We all know the staples of any wardrobe are your go to basics, classic pieces you can wear daily/nightly, dress down/up and generally form the base of your look. Here are my absolute essential, basic items, I couldn’t live without in my wardrobe and as you can see, they don’t have to break the bank!
The Skinny Jean
This pair, which I own, are from Warehouse; were £45, purchased on sale for £25.
I LOVE these jeans. Warehouse jeans are a first for me, I usually buy all my jeans from Top Shop, but I tried these on, as they were on sale and they are an amazing fit. Flattering and comfy and I adore the (on-trend) zip detail pockets. I did have to go up a size, Warehouse seem to make their clothes super small, so don’t be disheartened if your usual size is a bit on the neat size in there.
The White Tee
White Tee, £6 from H&M.
I have TONS of white Tee’s and they are mostly from H&M. I find they are really affordable and a nice fit. I like my white T to be a bit baggy, not too tight and one that hangs past my belly! These are perfect.
This blazer is £48 from Top Shop and I have one very similar to it that I, surprise surprise, found in the sale for £20 last year. I have three black blazers – one fitted and ‘suit’ like for work, one like this that I wear out or casual and the third, a loose tuxedo style with 3/4 length sleeves, I wear to work or for going out.
The Ballet Pump
These nude ballet pumps are £16 from Top Shop and I am now on my second pair after wearing the first to a slow death! I’m crazy about these little pumps. Obviously a shoe for the drier/warmer weather, but all spring/summer I wear mine with skinny jeans, skirts, dresses, just about everything really. They are comfortable and cute as a button!
White Cons, from well, just about anywhere! My most recent pair were £45 from Office and you’ll find that price is pretty standard across the board. I LIVE in my cons; you literally have to peel them off me these days, apart from these wet winter months when I’m in my biker boots, but with the cons, I wear them smart to work with jeans and a blazer, casual at the weekend and even going out. I just can’t see past these shoes, they go with EVERYTHING!
I got this bag this year with some birthday vouchers for Top Shop – it was £40 and I have used it everyday since I got it. It’s got a hint of Victoria Beckham about it, maybe a bit of McQueen, that nice structured tote that you can fit a ton of stuff in. It’s classic, elegant and I think it’s a real find.
I have a necklace, almost identical to this one pictured, that I got in H&M for £2!!! An absolute steal and I wear it nearly everyday. It’s pretty, petite and goes with almost everything. A nice little basic to brighten my neckline.
These are my staples, absolute no negociating, I must have, staples. Adding all the other bits that transform them into a different outfit everyday….that’s the fun part…