No doubt youâ€™ve all noticed this recent promulgation of opulent accessories, over-the-top aesthetics and in-your-face separates. And while we love looking like rock-stars six out of seven days in a week, thereâ€™s always that one day when youâ€™re too dead-brained to think about what youâ€™re throwing on.
The answer? Go back to basics!
Our contest this month is the perfect opportunity to start thinking about what makes up the foundations in your wardrobe. Whether itâ€™s a pair of battered brown boots youâ€™ve had since middle school, or a simple button-down white shirt, basics provide a familiar blank canvas that are easy things to put on when your creative juices are on the fritz. And since they are so simple, a few well placed of-the-moment accessories and touches will carry your look into any seasonal trend and make you look like you put way more thought into your outfits.
Here are five must-have basics for any wardrobe:
The White T-Shirt: Whether itâ€™s a burnout, a v-neck, something fitted or something baggy, a versatile white t-shirt is the basic building block for any wardrobe. Use it to tone down an over-the-top jacket, or tuck it into a pair of trendy pants.
The Black Tank Top: Make sure your tank top has thinner straps and a more feminine cut so you can pair them with masculine cutoffs or a high-waisted skirt.
The Gray Cardigan: The perfect thing for romping around the house or throwing over chilly shoulders, the grey cardigan should something unfussy and made of a luxe material.
The Dark Wash Jean: A darker jean will instantly elongate your legs and add a bit of polish to an otherwise informal pant. Slimmer fits and made-to-tailor lengths are key.
The LBD: While each season brings new black dresses in exotic shapes, a simple sheath in a timeless cut will outlast trends.
At left: products from James Perse