12 Timeless Pieces That Belong in Every Brit Wardrobe

April 10, 2021 at 06:02AM

Here in Britain, we’re fortunate to have one of the most eclectic fashion scenes out there. From punk to polish, Dr. Martens to twinsets, so broad is the term “British style” it’s difficult for even us to pinpoint. But that’s what we love about it. After all, fashion is one of the most readily available forms of self-expression, and we don’t think anyone should be limited to one aesthetic.

Still, some pieces feel undeniably British—staples that can be found in just about every Brit wardrobe, whatever the other items hanging alongside them may look like. Assemble them, and what do you get? Twelve absolutely British fashion essentials, all of which can be worn in a multitude of ways. Scroll below to see how some of our favourite UK-based influencers style them, and shop the pieces you need to complete your own Brit capsule wardrobe.

Come rain or shine, the timeless trench coat makes for the perfect Brit-weather cover-up.  

Perhaps the most classic piece on our list, white shirting is on regular rotation in Brit closets.

The little black dress is often overshadowed by statement frocks, but Brit dressers know there’s little that looks chicer.

When it comes to denim, we like to keep things simple—a pair of blue-wash straight jeans is all Brits need. 

Layering is integral to British styling, and nothing is more versatile than the black roll-neck. 

Brits gravitate toward pieces that provide easy outfit options, which is why the two-piece suit remains so integral to our style. 


No outfit is complete without the personal touch of jewellery, and layering necklaces are the perfect solution. 

We see more pleated skirts on home soil than we do anywhere else. 

Tapping into our rock ‘n’ roll heritage, biker jackets have been a firm fixture in Brit wardrobes for decades. 

Classic cable-knit jumpers are essential for keeping the chill at bay, whatever the time of year. 

It may have originated in Norway, but Brit women have adopted the loafer, using it to add polish to jeans and dresses. 

While it might not be solely British, no one embraces the simple white tee quite like we do, making it an integral part of our looks as opposed to a foundation piece.

Next up: Small But Mighty: 31 Pieces From the Coolest British Brands

Author Maxine Eggenberger | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC

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