Ever since I was young, I’ve always loved fashion, I love getting dressed up and the creativity involved with choosing your clothes. As I’ve grown older and started travelling more and more, my focus has been more on comfort and long-lasting pieces that will remain classic and wearable wherever I go. Now, being back in the UK, I’m finally able to really enjoy my wardrobe and to invest in some key pieces that I’ve been lacking, so I’ve been asking myself what items I really need? Fashion is always changing and coming up with new cuts and styles — but which trends have survived and flourished? Refresh your 2018 wardrobe with these iconic fashion pieces and find out how to incorporate them into your individual style…

Jeans

From skinny to flared, jeans are every woman’s staple fashion piece. Jeans have been around for about 70 years if not longer — so how do you make them contemporary while still paying homage to their classic style? 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; pears are best suited to a slightly flared style, hourglass body shapes look especially incredible in a high-rise jean, and petites can rock a skinny, mid-rise jean.

Little black dress

Out of all the women’s dresses in the world, we reckon the iconic LBD is the best and should have a forever-home in your wardrobe. 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”.

Although it looks phenomenal without decoration, why not add statement-making accessories to it, such as tassel earrings and chunky rings for a night out? Having a laid-back day? Team a black skater dress with cute pumps and a faded denim jacket to get the perfect balance of chic and grunge.

Leather jacket

Leather is a luxury material that fashion designers adore. However, the most iconic use of this in the world of womenswear must be the leather jacket. 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.

The question isn’t what to wear your leather jacket with, but firstly, what type of leather jacket you prefer. Biker leather jackets look amazing with skinny jeans and a plain tee or blouse. But then, 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?

Neutral pumps

When you’re in a hurry to get ready and just need something comfy but stylish to throw on, pumps are there. 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.

Pumps were designed to complement and enhance a huge range of styles and outfits in all seasons, so don’t hold back from wearing them. From skirts and shorts in the spring-summer season, to jeans and leggings when the temperature cools, pumps complement anything you want to throw on. Get creative and try pumps in bold colours or with metallic and diamante embellishments to make yours stand out.

Denim jacket

Whenever we think of the denim jacket, our minds often go back to the styles of the 1980s. However, the design has adapted and transformed multiple ways since then.

Wearing a denim jacket can help you completely revolutionise a look, adding a touch of urban fashion or cool grunge to your outfit. Dark blue designs look amazing over plain maxi dresses, and wearing them with animal patterns, such as leopard or snakeskin print, works perfectly. 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.

Pencil skirt

The stylish pencil skirt has been a major work and formal fashion piece for decades. But today, women all over the world wear it for both business and after-work events. 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. Alternatively, high-waisted styles teamed with a fitted blouse and sophisticated black heels make sure the boardroom knows who’s boss.

Boots

Effortlessly taking you from day to night, work to play and season to season is the iconic women’s boot. Go for a suede pair of chunky-heel, ankle boots with a pair of super-skinny jeans and a boho blouse for a retro-contemporary vibe, or dress to amaze with a pair of stiletto boots and a midi dress. Buckle boots with a chunky block heel give you the perfect lift when you team them with tights, skater skirts and denim jackets, too.

White shirt

Neutral but statement-making, the plain white shirt is a flawless fashion piece. From boxy styles to tailored fits, the iconic ladies’ dress shirt has carried us effortlessly from work to play for decades.

If you’re looking to take your shirt out of the office and into the weekend, wear a floaty white shirt with tapered trousers, flats and a plain kimono. Want to inject confidence into your look? Get a tailored design and tuck it into a pencil skirt, before finishing the look with court shoes featuring mid-sized heels.

Bear these iconic fashion staples in mind the next time you’re on a shopping spree, I think I feel one coming on!