Some looks just never go out of fashion. These classic styles are a win for your wallet, a win for your wardrobe and a win for slow fashion. The mantra ‘buy less, wear more’ is inherent in the classic look, which maintains a strong focus on quality garments and timeless beauty. It’s essentially the opposite of replacing your clothes every other month with mass-produced, poor quality fashion.
In praise of classic fashion, we’re looking at six statement pieces to give your wardrobe the perfect shot of long-lasting style.
Little Black Dress
How could the little black dress not top our list as a statement classic? Made famous by the forever chic Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, the original LBD worn by Hepburn was made by Hubert de Givenchy, the man behind the label Givenchy. The little black dress holds our number one spot with style and grace. You can shop the look via People Tree here with our classic Stella Dress in Black.
With the classic T shape with short sleeves, the white t-shirt offers us a crisp, fresh approach to basics to transform almost any outfit. These timeless tees are endlessly versatile, teamed with a tailored suit, layered with a cardigan over jeans for a spring walk, a cool addition to summer looks… they’re pretty good as a pyjama top, too. Why not!
At People Tree we’ve got our own take on the classic white t-shirt. The bleach and other chemicals used to create the purest whites in clothing are massively damaging to the environment and the people working in clothing factories. As a result, we choose to work with eco-white, which gives a softer colour as a finish, while still bringing a crisp, fresh look to your style. Check out the Ruth T-shirt in Eco White.
The white shirt has undergone quite an evolution from its early appearance back in the 1800s when men would wear these predominantly as undergarments hidden beneath coats and jackets. By the early 1900s these shirts were transformed with smart collars that became a hit in offices around the country.
Fast-forward to the 1980s and women are owning this style of shirt for themselves, with the white shirt becoming a supertrend on the likes of Cindy Crawford, Jerry Hall and other stunning models. In more recent years the likes of Cara Delevingne, Elle Fanning and Olivia Palermo have rocked the trend. Shop the look with People Tree here.
An absolute People Tree staple is the Breton Top. This chic striped three-quarter sleeve top, usually with blue and white stripes, is often dubbed the ‘sailor top’. The original concept of the Breton top comes from its heritage as part of the French Navy uniform – legend says the classic version has 21 stripes to represent each of Napoleon’s victories. Coco Chanel really bought the fashionable streak to these tops when she included them in her nautical collection in 1917 which catapulted the look from working class practicality, to high-end fashion.
Diane von Furstenberg launched the wrap dress just four years into her career, launching her to fame in the early ’70s. The dress quickly became a symbol of power and independence for women of all shapes and sizes across the globe.
Diane reached a million sales of her classic dress by the end of the decade, which went on to become an iconic cover on Newsweek. Relaunching the statement piece in 1997, sales once again rocketed and the dress remains as popular now as it was then.
People Tree’s Stella Party Dress in Black Print is a brilliant ethically-produced take on an absolute classic.
The Perfect Coat
Last but by no means least is a classic coat to top your look. Coats have been through so many iterations it’s hard to say what the ‘classic’ version of this garment really is. But a strong colour – blacks, blues, greys – is a popular choice so you can jazz it up with accessories to suit many different outfits.
Have a look at the People Tree Drop Shoulder Jacket in Dark Grey for a flexible coat to see you between seasons.