Sophisticated Basics every woman needs in her wardrobe

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Your wardrobe has seen trends come and go but there are certain key pieces that will never go out of style or lose their street-chic appeal. So whether you’re looking to start over or simply wish to update your wardrobe to become more wearable, read on.

A overflowing wardrobe but nothing to wear? If this is a reoccurring issue perhaps it’s time to to a do a proper wardrobe check. Make sure you only keep what is truly in your size. Styles you haven’t worn for years needs to go – your everyday closet should not be a home for useless nostalgia. And last but not least, make sure you have the basics. Without you’d quickly find yourself struggling to find a wearable attire.

Because we are back to basics with the 8 timeless pieces you shouldn’t live without.

1. The white tee
It doesn’t get any more basic than a white t-shirt, slightly loose fit and with a v-neck. Ad a touch of sophistication by choosing a tee crafted from the finest materials such as pure cotton or soft merino wool.
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We Norwegians Base Top is made in luxurious super soft merino wool, with a loose fit for a perfect fit. Wear with layers or on its own on a balmy summer day. { €89.50 at wenorwegians.com }

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The With & Wessel basic t-shirt was revamped for the Autumn Winter season with a raw cut v neck. Looks great with just about anything you pair it with. { £60 at withandwessel.com }

2. The dark tank top
The ultimate basic, the tank top, should have both a excellent fit and the correct length.
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The With & Wessel Anna Tank is one their all-time most popular styles. Comfortable, basic and transeasonal, in lightweight merino wool. The top features a long hem to come down past your hips. { £52 at withandwessel.com }

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Comfortable nearly black singlet in a soft combination of wool and silk. This model is light as a feather, with straight lines and a very generous fit to avoid slipping. Perfect as an additional warm layer or worn on its own as a top. { £52.50 at lebackhand.com }

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By Malene Birger Dawn Vest in navy is the perfect vest top; fitted and long as well as it is colour true, wash after wash. Made in 100% cotton. { £35 wildswans.com }

3. The skinny jeans
Fit and wash are everything here. Go for a slightly high-rise style to give the illusion of longer, slim legs and stick to a classic blue that will go with anything or choose a dark wash which is flattering and easy to wear.
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Cheap Monday Second Skin High Waist Skinny Jeans has a high rise and very stretchy denim fabric for maximum comfort and a great style. { £49 at cheapmonday.com }

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Nudie Pipe Led Jeans has a skinny fit with a high rise and narrow leg opening. Power stretch denim for comfort and perfect fit. { £99 at wildswans.com }

4. Black pumps
When it comes to shoes, black pumps are perhaps the most reliable and versatile option, perfectly suited for almost any outfit and occasion. Make sure your pair is comfortable to wear, with not too heigh heels and in a clean, timeless style.
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Sofie Schnoor suede black leather pumps has a perfect timeless style, with a comfortable 8.5cm heel. { £112 at sofieschnoorwebshop.com }

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The Gisele pump by FRIIS Co in patent black leather features a pointed toe and 6.5 cm stiletto heel. { £70 on sale at office.co.uk }

5. The cardigan
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Cathrine Hammel Fisherman Cardigan long black cardigan in heavy merino with an open front. Finished with ribbed edges, raglan sleeves and high splits on each side. { £105 at f5conceptstore.com }

6. The LBD – Little Black Dress
Ready for any occasion, the little black dress never goes out of fashion and will be your BFF for years to come.
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A classic shape with some edge in the details, this raw cut scoop neck dress is a perfect piece to take you from day to night. Lightweight, comfortable and versatile, this dress looks great on all shapes and sizes. {£96 at withandwessel.com }

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The With & Wessel Sophia Shirt dress is a versatile piece, mid-thigh length and with long sleeves it could easily be worn alone or show off some curves with a belt. Made in 100% merino wool midweight jersey. { withandwessel.com }

7. The blazer
The blazer; originally a garment found in a naval-style with metal buttons to reflect their origins as jackets worn by boating club members in the 18th century. Today it’s a versatile outerwear piece which will easily make your outfit look smart without being overdressed.
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Ganni Moscow Blazer is menswear-inspired blazer cut from stretch-blend fabric with a single button asymmetrical front fastening. { £100 on sale at ganni.com }

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The classic blazer should be made in one colour, preferably in a luxurious wool blend and it should have the right length, with a tailored feel to it. And as this garment will become your wardrobe staple you shouldn’t feel to guilty if you splash out on a designer piece. But just to show you that there are more affordable options out there, with this fitted blazer there’s no need to beak the bank! { £ 24.90 at hm.com }

8. The classic pair of black trousers
The classic pair of black trousers should be straight legged for a smart look and preferably slightly stretchy for great fit and comfort. The trousers should look as nice with heels as it does with ballerinas without too many details so it would be easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion.
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These Anine Bing Tuxedo Pants are incredibly modern and sleek. Made out of silk-like, premium viscose, they are lightweight and great for the warmer months. Channel the Annie Hall boyish charm and wear these with a white button down and a pair of black brogues or laced shoes. Alternatively, pair this Anine Bing Tuxedo Pant with easy sweaters for a tailored, sporty look. { On sale for £45 at question-air.com }

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By Malene Birger Adania trousers are fitted stretch legging trouser, that you can wear with your white button down shirt for the office or for a more relaxed look, wear with a your tank top and knitwear. Change into a glam top and your black high heeled pumps for a night out! { £169 at wildswans.com }

Choose basics that are compatible with your entire wardrobe for work and play alike. And add a touch of sophistication with excellent fit and luxurious materials, for everyday comfort and style.

I recently bought a black dress from a high street store. The fit was great but it would soon come to show that the quality of the cotton jersey was poor. There were bubbles everywhere on the fabric just after being worn a handful of times! So my advice would be to avoid wasting money on poor quality basics that will not keep, but rather buy as good quality as you can afford.

There are brands now focusing solely on basics for a simple and slow living, such as With & Wessel and there are stores too, like F5 Concept Store in Oslo.

We like the sophisticated basic trend. But first stop must be to ensure above mentioned basics would be in our wardrobes. Happy wardrobe updating everyone!

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