Investing in the basics.

I've always loved the idea of creating a simple, staple wardrobe - but I've always thought that I'd never be able to manage it due to the fact that I always seem to have way too many clothes sitting in my wardrobe.. However, since taking a little more notice of the clothes that I wear the most and the most regularly, I pretty much already have one. I've started to realise that there's a general pattern in what I love to wear.

The basics.

The timeless, classic style items that will never disappear from the high street. The things that you can wear all year round. The pieces that you can wear with everything and anything, and the ones that you can dress up or down to suit whatever occasion.


And so, I've made a new promise to myself. With the exception of a few items, I'm going to try and only invest in the 'basics'. I'm going to slowly build up a new wardrobe of these items that I know I'll be able to wear for years, and that I won't be throwing away 6 months from now because they're no longer 'in fashion'.

Here are a few of my faves!



S T R I P E S

Where would we be without stripes? The good ol' Breton shirt has been a wardrobe staple for over 150 years when it was introduced as uniform for the navy (yes I have researched the history of the Breton. Don't judge me, okay?), and then into more mainstream fashion when Coco Chanel used the pattern for her nautical collection. It's a style that suits everyone and that anyone can wear. I love the Parisian-esque vibe that a Breton shirt instantly gives off. And to make it even more French, I love wearing a red neckerchief and red lipstick to go with it!


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G O O D  J E A N S

I'm in the fortunate position that I get to literally wear whatever I want to work. Our office is very casual, and so I'm in jeans most days. Going from business dress to casual every day, was a shock to my then only 1 pair of jeans - they got worn out very quickly! Needless to say, I've invested in a few more pairs since then. I have 2 pairs of the black Joni jeans from Topshop (I wear these on days when I have a few meetings, as they're slightly smarter) but you can never underestimate how effortlessly stylish blue jeans can look.



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B O D Y S U I T S

Apart from being an absolute nightmare when you're bursting for a wee, I adore wearing bodysuits. They're comfortable and easy to style and you don't have to worry about coming untucked half way through the day. One of my favourite things about bodysuits is that you can dress them for any occasion. Wear them with your jeans and trainers for a casual look, or pair them with smart black trousers a killer pair of heels and you're ready for any formal event, too. How beautiful is this lacy version below, too? This would look so beaut & elegant for an evening of drinks.


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B U T T O N - D O W N   S H I R T S

Okay, first up. If anyone can teach me how to master the half-tuck, that would be greatly appreciated. It's one of those things that I can just never seem to get right and it always just looks a little silly on me! But anyway, a good button-down shirt is another versatile piece that I have a fair few of. You can literally throw one on with a pair of jeans and run out the door knowing that you're good to go! Similar to the bodysuits, you can rock a pair of trainers for a more preppy look, or grab your favourite heels to go from day-to-night for a smarter, more dressed up look.

I bought a Polo Ralph Lauren pink one from one of their outlet stores a few years ago and oh my, I didn't take it off for about 3 weeks after. I love it!


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What are your favourite 'basic' pieces?

Soph 

8 comments

  1. I love stripy tops too. I often prefer to stay away from trends and to buy things that I will want to wear for a long time instead x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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    1. I think that's the best way to go, Jenny! Definitely the least expensive haha! x

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  2. I don't know where I would be if it weren't for the striped pieces I own and the shirts! I just love wearing them xxx
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    1. Aren't they just the easiest things to wear?! xx

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  3. This post pretty much summed up my wardrobe, except for the bodysuits which always just seem too much of a faff for me. A striped top and jeans is definitely my go-to outfit - I've lost count of how many stripey tops I have now!


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    1. Haha they are a faff, but I do love them all the same. Striped tops are literally the best - I feel like they suit everyone! xx

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  4. Stripes are definitely a wardrobe essential for me too! Good quality striped t-shirts are a staple for me. Worn with trousers or a skirt they're smart enough for me to go to work, but also look great with jeans. I also like to have a couple of smarter shift dresses, especially if I can find some with pockets! And knitted jumpers are another basic I like to have around. Comfy but smart - ideal for most of my activities (just sadly not compliant with my job dress code).
    Jennifer x
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    1. Haha yes! Any dress with pockets is an instance win for any girl. I can't wait to dig out my knitted jumpers either, I adore wearing them Autumn/Winter! xx

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