Basics

Basic tee looks

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Bloggers are experts at making the white tee look sinfully good. Basics are anything but boring. Having an affair with basics is always fun. For instant sophistication, pair a white tee with a classic blac staple or kick things up a notch and go full thottle in leather.

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Basic Staples

In the world of wardrobes, it’s time to take inventory of the staples in your closet. We’ve all got some tees and jeans that have seen better days. Retire them and bring in a new guard that can carry you through the whole year.

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T-SHIRTS Black, white, or grey. Dressed up or down. T-shirts are the foundation of any closet. Stock up on two or three of each color.
DENIM If you’re like most of mortals you’ve got a stack of jeans in your closet, and you only wear about three pairs. Set those three aside and get rid of the rest (if they’re barely worn, donation is always a great option). Your closet will be organized, and you won’t feel guilty when you pick up a new pair
SWEATERS Plush knits make morning dressing truly effortless—perfect for casual Saturdays. Build out your own stack of classic stripes, solids, and polka dots
BUTTON-DOWNS The classic that defines staple dressing, even a wrinkled shirt feels refined, thanks to its tailored detailing. Every closet needs a plaid, chambray, and white version, and it doesn’t hurt to sprinkle in a few other prints and solid shades.

Daily Style | Five basic must-haves to update your look

I’ve put together a list of just five things you should buy to always be sartorially prepared. They are the building blocks to the refreshed wardrobe, the pieces that you can mix in with new season must-haves to update your look, the garments that will mean you never truly succumb to the status of fashion victim

1. The White Shirt

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Many of us had to wear a white shirt as part of our school uniform back in the day, which could have seriously taken the shine of its sartorial appeal, and yet its continued appearance on the catwalk – teamed with everything from sequinned skirts to tweed trousers – mean that it remains an absolute staple. As something versatile that suits everyone, the buttoned-up white shirt is the perfect quick fix for adding some smartness to all your wardrobe favourites.
2. The Black Trousers

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More sophisticated than jeans yet practical and easy to wear, pulling on a pair of well-cut black trousers in the morning is a fail-safe option on those days when you just don’t know what to put on. Silk blouses, chunky knits and curve-hugging tops can be inter-changed with ease, meaning that you can change occasion throughout the day with the minimum of fuss.

3. The Colourful Jacket

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Sure it’s tempting to go for the black option, but that means making more effort with the clothes you’ve got on underneath. Invest in a strikingly hued blazer (making sure it’s a colour that suits you and fits in with the rest of your wardrobe) and all you need to do is throw it on over simple basics to add some fashion flair to your outfit, or even busy prints for some seriously directional style!

4. The Knee-length Pencil Skirt

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Unlike the mini and the maxi, which are quite frankly ageist, the knee length skirt works on most people, particularly in the classic pencil shape which is designed to highlight the good bits and play down the bad ones. They also fit perfectly with most of the trends you’ll see popping up every season in one way or another – florals, monochrome, ladylike and punk to name but four.

5. The Striped Top

Five basic must-haves
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Can anyone really remember a time when nautical wasn’t a major driving fashion force? Unlikely, unless they pre-date Coco Chanel, who kick-started the trend by wearing sailor’s Breton tops back in the Twenties. Since then, stripes, particularly of the blue and white, or black and white jailhouse persuasion have become de regieur in the fashion fan’s uniform.

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The Vogue Paris editor, French girl chic in basics, pumps, blazers, low rise skinny jeans with a belt, motorcycle jackets, thigh high boots and oversize jackets taking after her boss Emmanuelle Alt

Metallic trend

You love the latest metallic trend and you’d work them into your wardrobe without looking like a disco ball, isn’t it?

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Pair metallics with neutrals and keep accessories minimal.- Styling with sequins and metallic finishes can be overwhelming. The key to avoid going overboard is to pick one bold piece and anchor it with neutral basics and classic silhouettes.

METALLIC BLAZER
A tuxedo blazer in a snappy fabrication is the perfect topper for a simple dress. I like to mirror the tones of the dress in the shoes. This coordination keeps it pulled together, and also ensures that your look stays on target if you lose the blazer after a few twirls around the dance floor. Top it off with modern earrings and a structured clutch. These elements echo back to the blazer, keeping the ensemble rooted in a crisp and angular sensibility.

METALLIC TEE
A textured metallic tee is a fun move for party season: the shine packs a punch but the shape is easy to wear. Style it back to a sharp pencil skirt to keep with the simple silhouette. Give the look life with a sexy shoe and modern clutch, and finish it off with sparkling gems.