4 Timeless Wardrobe Staples Every Woman Should Own

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Hannah Roche

Building a solid wardrobe of timeless yet unique pieces has never been easier with the influx of contemporary designer interpretations of certified classics.

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 Read through below for my personal top picks you need in your wardrobe now.


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(Credit: Hannah Roche)

Although undoubtedly a work-wear mainstay, the crisp cotton shirt as been catapulted to everyday-essential status in recent times with designers across the board putting their own spin on this classic. Statement sleeves, exaggerated French cuffs, oversized cuts and an endless array of colours and prints now mean you can own several and never look like you’ve repeated an outfit.

The key to shopping this piece? Look for relaxed, man-style silhouettes with unique detailing (much like this pinstripe Anna Quan number I am wearing) that feel structured yet light in fabrication – you want to be able to wear it all day without feeling restricted or weighed down.


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Never one to venture far from iconic wardrobe status, the humble straight-leg jean has seen its strongest revival yet over the past few seasons. You can approach this piece from multiple angles thanks to the ingenuity of contemporary designers like Vetements, 3×1, M.I.H. and Current/Elliott, to name just a few, with each lending their own offbeat spin on the classic.

The key to shopping this piece? Keep rises in the mid to high range for the most flattering and versatile fit and be on the lookout for innovative fabrications or detailing that give the piece that little extra lift.

You can shop my personal favourites by Current/Elliott I am wearing right here.


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(Credit: Hannah Roche)

Almost too classic a staple to command a mention, the trench coat is an enduring icon in the timeless wardrobe stakes. Long championed by veteran fashion-houses like Burberry and reworked by more contemporary brands like Acne Studios, Vetements and The Row, the trench now presents in a myriad of hues and silhouettes, yet still with that timeless and versatile nature that sees it dominate the outerwear industry season after season.

The key to shopping this piece? Go for a version that really makes a statement, whether that be in colour, print, cut or detail – this is such a classic piece you can afford to go a little offbeat without the risk of looking overdone.

You can shop the RAEY trench I am wearing exclusively at here.


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Finally, if there is one shoe that has solidified its essential status within just a few seasons it is the block-heel loafer. A collection mainstay for the likes of Gucci, Prada, Tibi, Jil Sander, Stella McCartney, Marni, Tod’s (the list goes on), it is not difficult to see the appeal in this piece. Simultaneously comfortable and elevated, sleek yet practical, the block-heel loafer delivers that solid hit of androgynous versatility with subtle feminine overtones – an especially helpful balance for those who love the idea of loafers yet need a little bit of heel.

The key to shopping this piece? Keep heel heights under the three-inch mark to ensure everyday practicality and once again look for interesting silhouettes or detailing to make a sure yet subtle statement.

You can shop my Dorateymur loafers I am wearing right here.

Also wearing Barton Perreira sunglasses + Gucci Dionysus Chain bag.

Photos by Hannah Roche.

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