Update Your Wardrobe With Timeless Classics

There are many so-called timeless fashion outfits, but not every piece can justifiably label itself a “real” classic. If you have some of these treasures in your closet, but you don’t know how to combine them with the rest of your contemporary wardrobe, take a look at our styling suggestions.
THE TRENCH COAT
how to combine CLASSICS & NEW DESIGN - The Trenchcoat
First worn by British officers in World War I, the trench coat was originally designed to protect military officers from harsh weather, and then became famous in a modified version for civilians, too. It may sound like a fashion cliché, but the trench coat literally never goes out of style. Conjuring images of a rain-soaked Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 classic movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it’s the byword for old-school glamour. Throwing on a trench coat just makes you look effortlessly put together, and it’s perfect for almost every weather condition. The most recognizable version is the Burberry trench coat, a classic that’s been refined over the years and can be spotted on streets all over the world. Avoid that all-over khaki look by combining your classic item with some easy, colorful pieces like a cozy sweater and backpack instead of a shopper. A pair of fashionably distressed denims with killer heels makes the look even cooler.

Credits: 
Trench coat: Burberry; sweater: “Winona” by Idea; shades: Ray Ban“Clubmaster”; jeans by H&M; suede pumps by Tom Ford (via MyTheresa); matte lipstick “Actrice” by Dior; backpack by Mansur Gavriel.
 

THE WHITE SHIRT

How to combine CLASSICS & NEW DESIGN - The White Shirt

Let’s call it the mother of all essential garments—we’re talking about the white shirt. You could fill a closet with variations on a button-down, but if you’re looking to buy one that can perform double duty, a designer shirt, such as one from Equipment, will last for decades and is worth the investment. Its cut is oversized enough so that you can wear it over slim cigarette pants, but it’s not so big that you can’t do the half-tuck into a pair of denims or culottes. Combine the delicate piece with some massive boots or boyish trainers, and wear your hair loose. Best partner in crime: a huge dark, matte tote bag.

Credits:
Shearling vest by Nobi Talai (via Stylebob); tote bag AB 36 by PB 0110; essential white shirt by Equipment; “Pretty little Bra“ by Blush; rouge “In Love“ by Chanel(via Douglas); check pants by Fabiana Filippi; sunglasses “Me“ by Viu x Saskia Diez; “Masha” boots by Dr. Martens; Nike Air Max Jewell sneakers (via MyTheresa); denim jeans from Frame.

THE LOAFER

How to combine CLASSICS & NEW DESIGN - The Loafer

Thanks to the massive Gucci comeback with creative director Alessandro Michele, loafers and moccasins are on the menu again, especially the brand’s iconic Horsebit loafers. To avoid looking too bourgeois, swap the skinny raw denims or suit pants for some relaxed sweatpants. And go for some sporty, playful pieces to create an eclectic, rather than preppy, look.

Credits
:Horsebit loafer by Gucci; “Open Mouth” shirt by Odeeh; cap by Supreme; “Eye“earring by Delfina Delettrez; “Imagine” scarf by Ayzit Bostan; “Sorbet” sunglasses by MiuMiu: “Sailor” pants by Adidas; “Eyes” mini-bag by Anya Hindmarch; nail polish by Uslu Airlines.

THE BRETON SHIRT (CHANEL)
how to combine CLASSICS & NEW DESIGN - The Breton Shirt (Chanel)
French style is all about timelessness. So, the navy-and-white striped shirt is a perfect example of how an item of clothing can last forever and trump all the trends. This simple garment did not originate in Paris, however—it was the Bretons who first wore the nautical stripe. The person who finally catapulted the design into high fashion was Coco Chanel in 1917, when she was spotted wearing one of the striped tops. With the help of French new wave film director Jean Luc Godard and his heroines Brigitte Bardot and Jean Seberg, who sported the Breton stripes in his iconic films, they soon caught on everywhere. Today, the iconic print is widely recognized as “French“. And because the French never put a foot wrong when it comes to style, we would recommend following their rules, instead of trying to throw contrasting things together to create a new look. Stay classy with palazzo pants and some masculine accessories!

Credits
Picture of Coco Chanel (1917) via Chanel; Breton shirt by Armor Lux; bomber jacket by Maison Margiela; sunnies by Christopher Kane; fedora by Maison Michel; palazzo pants by Michael Kors via net-a-porter; “Elyse” platform ankle boots by Stella McCartney; “Chloé” vegan nail polish by OZN.
 

THE SLIP DRESS

how to combine CLASSICS & NEW DESIGN - The Slip Dres

It was unquestionably Chanel that invented the “Little Black Dress”—but it was Calvin Klein that was responsible for giving the slip dress a serious makeover in the 1990s, essentially turning it into a casual-looking nightie. He sparked a brand new trend for underwear as outerwear. Since then, the famous dress has been modified annually, and is today a classic in the Calvin Klein repertoire. Many other designers, from Céline to Dries van Noten, are following the trend in these ‘90s-embracing times by adding lingerie-inspired dresses to their collections. To underline the out-of-bed look, we recommend some cozy companions such as heavy knit cardigans and sneakers. To create some exciting contrasts, go for a rough leather jacket and knee-high boots—but no heels, please. That would be too much of a vamp.

Credits:
Slip dress by Calvin Klein; belt by Cos, “Ian” shearling jacket by Acne; bronzer by Victoria Beckham via net-a-porter; knee-high boots from Loro Piana; “Wata White Pierre” sneakers by Veja; “Gabo” bracelet by Ina Beissner; hand-knit “Karen” cardigan by Iris von Arnim.

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