Get the basics right and you'll find looking stylish comes easy
Trends aren't for everyone. If you find the autumn/winter catwalk-influenced looks taking over the high street right now too faddy and fleeting, go back to basics.
Every wardrobe needs good foundations with hard-working staples that go the distance, whatever the season.
"Staples are the solution to take away those stressful morning wardrobe decisions," says Charlotte Pettican, buying director for Dorothy Perkins, which has just launched a Style Essentials capsule collection.
"These pieces should work with your current wardrobe to make you feel like you have a whole new outfit."
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Versatility is paramount: the beauty of wardrobe staples is that they can be dressed up or down effortlessly.
Take the short cut to a closet with long life by making sure it contains these eight essential items:
The white tee
Every wardrobe needs the perfect white tee, whether you're rock chick, prim 'n' proper or somewhere in between.
The biker jacket
There are countless variations on the biker jacket available right now, pictured, from Aztec textured to Crayola brights, but the safe option is always classic black leather.
The versatile knit
Let's fact facts, UK heatwaves and Indian summers are pretty infrequent so a knit that keeps you cosy from autumn to spring is a must.
The day-to-night dress
Forget the concept of dividing your dresses between daywear and evening. The best dresses work for both.
A multi-tasking dress will look smart by day but become instantly after-dark-appropriate with a quick switchover of statement accessories.
The skinny jeans
They started out as a fad but now even men have adopted skinny jeans as a wardrobe staple.
For the most flattering skinny, opt for a classic dark blue, or try jet black if you want your jeans to look more like trousers.
The savvy shirt
Blouses and shirts shouldn't be confined to officewear. They work equally as well with a pair of trusty jeans as with a pencil skirt.
The smart blazer
No matter what you're wearing (dungarees, overalls and PJs aside), a blazer thrown over the top will instantly make an outfit chic and smart.
A dark blazer in black or navy has effortless French sophistication written all over it.
The leather skirt
It's the new kid on the block when it comes to staples but leather skirts have untold wardrobe potential.
A leather skirt is an investment piece so choose a neutral colour that mixes in with the rest of your wardrobe effortlessly; black, brown, navy and burgundy are no-brainer classic hues.