Every once in a while, timeless as they may be, our wardrobe essentials—think trench coats, white button-downs, denim, and peacoats—find themselves in need of a little upgrade. These chic ingredients are, after all, the base for your more statement-making styles. And they deserve some attention too.
Designers are inspiring us to amp up our wardrobes this winter, whether it’s pairing a special top with simple jeans, or layering over a crisp white shirt. Scroll down for the five ways to give these hardworking closet musts a boost.
The Update: A Contrasting Belt
Trenches are as classic as they come, evoking memories of everyone from Marlene Dietrich to Kate Moss. This time around, look for one with a contrasting belt for an added pop. Stick to neutrals—navy, black, brown, and tan—but definitely look for something that will stand out against your more lightly hued outerwear.
Alexander Wang leather trim cotton-blend drill trench coat, matchesfashion.com
The White Button-Down
The Update: A Ruffled Silhouette
Every girl needs a perfect white button-down shirt in her arsenal, but make sure your throw-on-and-go top is anything but boring. A huge trend for spring is a loose ruffle detail, on everything from tops to dresses, so it’s time to try it out by way of your classic shirting. It’s the perfect addition to everything from off-duty denim to an after-hours skirt.
Erdem white ruffled Camelia blouse, ssense.com
The Army Jacket
The Update: Colorful Embellishment
Traditionally a more casual outerwear option, the army jacket gets a bit of an upgrade. Seeing a style with embellishment is not only an awesome way to amp up the military-inspired jacket, but it’s also a great opportunity to make the style a little more dressed up.
The Update: Metallic Details
Sure, the peacoat is reminiscent of sailors, but this warm style is tailored to such perfection that we women couldn’t wait to claim it as our own. The beauty in this item is its simplicity, so don’t go too far when updating this piece. Simple pocket or sleeve detailing is ideal, whether in a painted metallic, contrasting fabric trim or stitched detail.
T by Alexander Wang
The Update: A Single Eye-Catching Detail
With athleisure hitting its stride, it’s time to add the sweatshirt to our list of wardrobe essentials. So you avoid looking like you pulled yours out from the bottom of your boyfriend’s laundry basket, though, go for a slimmer, more cropped style with a single detail or embellishment, like an eyelet or colorful stripe.
Cotton fleece cropped sweatshirt, alexanderwang.com