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Don't Call Me Basic

almost 3 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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MM6 Maison Margiela Breton-stripe step-hem top
MAISON MARGIELA
MM6 Breton-stripe step-hem top
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MM6 Maison Margiela Breton-stripe step-hem top
MAISON MARGIELA
MM6 Breton-stripe step-hem top
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 Kristha striped linen-blend blazer
ACNE STUDIOS
Kristha striped linen-blend blazer
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See By Chloé High-rise striped cotton-blend trousers
SEE BY CHLOÉ
High-rise striped cotton-blend trousers
1

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 Microsuede Mules
BCBG
Microsuede Mules
5
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Frye Gwen Pickstitch Suede Mules
FRYE
Gwen Pickstitch Suede Mules
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 Women's Leather Biker Jacket
HELMUT LANG
Women's Leather Biker Jacket
3
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Alexander Wang Daze Zip Denim Jacket
ALEXANDER WANG
Daze Zip Denim Jacket
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 SERENA SLOUCHY STRAIGHT-LEG JEAN
TORY BURCH
SERENA SLOUCHY STRAIGHT-LEG JEAN
14
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rag & bone Marilyn Jean
RAG & BONE
Marilyn Jean
13
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7 For All Mankind Women's Josefina Boyfriend Jean
7 FOR ALL MANKIND
Women's Josefina Boyfriend Jean
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 Quinn Ring Set
GORJANA
Quinn Ring Set
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Topshop Marble Silicone Watch
TOPSHOP
Marble Silicone Watch
7
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BaubleBar Punto Everyday Fine Double Ring
BAUBLEBAR
Punto Everyday Fine Double Ring
4

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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