout the season into spring. Opt for a traditional cut in camel and invest in the best quality you can. For the colder months, premium wool will keep you warm and last.
The Long Boots
Every wardrobe will benefit from a great pair of black boots, but to ensure they stand the test of time, it's worth looking out for a few things. Make sure the length hits just below the knee so as not to cut you off at your calf. Invest in premium leather with a polished (not shiny) finish. Stick to a heel height that looks elegant but is walkable. Keep them free of detailing – the exception being heritage-inspired hardware, which adds a classic touch.
The Denim Jumpsuit
As well as the one-step-dressing ease, the appeal of a denim jumpsuit is that it can be worn all year round. When it's cool, slip a fine roll neck underneath and layer on a coat; during the warmer months, style it with a light trench and bare ankles. Keep the silhouette clean, detailing minimal, and choose a dark wash, and you'll find it never feels dated.
The Gold Earrings
It's the balance between statement and wearability that makes these gold earrings special. While the outsized cable links add a wow factor to all of your other classics, they aren't overly shouty, so they can still be worn every day. They also have a heritage appeal that gives them a timeless feel. Even smarter is the inclusion of convertible links that can be reconfigured into the formation of your choice, providing a variety of styling options.
The Sports Luxe Trainer
Trainers have undoubtedly joined the ranks of modern wardrobe classics over the past few years – it's hard to imagine getting dressed without them. While a sportier shape might not be obviously timeless, in white, they become the perfect shoes to make your smarter pieces feel fresh. Keep them pristine by spot cleaning stains with a baking soda and water solution.
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