When in doubt, go to basic. That’s my fashion rule, and I’m not going to change it anytime soon.
Basic items work almost anywhere and anytime. You can wear it to class if you’re a student. You can layer it up and wear it to the office – if your industry is not that formal. You can wear it when you hang out with friends, or when you have a date with someone you like.
But, what do you consider basic and not basic? For me, basic items are versatile items. It doesn’t have a single purpose only. For example, a glittery, sequined long dress will probably catch people’s eyes in a gala party but will be hard to fit in other situation. That’s not a basic item.
So, what are the examples of a basic item? Below, I’ve listed the basic items that I would never get rid of my closet.
1.Fit white shirt
There will be quite a lot of formal events in your life that requires you to wear a white shirt, like a job interview or business meetings. That’s why you can’t have this item in your possession.
The white shirt is very versatile. It’s a staple in formal wear, but you can also aim to look casual with a white shirt by layering it with less formal items, like a knitted cardigan or printed pants.
The key to choosing white shirt is to make sure it fits your body type. You can’t have it too tight or too loose, because it lessens the professional vibes that are the charm of the shirt. If you can’t find any in your size, asking a tailor to fix it for you won’t cost that much.
We’re still talking about tops. A single white shirt can be boring if you wear it too many times. You need to have several backups, in a variation of colors. However, make sure the color is either monochromatic or pastel, so you can easily mix it up with any skirt or pants.
Blouses, paired with a blazer, can give off professional vibe for an office look. Wear it on its own and you’re cute enough to go to class or to date.
3.Dark A-line skirt
The dark skirt looks really nice paired with any kind of top. You can wear it with anything – from a white shirt to blouse to a t-shirt to sweatshirt – practically any top you can think, and you’ll still get feminine vibe out of it.
A-line is the classic cut out of all skirt. Just make sure to choose A-line that suits your body type and not too short as well, if you want it to be more versatile.
4.Dark dress pants
Dark dress pants are the soulmate of the white shirt. You may think that the combination of the two is boring, but they’re the basis of the business suit. It conveys the message that you’re professional and knows what you’re doing. But, business is not the only time you get to wear these pants. Pair it with a blouse for a semi-casual setting.
Make sure the length is precise. If it’s too long, bring it to tailor to get it fixed. You’ll want that extra precision because it what makes you look put together the most.
Of course, you must have blue jeans in your closet. Jeans are stylish yet effortless, and in a casual setting – very versatile. Wear it with any top you want – from a t-shirt to sweatshirt to a tank top, even blouse and shirt.
The best cut for a female would be skinny or boot cut. The most versatile one is the one without any rip, fading, or another embellishment – then you can wear it practically anywhere except formal event.
A black blazer is an ultimate outer. You’ll need it more often than you think you would. Wear it with a white shirt or blouse with dress pants, and you’ll get your professional look. You’ll feel powerful in this outfit, trust me.
Just remember to make sure the blazer is the perfect size for you, because this is that piece that you wear to impress, and you don’t want it to be too loose or too tight. Extra money to get black blazer tailored is so worth it.
The sweater doesn’t fall in the formal category, however, it is still versatile in a casual setting. Wearing sweater makes you look warm, friendly, and approachable.
For the sweater, there isn’t really any rule for basic. You can go with pastel or solid color, and it will still work. Pair it with shorts fora cute yet sexy look, pair it with a skirt for a cute and feminine look, pair it with jeans and sneakers for a casual look, you choose what you want!
Black heels will accompany you from innocent first date night to winning a big contract with your most difficult client. It’s classic, it’s stylish. It makes you taller and your leg sexier, sounds like magic, yeah? That’s why you must own at least one.
The most basic heels, which will be acceptable in almost all situation, is 2-3 inches heels. Make sure to choose one that is really comfortable on your feet, because we all know that we pay for black heels magic with soreness.
9.Neutral-colored ballet flats
Nothing is more comfortable to wear than shoes with flat soles. There are times when you need heels, but there are also more times when you need to walk comfortably, and ballet flats will serve you better for this purpose.
Ballet flats make you look feminine and cute, and it comes with many designs and styles that you can choose according to your existing outfits. Of course, if you want basic ballet flats, choose one with a neutral color. But, since flats tend to be cheaper than heels, you can add more to your collection with some splash of boldly-colored ones.
This is another casual item, but you definitely must have one. It’s great for class, hang out, date, even travel. If you do a lot of running (from class to class, probably?), you’ll want to wear one.
Again, choose sneakers with a neutral color. Keep them simple, not too many color combination, so they can be paired with anything.
11.Little Black Dress(LBD)
You’ve heard this advice from everyone else, and you’re going to hear it once more from me. Invest in a little black dress. It’s your saving grace when you have a formal event to attend but no time to prepare for the dress.
Little black dress is classy, sexy, yet effortless. Just make sure it’s not too short and doesn’t show that much cleavage if you want it to be as versatile as it can be. Aside from formal event, you can layer LBD with any outer for a more casual look.
This article was written by Nag Endra, a freelance content writer. He mainly writes on Health and lifestyle-related subjects. His recent freelancing project was from Smile Tutor, a private home tuition agency that helps to find the right home tutors for parents and students.