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Style Picks : The top 10 wardrobe essentials


By Maz Durbin

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There is a timeless group of chic wardrobe essentials that will see you through any sartorial crisis.

These are the ‘stayers’ – the pieces that you will call upon the most and can be relied on to deliver style in spades.

We have compiled collections of each of the 10 essential chic wardrobe items for you. Perfect for taking some time out of your busy day to relax and have a browse, don’t you think?

P.S. How many of these essentials do you have? Let us know what’s in your wardrobe that you simply cannot do without!

The three-quarter length capri trouser is hands down the most versatile pair of trousers you will ever own.

Choose a sleek silhouette or feel light and breezy in a more voluminous style.

left Etro Capri Trousers $410.00 
right J Crew Silk Trousers $971.00

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An easy way to inject ‘chic’ into your everyday style is to invest in a tailored jacket.

Easy to team with jeans or tailored pants, your jacket will be called on time and time again.

left Topshop Rolled Sleeve Blazer $64.00
right CC Pebble Corduroy Jacket $238.00

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This style of top can be dressed up or down at will.

A classic neutral colour ensures it will go with anything you already own, while a pop of colour keeps your look fresh and contemporary.

left Coast Esther Frill Blouse $120.00
right Mango Scarf Effect Bouse $48.00

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A classic cardigan is a trans-seasonal must. It’s perfect for layering in winter, and ideal for those mild summer evenings.

left DKNY Buttoned Cardigan $293.00
right J Crew Cashmere Cardigan $238.00

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Timeless and chic.

What more can you say about the Little Black Dress?

left Mango Lace Cocktail Dress $104.00
right Milly Aviana Sateen Dress $623.00

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If there’s a simpler way to make a style statement, then we haven’t found it!

Keep a bright scarf at the ready to wear with summer tees and jeans or tailored pants and jacket. Versatility at it’s best!

left Isabel Marant Scarf $249.00
right Dickins & Jones Scarf $56.00

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There are going to be those summer days when you can’t bear anything more against your skin than a light summer dress.

Dress down for the beach or up for a twilight alfresco dinner. Either way, you’re covered.

left Topshop Danielle Dress $61.00
right Oasis Pleated Belted Dress $56.00

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The classic trench coat will be a lifesaver in any wardrobe. They are perfect for layering and say ‘chic’ in any language.

Burberry trench coats have long been considered the benchmark in quality and style, however there are other stylish options available.

left Burberry Marylebone Mac $1659.00
right French Connection Trench $340.00

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Not everyone is comfortable in skinny jeans so the bootleg cut is a wonderful alternative.

Wear with boots or heels, the bootleg jeans will carry you through most of the year in style.

left Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Barbara Bootleg  $104.00 
right Citizens of Humanity Kelly Jeans $209.00 

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A classic pencil skirt is perfect for meetings or casual summer style.

This super-flattering style can be worn with flats or heels. Choose a texture or bold print for that added ‘glam’ factor.

left Untold Printed Pencil Skirt $82.00
right Jason Wu Jacquard Skirt $1246.00

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Maz Durbin - to view all of Maz's blog post click here

With a background in business management, graphic design, textile homewares design and retail Maz has converted her love of fashion – that started with her first issue of Vogue at the age of 15 – into fashion blogging. She is also mum to three moggies, LOVES a really good cup of tea, chocolate finger biscuits, and anything made from tweed.