How to Build Your Core Wardrobe

A breakdown of what you need to create a classic wardrobe

Modern Agenda

Words: Foyin Ogunrombi | Photography: Luke Kuisis

While trends may come and go, there are certain pieces in your wardrobe that stand the test of time. The classics, staples, essentials, wardrobe must-haves — call them what you will. With subtle updates as time goes on, they’re the foundation of your wardrobe that is versatile enough for almost any occasion, be it work, socialising over the weekend, day-to-day activities or the odd special event. Here's our guide to key pieces that can build a wardrobe that will never let you down.

The Blazer

No longer only a corporate staple, the power suit has been one of the biggest trends in women's fashion over the past few seasons. Since the two-piece doesn't need to be bought together, investing in a well-fitting blazer is essential due to its versatility. To ensure the best fit, make sure the shoulder’s seam ends at the edge of your shoulder and the sleeves sit just below your wrist bone. As a new season update, opt for a sleek lapel-less version worn together with a pair of straight-cut jeans and a block heel.

White shirt

Even though we can all agree that this is an undisputed essential, many wardrobes are still without a classic white shirt. Now is the time to invest. First, look to a fitted long-sleeved shirt in your collection and include more options from our range of bell sleeved, embellished, pleated and longer length shirts. The prominence of the utility trend presents an increasing number of pockets per person, so why shouldn’t your shirt follow suit? It adds a practical advantage to your outfit.


While there are many iterations of tailored trousers (see cigarette pants, for example), your core wardrobe is amiss without at least one pair. The perfect pair of trousers aren’t too tight, tend to fall on the ankle and easiest to wear in black. High-waisted trousers are not only flattering on all body types — they're highly versatile, too. They can be worn for formal occasions with a blazer or complemented with a knitted jersey and a classic pair of sneakers for more casual looks.


A printed dress is one of those items that transcends seasons. While florals for spring may not be groundbreaking (forever noted, Devil Wears Prada), subdued prints such as ditsy florals, pinstripes and animal prints have been reworked so that they aren’t dependent on the season. These prints resurface year after year, because they’re flattering on all skin tones and body types and they add a subtle edge to your outfit. However, if you still worry about wearing them, look towards a darker colour and a less graphic print, while pairing it with a solid-coloured jacket and pair of shoes.

Court shoe

Court heels are a timeless shoe silhouette precisely because they're easily adaptable. They’re also an effortless way to incorporate micro-trends into your look. With printed variations, perspex additions and even the love-it-or-hate-it kitten heel, a black court shoe is the best place to start while you ease yourself into other variations over time.

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