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These are the only 4 items you need in your wardrobe, according to fashion insiders

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Fashion trends come and go but for these four women, there’s one piece they’re forever loyal to, regardless of the season.

Fashion trends come and go but for these four women, there’s one piece they’re forever loyal to, regardless of the season.

Lindsey Holland

The style blogger at ropesofholland.com on the magic of a white linen shirt.

A white shirt has the ability to make you feel ‘done’, even if you feel completely the opposite. It’s a classic piece that goes with everything: tucked into high-waisted denim, on top of a mini dress, with a racerback tank or over a bikini. I’ve always loved white shirts, but it took me a long time to find ‘the one’.

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My Asceno white boyfriend shirt is honestly perfect. I’ve had it for three years and have worn it every week since I bought it. In fact, I’m terrified of ever being without it, so I bought another one, and a pink version, too. It’s such beautiful quality, washes brilliantly – even sun cream that turns fabric that weird yellow colour comes straight out. It can look crisp and smart in the daytime, or I can chuck it in a suitcase and leave it a little creased for a holiday. It’s such a perfect cut. It’s fairly long – I’m quite tall – and is quite big, so I buy it true to size.

Style blogger Lindsey swears by her white linen shirt.
Style blogger Lindsey swears by her white linen shirt.

My approach to fashion has changed over the years. Whereas once I would have bought neon green socks just because they were on trend, I’m 32 now and know what works on me, how often I’ll wear something and how well it will last. I’m very careful about what goes into my wardrobe and I’m heavily invested in circular fashion so I buy a lot of vintage. I love Vestiaire Collective (vestiairecollective.com) and The Level (thelevelstore.com), which source amazing vintage pieces. It’s a brilliant way to shop. One of my current favourite labels is Goldsign Denim, an LA-based brand which is expensive but the jeans hold their shape so well. I also love the sustainable brand Ninety Percent for incredible basics.

If I feel like I have nothing to wear I look online for inspiration. Tumblr is my go-to; I look at archive photoshoots for styling tips. I make sure my wardrobe is well organised so it’s easier to get dressed in the morning and restyle things. I like to work with what I’ve got rather than buy something new. And it’s my Asceno shirt I always come back to.

Shirt, £225, Asceno

Monikh Dale

The stylist and influencer on finding love with a pair of Isabel Marant trousers.

Until last year, I was always in jeans – I love that effortless look but as I’m 5ft 1in they can be difficult to fit. Then I came across Isabel Marant Étoile’s Dobbs track pants and I’ve lived in them ever since. They even managed to pull me out of a killer hangover one morning as I wore them with a white T-shirt and shades and felt instantly cool yet so comfortable. In fact, I’ve worn them so much they’re coming away at the seam, so I’ve bought them in two other colours.

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They’re high-waisted with a straight leg and fit really well on the bum. I find anything that’s tapered really accentuates the hips, so these are super flattering. I’ve styled them with a silk vest and heels; with grandad sandals, a T-shirt and a cashmere jumper; and with a big multicoloured knit from Urban Outfitters (only £53 but looks like it’s by Rosie Assoulin) for a hippy vibe which I’m loving going into autumn. I like that you can play with different genres and silhouettes with the same pair of trousers. 

Monikh is a stylist and influencer
Monikh is a stylist and influencer.

These trousers are a high price point for me, but they’re worth the investment. Everyone has become more conscious of sustainability lately, which is amazing. Of course, I still run into Zara because it’s brilliant and not everyone has the ability to shop luxury labels, but for the things you’ll wear over and over again it is worth investing. My favourite brand ever is The Row. I only have two or three pieces, but the fabric is gorgeous and timeless and when I’m 70 I want everything I own to be from there.

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Fashion should be fun, but it should also always make you feel good and I know I have to feel comfortable – there’s nothing worse than having to keep pulling down fabric or pulling up straps. I send almost everything I buy to a brilliant seamstress called Diana at Scobies (scobies.co.uk) in Wandsworth, south London. If you love something but it doesn’t fit, take it to an expert and see if they can make it work. 

Trousers, £295, Isabel Marant Étoile

Ida Petersson 

The womenswear buying director at Browns explains why the perfect blazer is a worthy investment.

I have broad shoulders and a shape that’s not very ‘fashion’ so I’ve always wanted a jacket that fits perfectly and gives me some cover. About eight years ago, I found it.

Every time I put on my Saint Laurent blazer it feels like it was made for me. Of course, it was very expensive, but I have worn it countless times and it looks the same as it did the day I bought it. If I measured it by cost-per-wear it would be literally pennies by now. It has survived quite a few long, exciting nights. I see it on other people who aren’t my shape and it still looks great; it’s a genuine miracle piece. My husband is a pattern cutter so he always looks at what I buy and this has his seal of approval. He says the attention to detail is amazing.

Ida is womenswear buying director at Browns
Ida is womenswear buying director at Browns

In summer I wear the blazer with a cami and skirt or a dress, and if I’m going out in the evening it gives my outfit that elevation. It also looks super sharp with the matching tuxedo trousers. I’m typically quite a casual dresser but if I have high-profile meetings I can’t walk into them looking like a teenager, so I always take it on fashion trips to throw on. It instantly makes me feel more powerful and makes me look super ‘fashion’. I know it means business, but it’s also a lot of fun. 

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I tend to have two styles of dressing: one is a very tomboy style – late-90s Britpop mixed with skater/surfer culture – which for a long time I would never have got away with in fashion, and I’m so happy that now I can. But I also have a massive obsession with the 70s – long, flowy dresses, Studio 54 vibes, big coats and flares. My two fashion personalities really confuse my team. Oh, and I also have about 50 Hawaiian shirts.

As I’ve got older, when I buy clothes I definitely go for quality over quantity – and my blazer is the ultimate example of that. Sustainable, thoughtful fashion is the future.

Tuxedo jacket, £1,710, Saint Laurent

Elizabeth Von De Goltz

The global buying director at Net-a-Porter on why she’ll wear her favourite jumpsuit forever.

I love a jumpsuit, it’s such an easy way to dress. My job is so active, I’m either travelling to press appointments and shows or from meeting to meeting – I’m always running down cobbled streets in Paris – which is just another reason I love jumpsuits.

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I have at least eight, including a lavender linen Zimmermann one with balloon sleeves which I’ve been wearing a lot this season. I also have a few black-tie jumpsuits; they feel so much more modern than a gown. The only negative of wearing them is going to the bathroom.

I saw a photo of the Citizens of Humanity khaki [Marta] jumpsuit and instantly knew I would love it. And I did. The cotton is washed and a little worn, so it’s soft, very comfortable and easy to wear on both cold and warm days as it’s breathable. It actually has a waist, despite it being a loose fit, which is unusual for a jumpsuit – they’re usually fairly shapeless.

Elizabeth is global buying director at Net-a-Porter
Elizabeth is global buying director at Net-a-Porter

I roll up the sleeves and cuffs to style it, I don’t need to add anything. It works for every occasion. I’ll wear it on a plane with sneakers, in the office with black Birkenstocks, with leopard print heels and interesting jewellery for an event or with knee-high boots in winter. I will wear this forever. I’m a relatively classic dresser but I still like to be playful. I love a navy blazer, I love Breton stripes, I love a trench or a beautifully tailored camel or navy coat. I do keep buying boots though – that’s where I play.

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I absolutely consider sustainability when I’m getting dressed and always look closely at the fabric to make sure my wardrobe works really hard. I like to invest in pieces that I’m going to wear over and over again. This season, I’m obsessed with Bottega Veneta’s slouchy tan leather clutch and definitely want some slouchy boots to wear with it. I also love the return of menswear fabrics and tweeds worn in a modern way.

Jumpsuit, £450, Citizens of Humanity

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Alix Walker is editor-at-large at Stylist magazine. She works across print, digital and video and could give Mary Berry a run for her money with her baking skills. 

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