Since paring down my wardrobe and ultimately my outfits to combinations of basics I seem to read or scan (determined by quality of content) articles, posts and lists of what constitutes classic pieces. I have crossed many great interpretations on a classic wardrobe, while on the flip side I have read some not so good conclusions of classic pieces.
Then it got me thinking the exact question - 'What are the elements to a classic wardrobe' ?
In my opinion, a classic item is one that has been created over and over again by as many designers or high street labels as possible. Without anyone stating, 'you copied this designer or that designer'. Just think about the trench coat, there is a well known fashion house that makes trench coats, however, many other designers have also created trench coats without the fashion house stating they have been replicated. This is because in theory, the plain overall design is the same. For example, a classic shirt will always have a front, back, two long sleeves and buttons. The possibility for designers or high street labels to add collars (round or pointed), pockets (one or two), loose fit or tight fit and many other options is what makes the diversity and allows individual preference. So, in my view there are no set pieces for a classic. I think it is the plain overall design that is coined a 'classic'.