15 Wardrobe Essentials

Have a good look at your wardrobe before you purchase any Spring Summer 2014 buys. Could it do with an overhaul. Have a look at our 15 wardrobe essentials, and you won’t go wrong.

All wardrobes should have at least 15 wardrobe essentials  – items that will never let you down. These aren’t on-trend items, but classic pieces that will stand you in good stead for the first part of the year.  Our 15 wardrobe essentials range from coats, to skirts, the perfect jeans, to footwear and bags.

Jeans are a nightmare to shop for for many. Look for a figure-flattering pair. A long, wider legged, flared or boot-cut jean like these 1969 bootcut pair from Gap (£44.95) with a higher waist is one style that looks good on anyone. A classic Day Dress is essential. For work meetings, lunches, the school run, whatever the occasion, a simple one colour day dress works for everything. This teal dress from BHS (£19.50) won’t break the bank and is a great shape.

15 wardrobe essentials 3Boyfriend Tailoring has been all over the catwalks of late – the best way to buy into this trend is with a coat. Try a long-length coat, or an oversized shape like this coat from H&M (£54.99) A bold pair of court shoes look as good with jeans, as a dress, Try on-trend yellow like these from Faith @ Debenhams (£45). A sporty sweat can look as good with a pencil skirt, as a pair of jeans – try it, with this logo version from H&M (£19.99)

A classic white shirt is probably the top of our 15 wardrobe essentials list. With jeans, trousers, a midi skirt, buttoned to the neck with a statement necklace, or under a sweater, the classic white shirt has endless possibilities! This one is a simple classic from French Connection (£49). Like the white shirt, a classic trench coat is a true wardrobe staple. Beige is the perfect colour, like this one from H&M (£34.99).

15 wardrobe essentials twoA short-sleeved knit is the winter t-shirt of choice for fashion fans. Try this supersoft BHS number (£12) in Pantone colour of the year, Radiant Orchid. Animal print is so popular now, it’s one of our 15 wardrobe essentials. Phone cases (£4.99, New Look), tights (£4.99, New Look), loafers (£14.95, H&M), bags – try leopard, tiger or zebra prints. How did we ever live without a cross-body bag? Its an essential these days – chic meeting practicality. This structured black one from New Look is perfect (£15.99).

Leather is back and it’s here to stay. Leather trousers, and leggings are a great alternative to jeans for everyday wear. We love these French Connection biker leggings (£150). Pencil skirts are grown-up, on-trend, classic and feminine. And they look fabulous in a bold print like this one from Jonathan Saunder’s Edition range at Debenhams (£59). A parka is a classic piece – but wear it over your evening outfit to give it a new edge. This khaki one from New Look (£49.99)  ticks all the boxes.

15 wardrobe essentialsA classic Breton style top should be in everyone’s 15 wardrobe essentials. They look chic and stylish, go with everything. They’re French – how could they be anything but chic?! Black and white is a great colourway, like this one from H&M (£9.99). Finally, on our list of 15 wardrobe essentials, is a classic blazer – in navy. Navy is more versatile than black. This one from Crew Clothing (£150) is perfect.

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reductions