The word ‘staple’ is tossed around a lot these days. But what does it take for a piece to truly secure a place in the menswear hall of fame?

River Island thinks it has a pretty good idea, so the high street heavyweight has used its savvy to debut a brand new line of unanimously cool menswear classics that have stood the test of time.

Launching 12 September, the 38-piece Style Staples range is made up of premium essentials including an Oxford shirt, blue jeans and single-breasted overcoat, along with shoes, hats and belts.

Designed to serve as a one-stop-shop for contemporary, clean dressing, the pieces have all been made from high quality fabrics like soft waffle cotton and luxe brushed wool.

To show the edit is capable of forming the foundations of any look while still passing the pub test (and not just on price), the essentials have been shot on ‘real’ guys – from builder Phillip Zecivic and rapper Mikill Pane, to bloggers Gallucks and Mikko.

Check out our selection of the best pieces below and plan your buy ahead of the launch (before your well-dressed colleagues get the same idea.)

The River Island Style Staples line will be available from 12 September online and in stores, priced from £8.

Wool Mix Single Breasted Camel Overcoat (£75)

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White Waffle Cotton T-shirt (£15)

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Washed Blue Denim Shirt (£30)

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Grey Tapered Jersey Joggers (£22)

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Olive MA1 Bomber Jacket (£55)

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Black Suede Chelsea Boots (£40)

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Red-Black Western Check Shirt” (£25)

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Washed Indigo Skinny Jeans (£30)

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White Cotton Button-Down Oxford Shirt (£20)

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Black Viscose Revere Collar Shirt (£25)

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Mid-Wash Denim Jacket With Detachable Borg Collar (£50)

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Charcoal Grey Marl Baseball Cap (£12)

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Wool-Mix Camel Crew Neck Jumper (£20)

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Distressed Black Denim Shirt (£30)

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Grey Jersey Hoodie (£22)

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Khaki Green Cotton Polo Shirt (£20)

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Ribbed Salt And Pepper Rollneck (£25)

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Suede Worker Boots (£60)

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Wool-Mix Burgundy Crew Neck Jumper (£25)

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