One thing that all stylish women have in common, regardless of their personal tastes, is the ability to nail the basics and build on them. Real fashionistas know that while trends may come and go, some things are forever. It doesn’t matter if your wardrobe is bursting open and overflowing with the latest new season styles or if you have mastered a minimal capsule wardrobe, if you don’t have the classics in there, you’ll end up feeling like you have nothing to wear more often than not.
Basics are the building blocks of our outfits, but they often get overlooked for more exciting, trendy pieces – we’re here to tell you that yes, trends are great and definitely have their place but the basics are important too! Sometimes all you need to feel chic and stylish is a plan white tee and a good pair of jeans, right? So, get back to basics with our list of 10 wardrobe essentials that you need right now.
1. A Plain White T-Shirt
A white t-shirt is the perfect go-to item if you’re ever feeling uninspired, because it’s effortless and can be dressed up and down depending on your mood. Nothing says nonchalant-chic like a plain white tee, thrown on under a denim jacket with a pair of black jeans and some stacking rings adorning your fingers. Or, how about date night style with a statement necklace and a fitted pencil skirt? So, invest in one. Invest in five, even, and try it out next time you “have nothing to wear”.
2. A Chunky Knit
Yes, comfy can also be chic, we promise! A chunky knit in black or cream will not only keep you warm but will also spice up night out outfits, if you’re feeling bold. A jumper with a pencil skirt and bling accessories is a little bit different to standard eveningwear and will turn heads every time. You can also, of course, wear a knit in more casual settings too – shopping, lunch dates, and at work – you name it, you can wear it.
3. A Crisp White Shirt
The ultimate in workwear attire, a white button-up shirt will be your best friend on those days where you just can’t with getting dressed for the office. Pair with skirts, trousers, or layer over and under dresses or wear it off-duty with jeans for a preppy weekend look.
4. Well-Fitting Jeans
Jeans shopping is pretty much the worst, we understand that, but it’s a necessary evil since no wardrobe can be truly complete without a good pair of jeans. The trick is to find your style and stick with it, whether that’s skinny and high-waisted, or low rise, flared, whatever. If, like a lot of people, you’re averse to jeans and not sure what style to go for, try out a few and go with what feels most comfortable. A darker wash will be more flattering, and cleverly placed pockets can also smooth out your silhouette and hide anything you aren’t so confident about.
5. A Little Black Dress
Obviously! We find it hard to believe that you’ve never heard this before and that you don’t already have at least one. A knockout LBD is a wardrobe staple and should be on standby for whenever you’re feeling uninspired or just too lazy to put together anything else.
6. A Trench Coat
Lightweight, waterproof, comfortable and eternally stylish – the trench coat is the perfect outerwear option for when you want to make a subtle statement about how utterly fabulous you are. They go with everything, so there is no excuse for not having one tucked away for when you need something classic.
7. A Sharp Blazer
A well-tailored blazer will take you from work to drinks and back again without any fuss. Whether you prefer a suited-and-booted boardroom-ready style or something a little bit more relaxed, like a boyfriend fit, a blazer in black or grey will take you from work to drinks and back again with zero fuss. Throw it on and go.
8. A Breton-Striped Top
Breton stripes are a bona fide classic – worn by everyone from Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn to Alexa Chung and Gigi Hadid. It’s easy to dress up or down, like a plain white tee, but can also be used to mix and match with other patterns and prints for a striking look, because stripes are basically a neutral these days.
9. Easy Black Trousers
The cut is your choice, just like jeans – whether you like them high waisted, tapered, cropped, wide legged is up to you. They should make you feel great when you wear them, whether that’s with a pretty printed blouse and pointed pumps or relaxed with your white tee and a pair of trainers.
10. The Pencil Skirt
Professional when it needs to be, relaxed when you want it to be, a pencil skirt is a vital ingredient in any stylish wardrobe. They are flattering, easy to wear and so, so versatile you can build any look around them whatever your personal style may be.