When we think of wardrobe basics we often think of leggings that go knobbly on the knees after a few washes, cami;s designed to be layered, jeans you can wear for a several days without tucking them into the washing basket or a good old tshirt bra in the usual suspect colours. Basics don’t have to be boring, sticking to the staples is a pocket friendly way to build a somewhat capsule wardrobe without spending a fortune. With this in mind, here are six of the essential pieces you need to add to your clothes rail to nail spring/summer 2017 style.
Women’s tees are no longer reserved to Fruit of the Loom ill fitting round necks, shorter than necessary hemlines that just meet the waist of your jeans or box fitting sleeves. Boxy, oversized and longline scream “laidback fashion” rather than “gym kit reject” and whether they’re sassy slogans or classic monochromes, they’re perfect for layering or as statement pieces. Look for striped women’s t-shirts such a breton tee in black, navy or even red that can be paired with your favourite distressed denim and brogues for easy city break style.
The Cami Dress
Perfect for wearing on their own on warmer days or under that basic t-shirt when you fancy covering up, a strappy cami dress is a staple piece taken straight out of Kate Moss 90’s fashion era (or the wardrobe of Posh Spice) and dropped straight into 2017. Plain colour ways go with everything and subtle floral, polka dot or scarf print designs will be evergreen prints to straddle both seasons.
If you’ve not worn trainers since the school sports day then you’re not alone. With the athleisure trend having its day in the fashion frow, a pair of trainers, be it old school classics in mono vibes or softer pastel shades, good looking fashion trainers add some much needed comfort for your everyday wears. Pair those pumps with everything from a summer dress, pleated culotte trousers or flippy skirt and basic tee for preppy style.
Vintage style jeans aren’t going anywhere which means that distressed denim and the lived in looked is being worn by celebs and your favourite bloggers alike. I tend to favour a simple knee slit on a skinny jean but straight legged or slouch fit denim jeans featuring subtle rips, distressed knees and bleached thighs make them ideal to be worn casual with your battered Birkenstocks or even dressed up with your best heels for a night out.
Pink was huge on both female and male catwalks this year with the shade being being dubbed the ‘colour of the millenials’ – so opting for statement pieces in a blush, blossom or dusky variation on the shade adds some instant cool to your wardrobe. A duster coat always looks good and is the perfect throw on piece, silk bombers or a pastel biker makes for a wearable item that goes with everything.
Bardot and Strapless
Showing some shoulder is the new sexy, and with bardot tops on the rails in most high street stores, this style originally made famous in the 1800’s and revived with a twist by fashion icon Brigitte Bardot in the 60’s (where the name was coined) is one trend you can’t avoid. Banish unsightly bra straps and invest in a supportive flesh toned strapless bra to help emphasise and give a smooth silhouette. Pair with an on trend choker necklace and dust some highlight on the collar bone.
These six style staples can be easily incorporated into any wardrobe and can be picked up for reasonable prices on the high street and paired with pieces you already have hanging waiting to be worn. If you fancy a shake up when it comes to key pieces, adopt these six first then build around them with basic cami tops, skinny jeans and fitted t-shirts to ensure you always have something to wear for every occasion.