What basics do you think everyone should have in their wardrobe? I'm desperately trying to expand mine but I'm basically starting from scratch.
hello! in my humble opinion, the bread and butter to any decent wardrobe begins with tops that can be layered and worn underneath/with any outfit, no matter what engagement.
your basic tops:
light, travel-friendly tees. black, gray, and white. this includes oversized, slouchier fitting; v-neck, and tight crew-neck ones. also, tank tops in these colors (wife-beaters, in nice, stretchy material). you can wear all of these with shorts, jeans, high-waisted skirts/pants, gauchos, long skirts, etc. they will never let you down! they also compliment strong fabrics like leather, suede velvet, silk, etc., without taking away the focus and looking simple yet effortless.
other on-top items you really kind of need // can dress down with jeans or dress up with a form-fitting skirt and some heels:
sharp, fitted, black blazer
long cardigan (preferably earth-toned like a camel, beige or brown) and of course, black
crispy, basic white button-down
black mini-dress (no brainer)
leather jacket // jean jacket
black skinnies // jeggings // leggings (always)
dark demin skinnies
black slacks [wide, possibly high waist]
[high-waist] black pencil skirt
[high-waist] jean pencil skirt
sheer black tights
and as far as shoes and accessories:
brown // black mid-calf leather boots
black knee-high boots (be them suede or leather)
oversized camel-colored hobo bag (perfect with brown and black)
classic, black platform pumps (duh)
simple, comfy black flats
strappy brown sandals // gladiators
nice, thick brown // black belt
i consider these necessary pieces basic because they are universally interchangeable and match with everything and for any event. black, white, gray, denim, and earth-tones are the foundation to any closet; after that you can have full-range and experiment with colors, patterns, textures, and all sorts of crazy schemes waiting for you.
“A French wardrobe secret called the ‘5 Piece French Wardrobe’. The idea is to buy just 5 new (on trend) items each season. Since there’s just two seasons in fashion, that’s about 10 pieces a year. Basics don’t count and I would only recommend to do this when you’re already have a nice basic wardrobe.”