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Wardrobe Basics That Are The Building Blocks For Every Outfit

Practicality never looked so good.

We’ve all been there, so many clothes, yet nothing to wear.

You have to start well to finish first and that is totally applicable to building the perfect wardrobe.

The trick is to spend less by choosing well.  A closet, bursting full of one-off, vintage finds, may initially seem pleasing but speaking from experience, it usually means that it is impossible to build outfits because nothing actually goes.

Creating a collection of go-to, good quality basics is the beginning of better and more wearable outfits.

Practical can still be cool, it’s just a more put together version.

Purchasing outfit building-blocks means less time frantically changing in the mornings and a tidier bedroom floor. If everything you own can be worn many ways by layering, mixing and matching, you’ve subtly planned outfits for a lifetime.

BONUS: when you do want to wear your one of a kind, show stopping piece, you’ll have multiple looks to wear it with.

Think pieces like a black skivvy – super chic on its own but will also add an ‘It’ girl element when layered under dresses and shirts.

The edit below is a starting point for those that are ready for a wardrobe overhaul. For everyone else, use it as a shopping guide for future spending.

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BLAZER

Fashion Director @ NET-A-PORTER, Lisa Aiken said every woman must own a black blazer because it is the ultimate wardrobe essential. For an instant fix throw it over anything and everything.

Vanessa Bruno
Black Blazer
BLAZER

BRANDED TEE

T-shirts of any kind are the basic of all basics. This Rouje tee has the perfect fit plus the branding will give you instant 'It' girl status. All the French-girl insta babes have one.

Rouje
Remi Tee
BRANDED TEE

BLUE DENIM

Affordable, fitted, blue jeans with a straight leg are a rare find but a must have. Snap these ones up before they disappear.

Raey
Cigarette Jeans
BLUE DENIM

RM'S TO BOOT

RM's will last a lifetime, go with everything and are super comfortable. Plus the pointed toe and raised heel make them hella flattering.

RM William's
Millicent Boots
RM'S TO BOOT

LBD

We all know the importance of a little black dress. It's perfect for going out. Plus it can be dressed down with a tee underneath and some sneakers.

Realisation Par
Christy Dress
LBD

STATEMENT BAG

Ring handles are everywhere at the moment. This bag is such a good size and length. Perfect mix of cool and practical.

Mango
Metallic Handle Shoulder Bag
STATEMENT BAG

LONG-SLEEVE TOP

The ribbed texture and cute logo add that little edge to this wardrobe essential. It looks great under cami's and dresses or solo with skirt or jeans.

Parfemme
Rib Long Sleeve Top
LONG-SLEEVE TOP

BLING

Statement necklaces will pull together any basic outfit and look like you've made an effort when in truth all you did was put it on!

Missoma
Large Horn Necklace
BLING

SKIVVY

A skivvy is your wardrobe life saver. It always looks chic but will keep you warm too and be layered under everything. It will toughen up a floral dress and make any sweatshirt look sleeker.

H&M
Ribbed polo-neck
SKIVVY

SAILOR PANTS

Wide leg pants are just so cool. They're the most flattering style out there the high waist means you can wear a crop top like a grown up.

Jesse Kamm
Salt White Sailor Pant
SAILOR PANTS

NECKERCHIEF

A silk scarf is a key ingredient when making a tee and jeans chicer. Wear it around a messy bun or tie it around your neck to finish off any look.

66 The Label
Stevie Silk Scarf
NECKERCHIEF

COLLARED SHIRT

The white shirt is a foundational piece for literally everyone's wardrobe and will make you look like you've got your life together (even if you're feeling like you don't!).

Alexa Chung
Cotton Shirt
COLLARED SHIRT

HOOPS

Alighieri's pieces will have people stopping you in the street. If you're going to invest in one statement pair of hoops, look no further.

Alighieri
Surreal Lion Earrings
HOOPS

CLASSIC CAMI

A black camisole is a fail-safe piece that will save you on 'nothing to wear' days (just add jeans!). Try it over a white t shirt for a 90s look.

Cami NYC
Bailey Camisole
CLASSIC CAMI

SOCKS

We love socks. Socks with heels, sneakers or poking out of ankle boots. Choosing cute socks with a logo like these or with textures, frills or sparkles will surprisingly update the most basic outfits. Try it!

Asos
Snake & Floral Badge Socks
SOCKS

KICKS

When it comes to sneakers, we think always choose white. They'll go with everything you own and add that casual element without making you look scruffy.

Common Projects
Achilles Low-Top Trainers
KICKS
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