Last week the unthinkable happened: I managed to snap up a classic Burberry Trench for £210 (the RRP is just under a grand).
Last week the unthinkable happened: I managed to snap up a classic Burberry Trench for £210 (the RRP is just under a grand). Ok, its second hand and a little marked and crinkled but I don’t care. I love every inch of its tartan-lined, metal-buttoned loveliness.
The Burberry Trench dates back to 1879 when the ingenious Thomas Burberry created gabardine, a tough, rain-resistant material that was bought in droves by the British Army. Fast-forward 134 years later and Burberry’s trench is a classic must-have item for every serious fashionista.
The reason for its longevity is, in my opinion, down to its versatility. The classic design, mid-weight, beige, belted at the waist, is a piece that carries from season to season and the cut works equally well over a dress or trousers and on a man or woman. Then there is the iconic tartan lining, synonymous with British luxury.
Sitting here wrapped in my new wardrobe staple has got me thinking about other designer items that never seem to date. Here’s my list of iconic pieces I hope to amass over my lifetime.
(NOTE: because these designs are so revered they are consistently imitated, so if your budget can’t stretch to the originals, I guarantee you’ll find something similar on the High Street.)
Chanel 2.55 Flap Quilted Handbag (approx. £3000)
This is arguably the most extravagant item as it has the biggest price tag while being the smallest piece. The classic look is white with black edging and a ribbon and chain handle, completed by the renowned ‘CC’ motif.
Chanel does a version of this design every season without fail. For autumn/ winter 2013, the look was a boxier shape with a metal ‘CC’ buckle in forest green leather or tweed velvet. However, I believe if you are going to spend what is probably your year’s rent on a bag, it is wise to keep it as simple and classic as possible so it will last a lifetime.
Red-Soled Louboutin’s (approx. £400)
“Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally,” said Christian Louboutin.He should know, as Louboutin is one of the most revered shoemakers of all time. His trademark red soles adorn every pair he designs and will be recognised in an instant by those in the industry.
For a look that is as timeless as it is sophisticated, choose a patent black or nude court with a stiletto heel.
Alexander McQueen Scarf (approx. £165)
McQueen and a skull motif have become synonymous in recent years. The beauty of their famous skull print square scarves is that they are so versatile and easy to wear: round the neck, through a belt loop, tied to a handbag… This lavish silk item is a simple way to enjoy a little luxury everyday. They are the go-to accessory of numerous celebrities including Johnny Depp and Nicole Richie.
Ray-Ban Sunglasses (approx. £90- £110)
Despite being around since the late 1930s, Ray-Ban has seen a revival over the past few years that re-established it as a must-have brand.
The label’s two most iconic designs, the Aviator and Wayfarer, were designed in the 1930s and 1950s respectively. These days they are an essential item for music festivals and imitations can be found in every High Street shop. While Ray-Ban produces an array of contemporary designs, it is these two classic styles that are a must-have buy. Their longevity has proved that they will be a timeless investment that will last for years to come.