London: Leggings, blazers and skinny jeans have replaced denim jackets, polo necks and thick black tights as wardrobe staples over the last 25 years, a new study has found.
Nude tights, ballet pumps, a maxi dress and a black or nude clutch bag are also among the modern must-haves every women should own.
However, black trousers, cardigans, a simple white blouse or shirt and the little black dress have remained constant must-haves through the decades, found the research commissioned by F&F at Tesco, a daily reported.
Black or brown boots, black court shoes, a pencil skirt and a smart black coat have also stood the test of time and are still considered staple items.
The study found that 81 per cent make sure their wardrobe is always full of staple or classic items, with another 83 per cent believing there are items that every woman should own.
The average woman estimates that almost half of her closet is taken up with classic clothes which she can wear year after year - compared to just a quarter which is reserved for trend items each season.
Almost three quarters of the women polled also said they are happy to splash more money than usual on staple items knowing they will get plenty of wear from it.
A third of women even own items of clothing that has been such a wardrobe staple, it has been passed on to them from older friends and relatives.
More than one in ten even have some timeless clothes which they have been wearing for 20 years or more now.
Researchers also found that 57 per cent of people said that the majority of the staple items in their wardrobe is black, followed by beige, brown, white and grey.
Almost 46 per cent of women said they like to go shopping and stock up on some fashion items to complement their basics.
Seventy-seven per cent even admitted they have kept certain items of clothing in the hope they will someday become trendy and fashionable again.


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