9 Must Have Wardrobe Staples to take you into the New Year

At the start of the New Year we all tend to feel a bit like we need to tighten our belts both physically and metaphorically! So it’s unlikely we will be dashing out buying new clothes if we’ve spent a lot over Christmas – and in the sales. So how do you make your wardrobe feel fresh and lift your mood during this abysmal weather?

Well there are 9 pieces that have almost become wardrobe classics that always work:

  1. A camel coat that will work now and through to spring, it could be a Mac, Trench or wool coat
  2. A pair of dark rinse straight or skinny jeans – go for high waisted if you have over indulged during the festive season
  3. A classic pencil skirt, one with some stretch or flattering waist gathers
  4. Animal print – so popular now and around every season it’s almost become a neutral, go for accessories or a knit
  5. Pointed toe flats – this season’s answer to the now more dated ballet flat and they work better with a skirt or trousers
  6. A stripe or breton top in jersey or as a knit – classic navy and white always says spring and don’t be afraid of mixing prints
  7. A statement necklace – it makes the simplest jeans and T-shirt outfit more interesting and stylish
  8. A cashmere knit to wear with your pencil skirt for work and jeans for the weekend
  9. A signature scarf to keep you warm, add colour to your face and style up a plain coat or top

animal print, statement necklace, must have accessoires

And here’s how to wear them together:

essential wardrobe classics

Stripe top Jigsaw, Red pencil skirt Jaeger, Gold Necklace Adele Marie, Flat shoes Michael Kors, Trench Fenn Wright Manson

Cashmere jumper Pure Collection, Black pencil skirt Baukjen, Leopard print courts Dune, Necklace John Lewis

Animal print scarf Hush, Camel coat Fenn Wright Manson, Jeans Armani, Animal print courts Lucy Choi


Do you have any must have pieces that always work?


  1. January 7, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    I really like these selections, Maria. I think a red skirt – straight or full- would make the perfect wardrobe addition for me right now!

    • Maria
      January 8, 2014 / 12:48 pm

      Yes the red skirt is on my shopping list too – the weather is so bad I need a splash of colour. Thanks for your comments Patti.