From the hardworking white tee to the tailored tote bag, let's hear it for these ten timeless pieces that make our outfits wearable (and chic!)
Hands up if you’re guilty of splurging on trends while neglecting your versatile closet all-stars. Forget the IT items – at least for a while. If you find yourself constantly having “nothing to wear” moments (we feel ya!), it’s time to restock the closet with classic, all-purpose pieces that’ll never go out of style. Read on for our top ten picks of timeless sartorial must-haves.
Whether you like it scoop, V necked, loose-fitted or capped-sleeve, this utilitarian darling can be paired with anything from leather minis to masculine-inspired chinos. We can’t get enough of Uniqlo’s Supima cotton crew tee; it features a classic design and a slimming silhouette suitable for all body types.
Once considered a fleeting trend, the denim skinnies have now become a closet staple. This form-fitting fit may have serious competition from the boyfriend jeans and its wide-legged sister, but it trumps them all with its versatility and flattering appearance. We recommend a high-rise style in dark wash for the illusion of longer, slimmer legs.
Like its more casual counterpart, the white t-shirt, this functional beauty is often overlooked for more on-trend pieces. But don’t be fooled by its simple appearance. The universally flattering piece offers myriad outfit options and lends a crisp polish to any ensemble. Pair it with culottes for a masculine-inspired look (with rolled-up sleeves, of course) or layer it under an old dress to update your look.
Karl Lagerfeld once said, “One is never overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” The LBD’s silhouette and variety may have changed over the years, but it remains supremely chic. A uniform of choice for female icons over the years – Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn included – think outside the (little black) box to keep things fresh by switching up your accessories and layers.
The black single-sole heel
Patent, suede, kitten or five inch heeled, the single-sole black heel adds instant glam and sophistication to any outfit. Our dream pair – from shoe God Manolo Blahnik himself – is a tad (okay, totally) out of reach but thankfully, this classic design is available at plenty of affordable shoe stores.
The striped tee
No one does Parisian chic the way a true Frenchie does. But if you’re looking to emulate that effortless style, make the striped tee a mainstay of your closet. Dress up this basic with a blazer on a workday or pair it with a dramatic skirt for cocktails.
Classic leather jacket
We’ll admit it: this investment piece may not be entirely practical for Singapore’s often sweltering heat, but it’s a wardrobe addition that can seamlessly take you from day to night. We throw ours on in the office, after sunset when the weather’s finally breezy and never leave it home on our travels. Rock it with ripped skinnies, drape it over a mini-dress on a night out, or pair it with a white tank and roomy trousers on a lazy weekend.
An off-duty fave, the lightweight fabric and snug fit of the humble denim jacket makes this the perfect spring topper when matched with bright florals, flowy dresses and espadrilles. For a day of city wandering, throw it over a loose tank and pair with comfy black skinnies and sneakers.
Sneakers may be so in now, but white kicks are a forever style and complement any street-chic outfit. They go with everything, including midi skirts, ankle-grazing pants and any of the ten wardrobe basics on this *cough* useful list.
A black carryall tote
Nothing quite says effortless accessory as the tried-and-tested black leather tote. Roomy, spacious and sturdy, the timeless tote looks impeccable with everything, from a tailored, monochrome outfit to a lazy, Sunday brunch sandals-and-swishy-skirt ensemble.