Survival of the Chicest: 28 Classic Items That Will Never Go Out Of Style

Emma Spedding

As an editor of a fashion website, I spend a lot of time reporting on new trends, new labels and new ways to wear things. However, sometimes you really never can beat a classic, and it's arguably more important to build a wardrobe that you'll love for years, if not decades. Thinking of the longevity of your purchases is not only a way to have a more sustainable approach to fashion but will help you to carve out a style that is timeless and feels truly you.

The idea of a capsule wardrobe created a real buzz around 2014 when a number of industry figures promoted a compact closet built of pieces that all perfectly match. There are 28 items that we think will always rise high above trends, making them the perfect pieces to invest in and add to your capsule (or not-so-capsule) wardrobe.

From the jeans that have been popular for decades to accessories you'll treasure forever—here are the 28 chicest items that will quite simply never die.

Black leather Chelsea boots are always elegant, and Acne Studio's Jensens are our favourites.

Acne Jensen Leather Boots (£410)

When it comes to denim, we believe everyone should own a pair of white jeans. They work year-round. 

Arket Ecru Jeans (£55)

As Burberry proves, a classic trench coat never goes out of style. 

Raey Batwing Split-Back Cotton Trench Coat (£695)

This was a wardrobe staple for Audrey Hepburn, too. 

Arket Striped Cotton Top (£35)

Another Audrey-approved buy? A little black dress that will last you decades if you opt for a classic shape. 

Zara Long A-Line Dress (£50)

When it comes to sunnies, Ray-Ban's wayfarers are a wear-forever investment.

Ray-Ban Wayfarer Black Sunglasses (£127)

When it comes to leather jackets, the Acne biker is the one you want hanging in your wardrobe. 

Acne Studios Mock Leather Biker Jacket (£1200)

White shirts aren't just for work, as they will slot into your beach and weekend wardrobes too. 

Joseph Gibson Cotton Poplin Blouse (£245)

A pair of tan leather sandals are a wardrobe classic—whether you go for Hermès Orans or a Zara equivalent.

Dune Loupe (£85)

A gold pendant is another chic item that will survive all your wardrobe clear outs.

Alighieri Il Leone 24kt Gold-Plated Necklace (£350)

When it comes to handbags, a Chanel 2.55 quilted bag is the definition of timeless. 

Chanel Grained Calfskin & Gold-Tone Metal (£4620)

These Gucci horse-bit loafers could feature in Eva Chen's signature pose for decades, as they are that timeless.

Gucci Brixton Leather Horsebit Loafer (£540)

Whatever age you are, a cashmere jumper is always considered a chic luxury. 

Arket Cashmere Roll-Neck (£135)

You might have to replace your white T-shirts regularly, but they will forever be a wardrobe building block.

Weekday Great T-Shirt (£20)

Belts might seem like a boring purchase, but they can actually make any outfit look so much more put-together. 

Acne Studios Masculine Large Logo-Buckle Leather Belt (£358)

Ballet pumps are the "skinny jeans" of the shoe world. They are making a comeback that this year in cool, fun ones and are definitely one of the trending flat shoe styles of this autumn.

Marks and Spencer Collection Leather High Cut Ballerina Pumps (£35)

When it comes to outerwear, a classic camel coat never dates. Especially if it's Max Mara.

Max Mara Manuela Coat (£1580)

As for jewellery, a pair of gold hoops are a solid investment—whether they are tiny, simple rings or a more statement silhouette.

Missoma Lucy Williams Gold Double Square Snake Chain Hoops (£139)

Simple white trainers—whether they're Veja or Converse—are also not going to date. 

Veja V10 (£115)

It's worth having a polka-dot dress in your wardrobe.

Gabriela Hearst Descartes Polka Dot Silk-Twill Shirtdress (£1595)

When it comes to dresses, a vintage-style floral tea dress will have a place in your wardrobe for years and years.

ASOS DESIGN Button Through Maxi Tea Dress in Floral Animal Print (£39)

A.P.C.'s half-moon bag is a timeless accessory, and it's under £345.

A.P.C. Half-Moon Leather Crossbody Bag (£355)

A printed silk scarf is the sort of item you'll pass onto your grandchildren. And the good thing is they can be styled in dozens of ways.

Zimmermann Printed Scarf Long (£190)

Black pumps are the pièce de résistance of trends, and you'll have them as long as the stilettos remain standing.

Topshop **WIDE FIT GEORGIA Black Court Shoes (£29)

Denim trends come and go, but skinny jeans remain timeless.

Topshop Indigo Leigh Jeans (£38)

Thankfully, there are plenty of double-breasted jackets around this season.

Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Double-Breasted Cady Blazer (£710)

Next up: Autumn/Winter 2019 Trends: The Only New Fashion Looks You Need to Know

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