I've Lived to See Over 58 Years' Worth of Trends—6 Staples I'll Never Ditch


(Image credit: @yasminfurmie)

In our search for the best timeless wardrobe staples to add to our closets and keep forever, we've shared everything from the best staples from go-to brands like Madewell to the items a mother and daughter have in common. And now we're back again with a new expert and her insight. Meet Yasmin Furmie, the South Africa-based style savant and designer of SiSi, a line of modern shirting.

I discovered this chic lady on Instagram one day and was immediately drawn to her creative, colorful, and expertly-styled outfits. Chatting with Furmie reminded me of exactly why I fell in love with fashion in the first place: just how creative and personal it can be. So while her style can be categorized as anything but basic, she's got her wardrobe basics on lock. 

Furmie doesn't just have great outfits, though, she has the kind of style wisdom that only comes from decades of experimenting and finding what works for her. "I’m 58 years old and loving the space I’m in," she told me, pointing to her confidence and self-belief as the two valuable things she's gained with age. She shared her favorite wardrobe staples with us and unsurprisingly, they're really good. So continue on to read why she relues on each of the below six items and of course, see how she wears each.

1. Sneakers

"A pair of sneakers is a great way to change the style of an outfit. It tones down formal outfits and provides that 'fashion' factor. Plus, it’s now a part of every person’s closet. I pair mine with quirky socks to make it a standout look."


(Image credit: @yasminfurmie)


(Image credit: @yasminfurmie)

2. A Luxurious Pair of Black Trousers

"A luxurious pair of black trousers can be dressed up or down. It can be part of a layered look (under skirts and dresses) which is one of my style features so that’s definitely a necessity."


(Image credit: @yasminfurmie)


(Image credit: @yasminfurmie)

3. A Great Blazer

"A blazer is another must-have. It’s versatile enough to pair with track pants or skirts. I love the juxtaposition of a formal pice with something unexpected."


(Image credit: @yasminfurmie)


(Image credit: @yasminfurmie)

4. A Classic White Shirt

"The white shirt needs no explanation. It’s the basic piece that everyone needs. Our collection provides me with a good variety from shirts to dresses. These are also layered in monochromatic looks. You can never have enough white shirts."


(Image credit: @yasminfurmie)


(Image credit: @yasminfurmie)

5. Plenty of Rings

"I love rings—the more the merrier. I love bold pieces on my fingers and it adds to whatever I’m styling. My mother always said that one should take off one thing when leaving your home. I add one. I’m definitely not a believer in less is more."


(Image credit: @yasminfurmie)

6. Big Sunglasses

"A big pair of sunglasses can hide a lot. Too lazy to do make-up? One can easily hide behind a stunning pair. I have a big black pair that is quite chic. Hide the sins I say."


(Image credit: @yasminfurmie)


(Image credit: @yasminfurmie)

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.