8 Of The Best Basics

By Bianca O'Neill
25th Feb 2016

8 of the best basics

Basics are the hardest thing to nail in life, let's be honest: exactly how many white tees do YOU have in your cupboard right now? I have 7... and I hate all of them. So over here at Urban List we decided it was high time someone directed all us lost fashion souls towards the perfect capsule wardrobe of 8 basics. You can thank us later—or maybe not, when you get your credit card bill!

1. The Perfect LBD

It's one of the hardest choices in your wardrobe—which is ironic, considering it's one of the easiest choices when you have nothing to wear! A little black dress will never go out of style, so we recommend on with a classic sillhouette, just like this one from Kookai.

2. The Basic Black Heel

You'll wear it with everything—but you still want it to be comfortable, right? Choose a stacked heel for a little more stability, and go for a simple two-strap that's unlikely to look dated in a couple of months, let alone years. Try the Kora heel below.

3. The Leather Biker

If you already have a leather biker, chances are you hate it / it's pleather / you got it made in Bali and instantly regretted it. Let's make it easy: a great leather biker that will stand the test of time will have lapels, be fitted well, and will be made of real leather. Hey, it's just facts—pleather dies, eventually. Try this one.

4. The Little White Dress

A new wardrobe staple to emerge in recent seasons, the Little White Dress is fast becoming our go-to weekend saviour. Pair it with a pair of white sneakers for a brunch date, or throw on a pair of stacked tan wedges and some bling for cocktails. We love this one from Limedrop.

5. The White Sneaker

If you're looking for an update to your basics, the white sneaker is the newest 'must-have' for bloggers and fashionistas everywhere. Thankfully, it's actually really easy to wear—a cropped pant/jean, a simple tee, and a great handbag, and you're good to go. These Jill Sanders are a great alternative to the adidias onslaught.

6. The White Tee

Ah, the infamous white tee. It might seem counter-intuitive, but the best thing to focus on when buying this wardrobe staple is something different: a subtle flare sleeve detail means that when you pair it with skinnies on that 'I have nothing to wear' day, you'll still look like you tried. Try Victoria Beckham's cracker here.

7. The Black Jean

Surely you have a pair of black skinnies in your wardrobe by now, but you can really never have enough. Either that, or like me, your black skinnies really need to be thrown out... about 2 years ago. Update your fave basic with these babies.

8. The White Tank

What can I say? It goes with everything. The perfect transitional basic, a white tank takes you from work (with a pair of great pants, heels) to play (throw on some bling, add a clutch). How have you lived so long without it? This one is the perfect combination of sexy and subtle—and it will never go out of fashion.

Want some more fashion inspo? Check out How To Dress Boho Chic (Without Looking Like A Freak)!

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