The Basics You Need For A
I've realised as time goes on, that however much I love the statement pieces in my closet, the basics are my real 'go to' clothing that I wear day in and day out.
They are the mix and match items that I can team with almost anything in my wardrobe, they are the block colour pieces that can dress up or down my look and they are the classic wardrobe staples that I reach for time and time again.
I think there are a multitude of translations when we consider what our personal basics are, but for me there are a few key pieces in my wardrobe that I would encourage anyone to invest in - a capsule wardrobe within a wardrobe perhaps?
THE BASIC BODYSUIT
This outfit is the perfect example of using a great basic to elevate my look while also letting my statement piece shine. I love this Jonathan Simkhai skirt and I really wanted to pull out it out for the transition into Autumn during fashion week in New York. I knew I needed something classic and simple to let the skirt do the talking but I also wanted to make sure it was a piece that made me feel great and not like it was an after thought. Cue my current favourite black body from All Saints. With its chic long sleeves and low back that shows a little skin, it was the perfect match and a key piece I've teamed with jeans, skirts and even under suits - a must have item.
THE WHITE TEE
If it's good enough for Victoria Beckham then it's good enough for me - I feel like that might be my new life motto actually? You probably all know how I feel about a great tee; from my recent post on designer slogans, my love for a casual tee contrasted with crisp tailoring and my adoration for anything VB herself styles. If there's one easy to style item you should invest in for pretty much any season in the year, it should be a slightly oversized, round neck white tee. Perfect to wear with that killer suit and still looks amazing with your favourite jeans and heels. A key addition to any wardrobe no matter what your style.
THE CLASSIC BLAZER
When I travel I try to remember to pack at least one blazer. A. For practicality - You never know when you'll need another layer in a chilly, air conditioned restaurant and B. To finish an outfit - A blazer thrown over pretty much any look will finish off things perfectly. I recently made the mistake of travelling to Paris without one and I felt utterly naked (first world fashion problems I know) but I definitely would have felt far more confident with a classic tailored blazer to style. Balmain is definitely a go to investment brand for me but there are some great high street options too that look just as chic and put together.
THE BLUE DENIM
It can be hard to find that right shade of blue and the perfect cut to make you feel great, but when you do - hold onto those babies for dear life! A great pair of classic blue denim will serve you so well and will be a core piece of anyone's closet. Easy to dress up with your 'goes with everything' heels and easy to dress down with your faithful converse. There are so many choices; boyfriend, skinny, straight and mom but whichever style leaves you strutting down the high street like you own it is the pair you should consider part of your wardrobe basics.
THE NUDE HEEL
And my signature style must-have is a nude heel. It doesn't matter if we're talking sky high or kitten heel, designer or high street, a nude heel is something you will never regret adding to your closet. Not only will it lengthen your leg if you're wearing that dress that makes you feel like a million dollars, but it will go with any colour in your wardrobe guaranteed. A nude heel will be your 'go to' shoe for meetings, weddings, date nights and everything in-between and it's one of those items I get my cost per wear from every single time. Courts, stilettos, slingbacks or peep toe - you can't go wrong with any of them!
Which item would you say is your most worn piece of clothing this time of year?