Print Edition: February 27, 2013
When it comes to fashion, I cannot stress how beneficial it is to have a collection of great basics. Basics, essentially, are items that you can practically wear on all occasions, dressing them up or down to suit your needs and your style. Think of them as foundations for outfits; you can add other pieces to create multiple looks, all with using the same base items. They are simple but workable pieces that, in my opinion, are essential in any wardrobe due to their versatility.
The first thing you’ll need is a fitted white button-up. It can work absolute wonders for your wardrobe because it is so crisp and fresh, making it an amazing piece to start out an outfit. It is super easy to style, simply by layering it under a knit sweater or a comfy cardigan, which is both warm and stylish at the same time. The great thing about this classic shirt is that it is a solid base, giving you a canvas to make it your own, to suit your own personal style.
Next, there is the structured blazer. I cannot even begin to explain how much this piece can do for your wardrobe because you can literally wear it for all occasions. It can instantly add sophistication to a casual outfit, or dress-down an evening look. It is one of my wardrobe staples because of this: I can use it time and time again, but for completely different looks.
Now if comfort is more your thing, I always thing it is good to have a simple cardigan in a neutral tone, one that is preferably comfy and oversized. These work great for layering in any situation, and I often turn to mine if I am in a pinch. Hell, you could even layer it with multiple, more colourful ones for a cute, hipster-y effect. Cardigans are pretty much a universal favourite, from what I have seen, so this is one essential that you more than likely already have a multitude of.
For bottoms, dark wash skinny jeans are the holy grail of basic pants because they look amazing with pretty much everything. I live in my high-waisted ones because they are incredibly comfortable and I can pair them with almost any of my outfits.
Now no basic collection is complete without the little black dress. Effortlessly chic and timeless, the “LBD” is a wardrobe staple because it is so workable. Throw one on for any occasion, whether it is date night, dinner party or even for school. They are so sleek and sophisticated, making them perfect to personalize with the help of accessories. My pick is the classic Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s style due to its figure-flattering shape and boat neck top. If that doesn’t scream classy, I don’t know what does.
Last but not least, the shoes. I could be totally boring and suggest doing a simple black flat, but I think that’s already a given for most out there. No, instead I am going to suggest either a nude heel or a nude flat. They go with everything, whether it’s an eccentric outfit or a neutral one, and their minimalistic style adds a touch of chic to your look.