Fashion classics that have never been cooler: From silk scarves like Audrey’s to designer bags like Jackie O’s, the heritage heroes to dust down and show off again
- Gucci is relaunching ‘Jackie’ bag, named after former First Lady Jackie Kennedy
- Yves Saint Laurent famously said: ‘Fashion fades, style is eternal’
- Here, FEMAIL reveals timeless items that are must-have pieces to be seen with
Yves Saint Laurent famously said: ‘Fashion fades, style is eternal.’ Invest in the right accessory and it will last you a lifetime. Now is the perfect time to revisit these heritage heroes as Gucci relaunches the classic ‘Jackie’ handbag, named after former First Lady Jackie Kennedy. So, whether you’re dusting off an old favourite or buying new, these timeless items are the must-have pieces to be seen with.
Dinah Van Tulleken picks out a selection of items that are must-have pieces to be seen with. Pictured: Audrey Hepburn
1 DON A CHIC SILK SCARF
Our best-dressed celebrities and royals have always loved a silk scarf. It’s an easy way to add sophistication and flare to your outfit this season, and every other season.
Made famous by icons such as actress Audrey Hepburn, it’s still a standard among the fashion set in 2021.
2 GET COMFY IN LOAFER HEELS
Princess Anne (pictured) is a fan of heeled loafers – and they’ve never fallen out of fashion
Designers are obsessed with heeled loafers this season, but they’ve never fallen out of fashion. The Queen has worn custom Anello & Davide’s for decades, and Princess Anne is also a fan. These shoes are a triple threat: versatile, flattering and comfortable. Wear yours with cropped trousers or a print midi skirt.
3 DAZZLE WITH GOLD HOOPS
Actress Catherine Deneuve (pictured) was hardly seen without gold hoop earrings in the 1960s
Gold hoop earrings are especially ‘in’ this season, but in truth they were never out.
Actress Catherine Deneuve was hardly seen without them in the 1960s and was still wearing them at Cannes this year. They are the linchpin of any jewellery collection; no matter the size, they will pull your look together for any occasion.
4 STRAP ON AN ELEGANT WATCH
Princess Diana (pictured) was a fan of the Cartier Tank
No other timepiece has the quiet elegance of a Cartier Tank, a favourite of Princess Diana. Over the years, Cartier has released different iterations, while other brands have produced similar, more affordable designs for the High Street so you don’t need to spend thousands to get the look.
5 PULL UP YOUR KNEE-HIGH BOOTS
Dinah Van Tulleken suggests taking inspiration from Jackie Kennedy’s daughter-in-law Carolyn (pictured) when buying boots
Ankle boots may be in, thigh-highs may be out, but one boot style is always on trend — the leather knee-high. Take inspiration from the likes of Jackie Kennedy’s daughter-in-law Carolyn. They look great under a classic shift dress, with this season’s must-have slip skirt, or worn over tight jeans or trousers. Stay away from modernised styles and treat yourself to a timeless shape in an understated colour.
6 INVEST IN MOCK CROC
For centuries, crocodile skins have been used to announce wealth and status. These days, nothing screams luxury like a fabulous mock-croc finish. A few designers such as Chanel have, thankfully, stopped using exotic skins, increasing the demand for high-quality imitations which are cruelty-free and finally affordable.
7 BAG YOURSELF A ‘JACKIE’
Gucci’s ‘Jackie’ handbag has been relaunched
Every fashion editor is carrying the lady like shoulder bag this season, but there’s nothing new about this iconic shape. Gucci’s ‘Jackie’ (named after Jackie Kennedy, right) has been relaunched, inspiring the High Street to create its own chic interpretations of the design.
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