At the heart of every wardrobe is a collection of elevated basics. From a super-soft white cotton tee to a pair of perfectly fitted straight-leg jeans, they’re the core pieces that get pulled out time and time again. Although head-turning embellishments and vibrant on-trend prints can make a wonderful sartorial statement, these staples look and feel great without fail. And, a solid collection of classics ensure you’ll never be left worrying about what to wear.
Just about every brand on the market offers its take on the basics. My current go-to? Brandy Melville, a company I included in recent post, “5 Brands That Have My Heart.” It may be a controversial choice due to their ‘one size’ policy that only fits the slimmest of girls. There’s also the manufactured all-American teen dream aesthetic plastered across social media and 20 minutes plus you’re likely to wait to try on clothes in one of their London based concrete stores. I personally prefer the Carnaby Street location for a better selection of items and slightly smaller crowds. However, if you look past these things, Brandy Melville basics are reasonably priced, great quality and super-flattering.
A lot of the pieces on offer from the brand have a certain level of simple sophistication. A prime example of this is the Phoebe skirt that I picked up on a recent trip to London. This leopard print midi skirt features a slim flowing silhouette and invisible zipper closure on the back and is clearly influenced by Réalisation Par’s Naomi skirt (you know the one). In contrast, it’s machine washable and a seventh of the price. There was also a matching scrunchie available for £3, so an all-round better choice in my opinion.
Here I’ve paired it with the Connor tank in black. It’s super-soft and made from 100 per cent ribbed cotton. Its raw edge hem and round neckline somehow makes it the most flattering tank top I’ve ever owned. I finished the look with white ‘dad’ trainers and a black monogram backpack. When scouring online for sartorial inspiration, I’m normally much more drawn to outfits that are eye-catching and celebrate maximalism, but I’ve got to say, there’s something about the low-key sophistication of basics like these that I really like.