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Don't Call Me Basic

about 2 years ago

Basic can be seen as a negative term, but basics literally rule my wardrobe and I wouldn't have it any other way. Here's a couple of not-so-basic basics that I currently have my eye on...

Stripes


Stripes are eternally stylish and should always be considered a basic or staple, in my eyes. I love simple tops, that could be styled with anything from denim to leather. Basics with an elevated edge is my jam.

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MAISON MARGIELA
$495.00 $247.00
1
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MAISON MARGIELA
$495.00 $297.00
1

You should always include some basic, striped tailoring too. This blazer is so on-trend right now, yes, but actually it's also just a really key staple so a great investment piece. Also - I love these striped See By Chloé trousers. The shape is perfection.

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ACNE STUDIOS
$750.00 $525.00
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SEE BY CHLOÉ
$330.00 $231.00
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Basic Shoes


To style with anything from skinny jeans, a micro mini skirt and a maxi dress, I truly believe you just need a pair of neutral flat mules and a pair of heeled mules. Yes, of course I want 5000 other pairs of shoes but these could see me through for quite some time and there's nothing boring about either of these "basics".

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BCBG
$89.00 $39.99
5
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FRYE
$198.00 $54.97
20

Jackets


True basic jackets we all need: 1 - black leather biker. 2 - Light-wash denim.
Here is where I always invest in higher quality jackets because I get so much wear out of these styles. I love this classic biker and this A Wang long line denim is such a key piece.

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HELMUT LANG
$1,595.00 $879.00
3
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ALEXANDER WANG
$495.00 $349.00
2

Jeans


Obviously, any basic wardrobe has to include the perfect pair of jeans. I'm currently into only light-wash and loose-fit, so these are the 3 I currently have lingering in my shopping cart.

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TORY BURCH
$198.00 $99.00
15
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RAG & BONE
$295.00 $127.00
13
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7 FOR ALL MANKIND
Not all sizes/colors
$215.00 $113.18
12

Basic Jewels


Statement jewellery is nice, of course. However, the majority of my jewellery collection consists of basic or staple pieces in gold and silver. Any of these picks would elevate any outfit, which is exactly what a basic item should do.

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TOPSHOP
$14.00 $11.20
12
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GORJANA
$65.00 $47.00
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TOPSHOP
$38.00 $28.00
7
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BAUBLEBAR
$52.00 $31.20
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Don't mistake basic for key.


These key pieces can make up the backbone of a wardrobe, beautifully pairing with each other and with bolder, statement pieces.

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