Creating a flawless wardrobe is all about having the right foundation pieces. Some women’s clothing is simply too versatile, flattering or comfy to ever go out of fashion — but which styles are we talking about?
Discover the most iconic timeless fashion pieces and how you can reinvent them to give yourself a fresh look and different style with QUIZ — a leading UK retailer of women’s dresses.
At the top of even a man’s list of timeless clothing for women must be the LBD (little black dress). Flattering in colour and versatile in design, an LBD will make you feel amazing and look perfect at any event — from shopping days to hot dates. As fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld, said: “One is never over-dressed or under-dressed in a little black dress”.
For a statement-making outfit to wow the crowds at a special occasion, wear a figure-hugging LBD with sparkling jewellery and killer heels. Having a laid-back day with friends? Team a black skater dress with cute pumps and a faded denim jacket to get the perfect balance of chic and grunge.
Flaunting your curves is never easier than when you’re rocking a pencil skirt. This is the kind of fashion piece you can buy once and wear it as part of multiple outfits for life. It’s been particularly useful over the years at helping women feel confident and empowered at business meetings, work conferences and important interviews.
Go for a high-waisted style and team it with a fitted blouse and sophisticated black heels for a look that shows the world who’s boss. If you fancy incorporating the pencil skirt into your off-duty wardrobe, slip on a knee-skimming length in a pastel colour and wear it with a bardot top and waterfall jacket.
No woman could be without a decent pair of dark-wash jeans. Easy to pull on in a hurry and simple to spruce up for a night out with the girls; slim, skinny and straight leg jeans are versatility personified.
Women have been wearing jeans since around the 1930s, and we still haven’t run out of ways to style them. Go for a straight leg with sneakers and a graphic tee or hoody to rock the cool and casual look or prepare yourself for a night out by teaming skinny dark jeans with an off-the-shoulder top, clutch bag and stiletto heels. Remember; hourglass body shapes look especially incredible in a high-rise jean, pears are best suited to a slightly flared style, and petites can rock a skinny, mid-rise jean.
It’s a nightmare when you have an important event or special occasion to attend and you have nothing to wear. Originally a menswear item, the white shirt has been tweaked into multiple attractive styles for women, making it every modern lady’s secret fashion weapon today. From boxy styles to tailored fits, the iconic ladies’ dress shirt has carried us effortlessly from work to play for decades.
Go for a neutral colour and fitted cut to wear under a high-waisted pencil skirt or pair of formal trousers when you want to exude authority. If you’re looking to take your shirt out of the office and into the weekend, wear a lantern-sleeve style with jeans, flats and a plain kimono.
When you’re heading out for drinks but it’s just too cold to go without a coat, the leather jacket comes to save us. Contemporary and retro depending on your choice of design, leather jackets are timelessly stylish and have been a huge part of women’s fashion since the 1970s.
Biker leather jackets look amazing with skinny jeans and a plain tee or blouse. The cropped design perfectly shows off high-waisted trousers and belts, or why not style it with a cute checked or pretty floral midi skirt for an unexpected twist?
Whether you’re a double denim fanatic or not, the denim jacket is a timeless fashion piece with lots to offer. This clothing trend was huge in the 1980s and it’s been transforming in sync with new fashion movements ever since.
Styling a denim jacket is one of the easiest things to do. Go for a boxy, oversized style and rock a dressed down look, or add feminine mystique by wearing a mini, laced dress and cute flats. Denim jackets also look amazing over plain maxi dresses and — if you’re wanting to emphasise a fabric pattern — wearing them with animal patterns works perfectly.
Launched during the First World War, we’ve seen the trench coat on some of Hollywood’s most famous women — including Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer.
Delivering a flattering feminine outline, wear your trench coat over any outfit and use the belt to pull you in at the waist. Whether you pair your trench with jeans and ankle boots or midi skirts and sneakers, the trench coat will infuse your outfit with panache.
Who doesn’t have a trusty pair of boots at home? Women experienced a boom in fashion boots during the 1960s. Soon, the era of the thigh-high go-go boot made way for more unisex designs in the 1970s and onwards. Now, we’re lucky to have a huge variety of boot length, heel heights and fabric patterns at our fingertips. Ranging from ankle to over-the-knee, boots carry us from work to home and season to season with no fuss or effort.
Pull on a seductive pair of over-the-knee suede boots with a pair of super-skinny jeans and a boho blouse for a unique silhouette, or go for casual with a pair of brown ankle boots. Stiletto boots look incredible with midi dresses on a night out, while buckle boots with a chunky block heel give you the perfect lift when you team them with tights, skater skirts and denim jackets.
Pumps are perfect for every occasion. Comfy, cute and chic in one; they’re just as good as a base to a jeans-and-tee combo as they are to a skater dress and denim jacket outfit. If you’re not a fan of heels but want the perfect finish to your look, pumps are your best bet.
Wear them with skinny jeans, a-line skirts, drop-waist dresses, dungarees, denim shorts, and anything else you want!