Iconic fashion: which women’s clothes are timeless?

Clothing styles come and go with each season — sometimes, it’s hard to keep up with what’s in and what’s out! However, certain pieces of women’s clothing are simply too versatile, flattering or comfy to ever go out of fashion — but which styles are we talking about?

Alongside QUIZ, a leading UK retailer of maxi dresses, we’ll explore the most iconic fashion pieces in history — and how you can revamp them to give yourself a fresh, on-trend look.

Leather jacket

The leather jacket comes to save us when we want something simple but chic to wear for drinks with the girls. 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.

Styling your timeless fashion piece

Leather jackets have stood the test of time due to their versatility — wear them with skinny jeans and a plain tee or a cute skirt and a 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?

Boots

We’ve all had to rely on our fave pair of boots to spruce up our outfits now and then. 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.

Styling your timeless fashion piece

You have such a huge choice of boots — from knee-high and ankle to leather and suede. Why not wear a seductive pair of over-the-knee boots with a pair of super-skinny jeans and a boho blouse for a gorgeous silhouette, or go for casual with a pair of black 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.

Pencil skirt

The women’s pencil skirt is the go-to clothing piece for ladies who want to rock a stunning silhouette and highlight their figure. 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.

Styling your timeless fashion piece

Don’t think you have to limit your pencil skirt outfits to the office — why not pull on a pastel pencil skirt with a bardot top and waterfall jacket when you head out for lunch? At work, 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!

Dark jeans

River Island jeans

Trusty denims have been around for decades and they’re always there for us when we don’t know what to wear. In women’s fashion since the 1930s, dark jeans are 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.

Styling your timeless fashion piece

So, how do you make a dark pair of jeans special to 2018? Try mixing them up for causal and more formal events. 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.

LBD

The little black dress reigns supreme when it comes to a flawless, evening-ready outfit. 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”.

Styling your timeless fashion piece

LBDs leap out of any crowd when matched with stilettos and statement jewellery — go for coloured rings and necklaces to make an even bigger impact! 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.

White shirt

From the workplace to the bar, white shirts have your back when it comes to putting together an outfit that looks flawless at every destination. 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.

Styling your timeless fashion piece

For many women, the cut and fit of a white shirt can make all the difference between looking chic and feeling drab. 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.

Denim jacket

As we mentioned earlier, denims are always at hand for us when we can’t make up our minds. The denim jacket clothing trend was huge in the 1980s and it’s been transforming in sync with new fashion movements ever since.

Styling your timeless fashion piece

As with jeans, you can style your denim jacket in multiple ways to make it ideal for any event and location. 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.

Trench coat

Did you know that the trench coat — famously associated with Burberry — came from clothing worn by men during the First World War? Following this, the coat entered mainstream fashion and we’ve seen it on some of Hollywood’s most famous women — including Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer.

Styling your timeless fashion piece

The beauty of the trench coat is that it’s smart, chic and flattering — there are few other fashion pieces that can deliver that stunning ‘pulled in waist’ effect like a trench. 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.

Neutral pumps

Similar to the boot, a handy pair of neutral-coloured pumps can make your life so much simpler when it comes to dressing for an occasion — no the wonder they’re a timeless piece of fashion. Comfy and chic, 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.

Styling your timeless fashion piece

Neutral pumps are so versatile, there are countless ways you can wear them. Match them with jeans and hoodies, a-line skirts and camis, drop-waist dresses and kimonos, dungarees and tees, denim shorts and cropped tops, and anything else you can think of!

Inspire yourself with these pieces of timeless clothing and restyle your wardrobe ready for SS18!

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