Come rain or shine, summer is coming, and I’m not complaining.
There has been a lot of discussion about the ethics of ‘fast fashion’ and how ‘high street’ stock ranges last for less than a month. Their turnover is so quick. But which items of clothing stand the test of time, going way beyond being a five-minute trend?
As the shops start to fill their rails with S/S collections, here are some of our timeless designer investment pieces that represent value on a “cost-per-wear” basis and never lose their allure.
The Burberry Trench Coat.
A simple classic. Works with everything.
The Burberry Scarf.
I know it’s springtime but we do have the odd chilly day.
It’s the signature check that we all love.
The Chanel 2.55 Bag
Instantly recognisable and Chanel’s most iconic bag. Timeless elegance and versatility. I have one.
The Calvin Klein Slip Dress.
Kate Moss was the first to wear this timeless 90s minimal slip dress. It became the symbol of laid-back grunge chic. I want one.
Converse All Stars.
Understated cool basketball sneakers which have stood the test of time. I have a couple of battered pairs somewhere upstairs.
The Chanel Tweed Suit.
Coco Chanel designed this twin set in the 50s and its still as desirable for the successful woman.
The Fendi Baguette Bag.
Carrie from Sex & The City carried it and it then became the “it” bag of the 00s. Still as popular.
The Hermes Birkin Bag.
Named after Jane Birkin, 30 years ago, this is the most exclusive accessory the world. Shoppers need a Hermes sales history in the store before you can even attempt to buy one. The staff will meet you, assess how serious you are (and how wealthy) before you go on their list. Costs thousands.
Boyish charm with rebellious allure. Ripped or faded.
The Gucci Loafer.
I am a sucker for these. I have the backless versions. Even the Queen wears Gucci loafers.
The Monolo Blahnik Pumps.
Again, thanks to Carrie, there are copies everywhere. The go-to court shoes for dressing up but not trying too hard.
The Maxmara Camel Coat.
Simple, chic and timeless. Works with everything.
The Prada Backpack.
This was launched in 1984 and it’s still the ultimate stylish rucksack for travelling
Ray ban Aviators.
My fave sunnies ever. They suit every face shape and give any image an instant cool makeover. Yes, I have a few pairs. Sunnies in all shapes and colours come and go but these remain.
The Breton Stripe Tee.
Kate Moss made this her look. With grey skinny jeans, skinny tie and an old pair of UGGs, it’s a wardrobe staple.
The Gold Rolex.
Victoria Beckham is the queen of the gold Rolex and this retro time piece will live forever. Exudes luxury and retro wealth.
The Cartier Love Bracelet.
Born in the 70s, a subtle yet understated elegant piece which adds glamour to any outfit. I wish I could wear mine as an arm band – very Studio 54.
The Diane Von Furstenberg Wrap Dress.
She claims she designed this without a zip so that it was quick and easy to put on, after leaving your one-night stand still snoring. Flattering and effortless, it will never go out of style.