How many times have you opened your wardrobe only to be overwhelmed by the feeling that you’ve got nothing to wear? How often do you buy an item of clothing thinking you’ll love and wear it with everything, only for it to have a handful of outings before being designated to the charity shop?
The key to stress free mornings and solving dressing dilemmas is a wardrobe of classic staples. If you are prepared to spend more money on good quality, classic styles, the chances are they will last you well and are unlikely to go out of fashion. Here are 7 simple pieces to start with, that I guarantee you’ll wear again and again.
#1: A Plain White Tee
An obvious choice – but is there anything more versatile? I’m struggling to think of an outfit where a white t shirt wouldn’t work. Layer under summer dresses to see them through to autumn, tuck into a pencil skirt or simply wear with a pair of well fitting jeans – this is the holy grail of staple wardrobe items. Rapanui offer an affordable, organic cotton version.
Plain Women’s Organic Top – Rapunui
#2: A Classic Crew-Neck Knit
Stock up on grey and navy crew-necks – reliable but luxurious basics that will work just as well dressed up as they do dressed down. Cotton or light knits are the best choices for the end of the tricky British summer weather and wearing an oversized jumper with a ditsy skirt or slip dress gives the look a modern update. Buying a size larger or from the men’s section will achieve a slouchy, more laid back style whereas a fitted version lends better to the preppy, All-American look. Either way, a good quality crew neck jumper in a classic colour will always look good. This 100% cotton knit from Seasalt will see you well into the depths of winter.
Indigo Crewneck – Seasalt
#3: A Pair of Well-Fitted Jeans
I purposely haven’t included a particular fit or style of jeans in the title as it’s important to go with whatever you feel most comfortable in, whether it’s skinny, straight, flare or MOM jean style. But a pair of good quality denim jeans will last and can be worn with absolutely anything. Monkee Genes sell organic bamboo and cotton jeans and their ranges of cuts and colours should suit everyone. I particularly like this super skinny black pair that can be easily dressed up or down.
Black Jet Super Skinny – Monkee Jeans
#4: A White Shirt
A white shirt is one item that screams timeless capsule wardrobe. Use as a blank canvas that will freshen up any look- tucked into high waisted denim, showcasing a statement necklace or layered with knitwear. A classic cut will never date. Go for a slightly tailored version to avoid anything too boxy or give you flashbacks of your school uniform. This Boden version is made from 100% cotton and is very reasonably priced at £40.
The Classic Shirt-Boden
#5: A Striped Top
Since entering fashion consciousness thanks to Coco Chanel, the Breton top can look sophisticated or relaxed, depending on what you pair it with. Mix with solid colours, florals, even other striped pieces, a Breton top has never gone out of style. Seasalt has a huge selection of striped tops, all made from organic cotton:
Classic Breton Top – Seasalt
#6: Classic Black Trousers
Everybody needs at least one pair of black trousers. Wear them with a silk blouse and smart shoes for work or a T-shirt on a chilled Saturday. The cut – high waist, cropped, wide legged, cigarette – is up to you. This pair from People Tree are a flattering cut, and the roll up at the bottoms make for a fresh, modern look with minimal effort required – an instant wardrobe staple.
Cynthia Trousers – People Tree
#7: Ballet Pumps
There’s a reason everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Alexa Chung loves a good pair of ballet flats: They’re equal parts chic and comfortable! They can seamlessly transition from day to night, and a classic colour such as black, navy or nude will go with almost any outfit. This pair from Beyond Skin are made from PETA approved vegan materials and are handmade in Spain.
Black Court Shoes – Beyond Skin
I hope we’ve managed to cover all your wardrobe basics and helped you on your way to the perfect conscious capsule wardrobe. We want to see how you style your wardrobe staples so tag us @revival.collective in your pictures on instagram!