Fashion experts reveal five ESSENTIAL pieces every woman needs in her wardrobe


by Emma Dodds |
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Fashion experts have identified the five key pieces of clothing every woman should have in their wardrobe...

The design team at fashion house which Winser London has dressed Yasmin Le Bon, Emma Watson and Amanda Holden in the past.

But they've now turned their hand to science, and spent months examining trends from the last nine decades to reveal the five key pieces every woman needs in her wardrobe.

The essentials consist of a smart white shirt, a confidence-boosting dress, a ‘boyfriend’ jumper, a sophisticated pencil skirt and a pair of wide-leg trousers.

Since the 1800s, black was seen as a colour only worn for mourning, but in the 1920s, the ‘little black dress’ was born – and perfected by Coco Chanel whose 1926 version of the dress was often worn with a string of pearls..

And in ready-to-wear lines, the ‘boyfriend’ term is affixed to any item of women’s clothing which has been adapted from a corresponding men’s garment.


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1) The miracle dress

The ultimate list of wardrobe essentials was put together by Winser London, who created the 'Miracle' dress, inspired by Grace Kelly.

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2) The silk shirt

Also inspired by the classic cuts of Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, a plain white shirt is a staple for both the office and evening-wear.

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3) The miracle pencil skirt

And when paired with a neat pencil skirt, it creates an outfit guaranteed to get results. The Winser London pencil skirt was based on the silhouette of Marilyn Monroe, and is one of the first building blocks women will use to create a simple, smart wardrobe. It was first introduced by Christian Dior in 1954, and is as relevant today as when it was first revealed to stunned fashion experts. This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby is a fan of both Winser London's pencil skirt and the accompanying white shirt.

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4) The boyfriend jumper

Coco Chanel's influence can also be felt in the classic boyfriend jumper. Prior to the 1920s, knitwear and jersey was seen as strictly for military or agricultural use. But the visionary designer once again bucked trends, and reworked the material into dresses, twinsets and jumpers.

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5) The wide leg trousers

The fifth and final item every woman needs in her wardrobe is a pair of wide-leg trousers.

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