How to Build and Style A Classic Wardrobe

How to Build and Style A Classic Wardrobe


We thought it would be a good start to the New Year to encourage all ladies alike to make a conscious decision to turn away from the fast fashion habit and embrace fully the growing slow fashion movement. We could all take a fresh look at our wardrobes and donate away to recycling – or to those in need – all our unused and unloved items that just take up space. Here we wanted to share some tips on replacing those trendy fast fashion items and building a well curated and minimalistic classic wardrobe filled with timeless, loved, long lasting and well used fashion.

How to Build a Classic Wardrobe

Some great items to consider for that perfect classic slow fashion wardrobe include:

Quality Basics – Good wardrobe staple and an outfit builder. You can never go wrong with really good quality neutral basics.  Essential Noir Fashion Essentials collection black tops are great quality British made basics you can style in different ways to make that timeless classic wardrobe really work for your style.

The Chester Classic Round Neck Top worn here with a denim skirt and some statement jewellery.

More styling ideas further down.

Good knitwear – Make it only a few really good quality knitwear pieces. The perfect jumper and a classic cardi.

Quality classic trousers – A pair of quality trousers will take you far. See the Essential Noir Edinburgh British Wool Trousers for a classic straight leg trouser shape

The perfect fit jeans – Everyone loves jeans. They are easy to wear and always in fashion. Invest in a pair of really good quality great fitting jeans.

Blazer – Easy to wear to work and match with your perfect jeans for a fab smart casual look. Also works well as a lighter summer jacket.

The perfect dress – To build a classic wardrobe everyone needs the perfect dress that works for different occasions.

Quality winter coat – Invest in a really good quality timeless winter coat that will last you years.

A favourite handbag – The fabulous handbag that goes with everything. The one you love and always carry around with you.

Classic shoes – Can’t go wrong with a classic quality shoe that never goes out of fashion.

Quality winter boots – Versatile and warm . Easy to match with skirts and trousers alike.

Statement jewellery – Great way of creating different looks for different occasions using those wardrobe staples as a base.

Fabulous scarves – Scarves are such an easy and fantastic way to accessorize, create different looks with and bring colour in.


Remember these three points when you are picking your favourite items for your own perfect classic slow fashion wardrobe:

  1. Invest in quality – it may cost you more initially but will give you items that will not have to be replaced every year. Saving money in the long run.
  2. Buy colours that will last years and are not trend led – make your colours your own. Buying lasting colours doesn’t mean just neutrals. Pick colours to make part of your style. Don’t choose colours that over power you and don’t choose too many. Keep your style and wardrobe cohesive.
  3. Ensure your basics are in neutral colours – this will make mixing and matching with your statement items simpler.

Here’s some simple classic wardrobe styling ideas using Essential Noir Fashion Essentials tops as the base.

The Malton Funnel Neck Top dressed down with a pair of smart casual trousers and a classic ankle boot and dressed up with a black skirt and a statement belt for evening occasions. This top would also work well under a Blazer or a cardi. Why not wear it with your favourite Blazer, skinny jeans and fabulous boots or shoes for a stylish look for the office.

                Funnel neck top with cap sleeve

Harrogate Polo Neck Top teamed up with a classic skirt shape, opaque tights and a high heel ankle boot – or with wide leg trousers and statement jewellery.


Edale Easy Fit Slash Neck Top worn here with skinny jeans and a flat boot for a casual look.

London Sleeveless Wrap Over Top matched here with wide leg light coloured linen trousers, some classic jewellery and timeless sandals for a summers evening out.

If you want to see more here’s a great vlog from Sarrah Dolly with some really good tips to build a classic wardrobe