Trends come and go, but staple pieces are forever. Banish wardrobe woes and create your wear-everywhere capsule with these runway-approved investment pieces that are taking the style set by storm
Return of the Max
Gen Z may have cancelled the skinny jean, but fashion is getting its own back with the return of a nostalgic noughties staple: the denim maxi skirt. An integral part of the transitional wardrobe, elevate for evening with thigh-high boots and a crisp shirt or keep it casual with a white tee and ballet flats. If you find the maxi length restrictive, opt for a silhouette with a slit or flared hem. Naomi Campbell, Emily Ratajkowski, Nicky Hilton and the Hadid sisters have all given the trend their sartorial stamp of approval. If it’s good enough for them.
A tank top? In autumn? Hear us out. Living in the Middle East has taught us to be prepared for any and all weather conditions: sweater weather in the morning, sweltering in the afternoon, unpredictable minute-long rainstorms and freezing indoor spaces emphasise the importance of layers. This underrated separate has achieved MVP status this season thanks to its endless versatility; throw a cashmere cardigan over or team with tailored shorts and box-fresh sneakers. Loewe’s viral tank has stolen the show on social media, but Prada, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu have worthy versions, too.
One of the Boys
Comfortable, flat footwear is having a (welcome) renaissance with ballet flats and sneakers filling the wardrobes of the fashion pack. However, if you’re searching for a dressier option that will stand the test of time, the loafer is a shoo-in. In keeping with the utilitarian, tailored collections of Autumn/Winter 2023, menswear-inspired loafers made appearances at Tod’s, Max Mara, Miu Miu, Armani and Ferragamo. Nothing whispers quiet luxury quite like a loafer, and its wearability is unmatched; it perfectly pairs with baggy denim, band T-shirts and tailored blazers for both off-duty days and lunch meetings that turn to evenings on the town. Not your father’s loafers, invest in the season’s experimental embellishments, chunky heels and fun-loving brights.
Blaze of Glory
The blazer never goes out of style. Season after season it parades down runways — albeit with tweaks and twists — and remains a go-to for both the working wardrobe and casual jaunts. Oversized, nipped in, plaid or neon, there are a plethora of options for every aesthetic. Play with juxtaposition and layer masculine silhouettes over delicate slip dresses or go traditional with head-to-toe tailoring
The Long Game
Unless you’ve been living under a rather large rock, you will have seen Gucci’s Horsebit bag taking the street style set by storm during fashion month. Its elongated shape offers a style switch-up from the micro bag trend (and actually holds our essentials), and it seems other Houses are going long, too. Loewe, The Row, Jil Sander and Stella McCartney have all debuted iterations of the season’s favourite shape. Whether you favour eye-watering hues, conversation-starting textures or a minimalist approach, there are plenty of possibilities with this investment piece.
- Words by Savanna Smith