Brits' top 40 wardrobe essentials – with black jeans and cosy jumper topping list


Brits' top 40 wardrobe essentials – with black jeans and cosy jumper topping list

Leather jackets and linen shirts also featured in the list, as well nautical striped tops, culottes, and the ever-popular “sliders”.Many in Scotlan

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Leather jackets and linen shirts also featured in the list, as well nautical striped tops, culottes, and the ever-popular “sliders”.

Many in Scotland have parka coats stowed away in their closets, with nearly four in ten (39 percent) describing their style as “relaxed”.

And oversized hoodies and Nike trainers are both key items in Welsh wardrobes – as more people from this part of the UK admitted to loving their summer style more than winter wears.

Nationally, others turn to gym leggings and “shackets” – a shirt worn like a jacket – and more than four in ten (43 percent) have a selection of “go-to” outfits.

In fact, almost a third (31 percent) even have a tried and trusted athletic ensemble – while 36 percent have loved an item so much they bought it more than once.

But one in four (24 percent) admitted they buy items JUST to flaunt them on social media – and swap back into their preferred get-up once “offline”.

The research was commissioned by clothing app Whering, which has also created an interactive infographic displaying a breakdown of the findings from regions across the UK.

Bianca Rangecroft, Founder & CEO of the digital wardrobe service, said: “We’ve all got those go-to items we love to wear again and again.

“Whether it’s because it goes with everything, it can be dressed for any season, or just fits well, our study just goes to show there is always an item people enjoy dressing up in.

“But sometimes, when we do this, clothes at the back of the wardrobe can get lost or forgotten.”

The study also found comfort beats style, as nearly half (47 percent) describe their dress sense in this way – while 38 percent take a “relaxed” approach to how they dress.

And just 12 percent opt for a “designer” look, while one in seven (14 percent) would describe their ensembles as “trendy”.

As a result, nearly three in five (58 percent) think the wardrobe staples of 2022 are different to the styles donned in 2017.

It also emerged half of respondents will often just pick out the clothes that sit on the top of the pile in their drawers.

And 82 percent will never, or only occasionally, rotate their closet to dig out old outfits they’d long forgotten – resulting in 30 percent wearing the same clothing “on a loop”.

Of those who do bring neglected items to the front of their wardrobes and drawers, a quarter will do so every two to six months.

But one in ten (11 percent) mix things up weekly, with 41 percent claiming bringing out the forgotten items makes them feel “new”.

Despite this, 36 percent of the typical adults’ wardrobe is made up of their essentials.

This leaves the other two-thirds rarely seeing the light of day, regardless of a wardrobe switch-up.

The research, conducted via OnePoll, found more than one in ten never get rid of tired, old clothes – but the 88 percent who do have a clear-out three times a year, on average.

Charity shops are the first port of call to give old clothes a new lease of life, followed by recycling them and listing items on sites like eBay or Depop.

Bianca Rangecroft added: “It’s good to have a bit of a rotate of your wardrobe or good clear out to find those lost belongings.

“You might find something you haven’t worn in years has made a comeback – and it’s time to flaunt it.”


  1. Black jeans
  2. Cosy jumper
  3. Pair of blue Levi jeans
  4. Polo shirt
  5. Leather jacket
  6. Oversized jumper
  7. Denim jacket
  8. Nike trainers
  9. Fitted white t-shirt
  10. Chinos
  11. Oversized hoodie
  12. Long skirt
  13. Linen shirt
  14. Top/jumper for DIY
  15. Converse trainers
  16. Wrap dress
  17. Checked/plaid shirt
  18. Flip-flops
  19. Wide-leg floaty trousers/culottes
  20. Nautical striped top
  21. Oversized white t-shirt
  22. Above-the-knee shorts
  23. Oversized printed t-shirt
  24. Baseball cap or similar, like snapbacks or flatpeak caps
  25. Dr Martens boots
  26. Free/branded t-shirts for pyjama tops
  27. Logo branded shirt – such as Ralph Lauren or Tommy Hilfiger
  28. Padded puffer coat
  29. Denim skirt
  30. Woolly/knitted hat
  31. Fluffy socks
  32. Parka coat
  33. Shacket (shirt that’s worn like a jacket)
  34. Floral A-line skirt
  35. High-waisted gym leggings
  36. Sports bra 
  37. “Boyfriend”/oversized joggers
  38. Beanie
  39. Tank top
  40. Sliders