5 all-black wardrobe staples

If someone asked you to choose five items from your wardrobe, that were your absolute favourite, could you do it?

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I put the pressure on myself, for this blog post, and on a particularly dull Tuesday afternoon, I wracked my brains – what five things could I not be without? Come rain or shine, there are items in every womans wardrobes that definitely have a minimal cost per wear. Sometimes, they’re more expensive pieces – saved up for tirelessly, and kept pristine for their outings on special occasions. Others are bargain gems, that turned out to be total wardrobe-wonders. My five wardrobe staples are a happy mix of the two – for me a staple might not be basic, it’s just something that I can’t do without. And do you know what happened? They all turned out to be black. True staples they must be! So, what are they?

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Let’s take the first, and probably the most basic of items. Denim. Black denim in fact. I love a good pair of jeans, and for me black rocks it. Slimming, versatile, classic – I always have a black pair of jeans in my wardrobe. I love a head-to-toe black ensemble, and I adore how easily they’re dressed up with a heel or down with trainers. I wear mine to death and probably re-buy a pair every six months. In the past, I’ve dabbled in the Topshop Joni’s, ASOS Rivington and now actually have a pair from M&S. They’re my three favourites to date and are a definite wardrobe staple!

Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C.

This bag has been my trusty companion since I picked it up this summer. You can read about it in full in this post, but I didn’t realise quite how much use I was going to get out of it. I have a white Whistles clutch and between the two of them, I’m set for evening affairs. My Rebecca Minkoff made the cut today however because I do often use it casually, too. Big enough to house phone, purse and a bit of make up, it’s perfect for weddings and parties, as well as glam enough with it’s gold hardwear.

Strappy heels

If you’re a heel wearer, I’m sure you’ve got your classic black pair. Sadly, I lost my perfect pair this summer (I hope the taxi driver’s wife enjoyed them), but I replaced them shortly after. My style preference is the classic sandal – ankle and toe strap and not alot else. Some call them the ‘barely-there’, and for me, they go with absolutely everything. They look chic and classic and dress your black denim up so well!

Nike Free Run Trainers

Taking things down a notch, and something that graces my feet almost every weekend is my Nike trainers. Worn to death, these are my staple comfies. With a pop of colour, they’re a bit different to my other trainers (namely Converse and Vans). I like the sleek shape of Free Runs and love to team them with a tailored coat for a Scandinavian inspired look!

Leather jacket

And finally, it had to be my trusty leather jacket. Coming up for three years old now, this River Island number is a mixture of real and faux leather and is a really flattering and classic shape. I adore the mix of textures and I couldn’t be without this to throw over a dress on my way to a night out, or with jeans and Converse for a trip to the shops. Roll on spring so I can bring it out more!

What would your five wardrobe staples be?

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