When it comes to the pieces you reach for time and time again each season, nothing quite says wardrobe staple like a simple slip skirt or your favourite trusty knit. These items have endless styling potential, so I’ve rounded up a few of the best duos, and how you can rent the looks yourself right now.
Words by Kate Haines
Think of throwing on a chunky jumper and feminine slip as the elevated version of a classic jeans and tee combo. Minimum effort, maximum chic. Colourful style queen Ellie has the right idea, keeping her palette tonal and finishing off the look with neutral classics. Finding the perfect balance between pulled-together polished and everyday casual, she champions hero items that can be mixed and matched all year round.
For everyday impact, choose a slip that’ll make a statement and can be teamed with multiple outfit options – like this floral Realisation number, sported by stylist and creative director, Emili Sindlev. By adding a pop of print to an otherwise colour-blocked look, this is a piece that with work as well with your sunshine essentials as it does with your winter sweaters.
When transforming a spring look into an autumnal one, it’s all in the shoes. Take Megan Ellaby’s pastel pink ensemble. Her balloon-sleeve jumper and Fabienne Chapot wrap skirt would work for summer evenings if teamed with a strappy sandal or classic Birkenstock, but her muted grey knee-highs give the outfit a new lease of life for when the temperature drops.
Not to say that dressing is a science, but there’s an element of balancing out classic items with statement ones to form the perfect transeasonal look. Take Lucy Williams’s tough-meets-feminine take on the knit and slip. Her neutral, oh-so-wearable Tory Burch maxi is kept low key thanks to chunky boots, but effortlessly dialled up for sunnier days with a bubblegum pink cardi, dark shades and a dose of gold jewellery. A class in seasonless style!
If every outfit you plan comes in a pair (partner, BFF, etc.), then allow these five stylish duos to serve as the ultimate outfit inspiration. Whether it's tonal, trend-led or just a whole mood, these iconic pairings sure know (or knew) how to dress. Get your Pinterest plug-in at the ready, because these are 'save for later' material...