With the cold weather setting in, it’s time to plan your winter wardrobe. You may want to invest in core pieces now, so you have the foundational building blocks needed to create fashion forward outfits. Helen Beaumont reveal five staples every woman should have in her wardrobe.
You can make any fashion statement you desire with a plain white t-shirt. Untucked and paired with distressed denim, it can turn you into a rebel. If you team a close-fitting t-shirt with a cute cardigan and elegant black trousers, it can make you sophisticated, yet laid back. These pieces are especially handy in winter, as plain white t-shirts can be layered with anything from blazers to tank tops.
Over the years, fashion icons ranging from Audrey Hepburn to Alexa Chung have professed a fondness for classy ballet flats. These shoes work for any occasion, whether you pair them with jeans and a t-shirt in the day, or decide to wear them with a beautiful cocktail dress in the evening. You can also store these shoes easily in your handbag, slipping them on when you’re tired of wearing stilettos.
Little black dress
With a little black dress, you can mix high end and high street like a pro. These pieces serve as the perfect canvasses, allowing your designer items to take pride of place in your outfit. Little black dresses are also fantastically versatile. They work just as well with statement sunglasses and colourful hats in the summer, as they do with elegant military coats, turtle necks, trousers and boots in the winter.
What can you do when you have a fantastic outfit, but it needs a little extra something? You could don a black tailored blazer, which brings any outfit together. These pieces work great in professional settings, as they are standard office wear. But tailored black blazers also go fantastically with more casual outfits, as well as glitzier pieces and can also help you ward off the chill on a cold winter night.
Denim is both a trend and a staple. While you should avoid flashier denim pieces when looking for foundational clothing for your wardrobe, simpler items can work really well. According to Glamour, darkwash denim jeans are a wardrobe essential. Not only do they go with anything, from t-shirts to blouses, they are really slimming and work for any event, when paired with the right accessories.
When buying staple pieces, always keep tone in mind. It’s wise to opt for clothing in monochromatic shades, which never go out of style, so you can create a timeless look. You can use these pieces as building blocks, throwing in dashes of more vibrant colours and patterns as your mood, circumstances and current fashion trends demand, developing really innovative outfits that are sure to impress.
About Helen Beaumont
Helen Beaumont’s career started at Camberwell College of Art, where she studied the History of Art and Design, specialising in costume during her final year. After completing study, Helen became a costume buyer for theatre and opera. She has since become a professional costume designer, with a keen interest in period clothing. Throughout her career, Helen has created authentic costumes for prestigious companies such as the Universal Studios, Disney, BBC, Tiger Aspect and the Young Vic Theatre.