Style Agenda: classics vs trends

The smart way to curate your wardrobe - and your look


London Editor

Hermes' Kelly bag. Roland Mouret's Galaxy Dress. A Gucci suit. Some pieces go down in fashion history as timeless classics. Like you – and all the best things in life – they just get better with age. Take this season's sharply tailored suits and little black dresses by Lanvin, Christian Dior and Mulberry: designed to last a lifetime, they're guaranteed to be just as au courant in twenty years' time as they are now.

But really, to embrace the power of now and look à la mode, not to mention inject a little fun, we need to look to the trends. This season, monochromes, flavours of the Orient and ruffles are making fashion headlines, but if you're concerned about today's styles becoming yesterday's news, it's all about identifying the wearable trends that will stay in vogue for years. Take, for example, military styling, which has seen countless incarnations since commanding wardrobe wear five years ago; or neons, which are once again back for spring summer 2013 – the key to trends is that they always come around! So if you're of a pedigree that wore Mary Quant's monochromes during the Sixties, and still have the fashions – and figure – to wear them, then this can give an even more fashion-forward way of working one of this season's key trends.

One stylist LUXOS spoke to advised to buy classic key items, and accessorize them with on-trend accessories – say by teaming that Pal Zileri shirt with one of Dior Homme's leather bomber jackets. And remember that trends aren't restricted to clothing: the jewel-coloured eyeliners that swept the Spring Summer 2013 catwalks can be worn with anything. It's also smart for conservative dressers to place a subtle nod to broader trends. For example, this season's penchants for pastels and ruffles are captured in Mulberry's runway dresses, which are timeless enough to last for decades.

Of course, it all comes down to personality, age, lifestyle and comfortability: whether you're a Hugo Boss power dresser or a Maison Martin Margiela woman, the most powerful way of dressing is as yourself, whoever that may be on the day.