Superbalist’s stylish break down the season’s top wardrobe classics

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Words: Lindsay Samson | Images: Aart Verrips + Getty

Few things beat a classic. Sure, fashion moves fast, but certain styles endure as the foundations of any modern look. This season, your wardrobe staples have been given a fresh, contemporary update. Wearable, streamlined sneaker silhouettes are creeping back onto must-have lists and flouncy, voluminous, ultra-feminine shapes are where it’s at for dresses. As for jeans? Light denim is back in full force. Wondering which of the new classics to add to your style arsenal? Here, the fashion authorities of Superbalist weigh in on the six key pieces they’ll be adding to their day-to-day wardrobes for 2020 – and how to wear them.

“Those clunky dad sneakers are officially on their way out and we’re making space for the return of the white, minimalist sneaker. Undoubtedly the most versatile trans-seasonal shoe in your wardrobe, you really can wear it with anything from a cute mini skirt to skinny trousers. Whether you decide to dress it up with the latest trends or go for a pared-down look, it’s the perfect shoe to complement your 2020 look.”

“This power piece is a non-negotiable wardrobe staple. While the shape du jour has certainly changed over the years (think power-shouldered and oversized in the 80s, cropped and fitted in the 90s), one thing remains – it must be perfectly tailored to your body. The same goes for this season and the next. Look to a slightly oversized shape and one that's longer in length, but be sure the shoulders are fitted properly. Wearing a blazer also means easy dressing, even though you’d never say it. Throw it over a T-shirt and high-waisted jeans or pair it with perfectly tailored trousers and loafers for maximum impact, minimum effort.”

“Minimalist and easy-to-wear oversized dresses are at the forefront of the dress department. We're embracing loose-fitting shapes in maxi, midi and mini lengths. There's an abundance of romantic details such as tiering, voluminous sleeves, high necklines and romantic prints. For the hotter months, finish the look with a chunky sandal or barely there heel. When winter rolls around, the perfect accompaniment is a pair of hiking boots – another big trend this season.”

“Season after season, hemlines are rising and falling with the trend cycle. This summer, midi-length skirts reign supreme. Flirty, but not risqué, it’s appropriate for nearly all real-life scenarios: boldly feminine, but understated enough to slip into the wardrobes of easy-going minimalists or statement-makers alike. From sturdy denim column shapes to figure-hugging pencil skirts, my stand-out favourite is a simple A-line slip skirt with a satin finish. Flattering and versatile enough for day-and-night wearability, mix the romantic flair of satin with an ugly shoe or sandal and a hyper-romantic blouse – look to statement sleeves or a ruffled neckline for a look that’s street-style ready.”

“Move aside cross-body bag. The classic, feminine handbag is back and creating a stir on the high streets. The return of the Dior Saddle bag and the revival of Fendi’s Baguette bag have put the spotlight on this iconic style, so now’s the time to invest in this trend or restore that golden oldie from the 90s. Trendy yet practical, fabulous and fierce, the style is easily worn with just about anything in your wardrobe. Plus, its smaller size will ensure you fill it with only the essentials and aren’t stuck lugging around excess baggage all day long.”

“Having light denim in your wardrobe is like having a secret weapon. While it doesn’t necessarily make a statement, this season it makes everything you own look new. It will freshen up your coat game and look incredible with the new season’s big shirts. Try it as a layering item under a soft, tier dress or with a chunky knit sweater and a track boot.”

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