Cult classics

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The shirt, the shirt dress and the wonder knit: this season’s cult buys are steeped in the classics. Good news, there’s more than one way to wear these five staples…

This season’s cult buys are steeped in the classics



With the power to turn a pared-back outfit into a polished one, the white shirt is the stylish staple to be worn on repeat. But it doesn’t have to be archaic – find a slim-fit design with contrast piping or tie-neck detail, or both. It will elevate the basics already in your wardrobe – from skinny jeans to stretch-knit skirts.

For day: Pump up the volume. Wear it with wide-legged trousers and mules for the office.

After dark: Leave the neck tie undone and style it with berry-hued leather leggings and black heels – because, date night.



We’re championing the edgier sister of the basic knit. It’s a borrowed-from-the-boyfriend jumper that will see you through the greyest days of winter, with ribbed detailing, strategic cut-outs and endless cosy appeal. It’s the updated knit that deserves a place in your wardrobe for the chillier months to come.

For day: Pair it with skinny black jeans and over-the-knee boots for an easy, effortless finish.

After dark: Tuck it into a bold-coloured midi skirt with a sweeping asymmetric hem. Style it with pin-thin stilettos.



From leopard to zebra, animal prints have found their way back into the spotlight. And the best way to wear them is to think small, whether it’s a patterned belt or a fringed printed scarf.

For day: A printed belt is a chic, no-frills way to add definition to a black shift dress or stretch-jersey jumpsuit for the office.

After dark: A tiered black dress paired with a leopard-print box bag is just what a night on the town calls for. Soft, smokey eyeshadow is a must.



Plaid, gingham, tartan: the checked skirt (and its many iterations) shows no signs of checking out, pun intended. Buy a checked tweed skirt with a billowy asymmetric ruffle now and love it forever.

For day: Style it with a contrast-check blazer, a short-sleeved silk top and lace-up shoes.

After dark: A tucked-in graphic tee is the perfect casual counterpart. Just add a bold lip and statement bag.



Forty years on and still going strong, the wrap dress is an essential for every shape and size and a welcome break from the basic LBD. Invest in a silk-charmeuse wrap dress in teal or taupe. It will drape beautifully over the body.

For day: Get creative. Layer a loose cream cashmere jumper on top and offset it with soft-pink boots.

After dark: Go polished. Team it with barely-there sandals and an embellished clutch for cocktail hour.