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10 Habits for Truly Timeless Style

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Timeless fashion is all about creating a wardrobe built around seasonal staples that will last you a lifetime. Sticking to versatile pieces, such as dresses, midi skirts, shirts, jeans, and blazers is essential when creating a capsule wardrobe that can be worn again and again. 

There are a few simple tricks to help you to create a truly timeless clothing collection, by sticking to prints, shapes and styles that we see repeatedly each year across the same seasons. For instance, floral dresses in summer, leather jackets in autumn, or sequinned occasion wear throughout the festive period.

To help you build your timeless capsule wardrobe, we’ve collated 10 habits to try to ensure your favourite pieces will stand the test of time.

1. Stop Obsessing Over Trends


Reach for classic ankle boots, straight-leg jeans and graphic t-shirts are all perfect staples to create countless outfit combinations that will never go out of style. Timeless statement pieces will become your go-to items as they don’t look like you’re trying too hard.

Sticking with these pieces means your looks will never go out of trend, yet you will always have a chance to express your personality through your choice of clothing. Dressing effortlessly and forgetting about fast-fashion styles that everyone else may be focusing on is key to achieving timeless fashion.

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2. Grab Some Beautiful Classic Shoes


No timeless wardrobe is complete without classic shoe styles that will pop with every outfit. Investing in staple pairs, such as boots, brogues, and trainers will add the perfect finishing touch to your everyday looks. 

When choosing timeless footwear you should select an array of shoes that will take you from season to season - pairing floral dresses with sandals in summer and layering up with jeans, tailored blazers and boots in winter. Classic shoes are an effortless choice within timeless fashion.

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3. Don’t Overdo the Accessories


A few statement accessories are key to bringing any outfit to life - just be careful not to overdo it! Wearing too many accessories can easily overpower your look, so stick to a select few that subtly enhance your outfits instead.

Grabbing a classic belt will help to cinch in the waistline, giving you a fabulous silhouette in just about anything. Why not finish off the look with a chic pair of oversized sunglasses? These will give you a classy, bold touch to your timeless styles.

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4. Find the Perfect Fit


Timeless fashion is about making every outfit look effortlessly well-put-together, so focusing on creating stunning silhouettes is a top tip! For women, choosing an asymmetric blouse will help you look taller, making it a particularly flattering piece when styled with some simple denim jeans and ankle boots. 

For men, tailored pieces are the number one way to find your perfect fit in blazers, shirts, trousers and waistcoats. Altering your pieces so that they are made to measure will not only add that timeless finishing touch but also encourage you to reach for them for many years to come if they’ve been specially tailored to you.

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5. Invest in Glamorous Statement Pieces


Whether it’s a bold blazer, a fabulous midi dress, or a stylish leather jacket that’s packed with personality, investing in stand-out pieces for your wardrobe will not only leave you feeling confident but putting your own unique spin on each look means you will never have to worry about turning up in the same outfit as someone else!

Outerwear is often the first thing people notice about your style so incorporating high-quality coats and jackets into your capsule wardrobe will enhance every look you wear effortlessly.

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6. Feel Fabulous in Layers


There are layers of possibility when it comes to timeless fashion. The basis of any look is a top, a bottom but adding further pieces to your outfits is a sure way to express your individual style. Simply throw on a chunky knit cardigan or jumper as the perfect layering piece for countless casual looks. Cosy knitwear cardigan will keep you warm through winter, autumn, spring and summer, whilst adding a casual element to your timeless looks. 

Layer up with a waistcoat or add a classic, vibrant jacket for a stylish outfit that will work for multiple occasions. Layers are essential within a timeless wardrobe as they can effortlessly take your outfits from day-to-night.

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7. Dress Up Denim with Vibrant Prints


Denim styles will always have a place in anyone’s timeless capsule wardrobe. Dress up your jeans with graphic tees, men’s patterned shirts, and all your favourite floral prints. Spice up your denim with heels or knee-high boots and add a patterned blouse and a blazer to elevate your look. 

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8. Avoiding Blatant Matching is a Must


While it might be tempting sometimes, there is no need to match your shoes and bag to your outfits. Simply style dresses with nude or black accessories or use similar undertones and textures that complement each other to enhance your fabulous outfits. 

Of course, black and navy (or even black and brown) can be worn together, but make sure you are sticking to similar tones so you don't overdo it. Wearing just one colour or floral print is a brilliant way to make you stand out and show off your glamorous personality, without seeming like you are blatantly trying to force everything to match.

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9. Master Your Proportions


Find your unique style whilst also mastering your proportions. When styling your timeless clothes the key is to not divide your body directly in half. Strive for thirds and find your divine proportions and beautiful colour balances that will flatter your figure. Say you have a loud, floral blouse on top you will want to balance this out with something quieter, such as a simple pair of black jeans.

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10. Save Up and Invest


The best way to build up your perfect timeless wardrobe is to save and invest in high-quality items that can withstand the test of time. Make a list of what items you need and be willing to invest in those glamorous pieces that you are sure to love all year round. 

A capsule wardrobe will not only last, but it will save you pennies in the long run as you won’t feel the need to purchase a whole new outfit for every occasion. 

Get out and find your favourite fabulous pieces to help create your timeless looks!

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