I always hear people talking about their “wardrobe basics”. They go on about deliberately selecting pieces that act as the foundation to build a great wardrobe on. I’ve seen so many spreads and guides in magazines over the years, but to be honest this concept completely eludes me.
I’m an impulsive shopper with a penchant for pretty, impractical things. Apart from denim, if I do buy something that can be worn over and over again and paired with almost anything, I assure you it’s most likely by accident.
Take white sneakers for example. A staple shoe if ever I saw one- comfortable, functional, classic but stylish, and versatile. I think versatility is what ultimately makes a wardrobe basic, and my love of beautiful colours, patterns and fabrics means that a lot of what I buy doesn’t fit into this category.
As much as I love dressing up, sometimes I just need the easy option. Something I can throw on that doesn’t need ironing, shoes that I don’t have to wiggle and maneuver my feet into, and outfits that don’t need to be belted or heavily accessorised. Enter wardrobe basics.
Skirt, AJE (similar here and here), Shirt, similar here and here, Bag, Kate Spade, Sneakers, Country Road (similar here), Earrings, Sarah and Sebastian, Ring, Sarah and Sebastian (similar here and here)
I’ve recently fallen in love with Australian clothing label AJE, who have a bit of everything. Basic t-shirts, check, floarty floral dresses, check, disco-diva sequin encrusted skirts, check, cool-girl leather, check, check, check.
I bought their black leather Washington mini-skirt because I loved the fit and the detailing in the stitching. It’s my current go-to for every situation. Paired with a black lace top for dinner, or a white shirt for a lazy Sunday morning running errands, this skirt is definitely the best investment I’ve made for quite some time, and I’m starting to see the merit in carefully selecting those basic pieces that will last and last and last.