My Basic Wardrobe

I mean ‘basic’ as in my style. I’m not entirely sure what the point of this post is, but I just wanted to share what I tend to wear everyday. This post will include possibly some of the blandest clothing you’ve encountered but in my defence, I’m a creature of comfort. I do like to play it up and experiment every now and again, but that’s not what this post is about. I want to talk about my everyday worn-to-death items and I want to know yours as well.

my basic wardrobe-1

Let’s start with basic tees. I’m that person who will buy the same t-shirt in multiple colours and have no shame about wearing it all week long. When something fits perfectly, the quality is great, I tend to wear it till it develops holes. I bring you the Topshop Pocket Tee which I own in white, grey and black. It’s a slouchy silhouette that I’m very much into at the moment. The curved hem does give it a more modern cut. I also have the pure cotton Forever New Navy and White Striped  Tee which I  bought a in size too large but it shrunk after the first few washes and fits me perfectly now. Don’t you just love it when an accidental purchase works out just fine?

my basic wardrobe-4

To complete this monochrome set I have the Topshop Jamie Jeans in black and grey. Yes, there will be a blue Jamie added in soon because the fit is just perfect. But for now, I’m content with this quite naturally faded Gap True Skinny Jeans which I’ve had for approximately 6 years and are still going strong. With this set, I’m very comfy in my H&M Light Grey Sneakers. I’ve had this pair for over three years and it also survives washing machine cycles really well. Prime examples of rare fast fashion items that last.

The dress code at work is pretty casual unless company overlords or clients are visiting. It’s not unusual to see an Angry Birds t-shirts at work. But an absolute essential for me, winter or no winter, is a light sweater because I feel cold quite easily and air conditioning is unavoidable. You never know when you’re stuck in a meeting for three hours, shivering from the AC blasting right onto your face. It’s happened one too many times and I’ve learnt my lesson.

My incredibly soft Mango Cardigan in Black is my go to. It’s black, goes with everything and actually makes whatever I’m wearing look more polished. Finally, to add some colour back in my life, I have two H&M Cotton Cardigans in a light biscuit shade and a burgundy. I like to mix and match these depending on what I’m wearing that day. Also clearly, I’m not over fall colours, I don’t think I ever will be.

my basic wardrobe-2

When I need to look more put together, I wear slightly more formal shirts like the Mango Printed Blouse. Predictably, I have two prints, a black on white and a white on black. Another new favourite is the Express Portofino Shirt in Navy Blue which has fold up sleeves.

With these I usually pair my Steve Madden Caged Flats in Tan or my Zara Suede Heels in Black. Both are very comfortable although the heels on the Zara are deceptively small and reserved for when I need to look more professional. My trusted accessory for all of the above is my Longchamp Le Pliage in Bilberry. I feel like the dark purple helps give some colour to my usually monochrome outfits and also doesn’t clash badly with any other colour I might wear. It’s also an incredible workhorse bag that you only truly appreciate when you’re caught in unseasonal rains (which are upon my city as I type this).

my basic wardrobe-6

So that concludes my basic wardrobe. Obviously, these are not the only clothes I own. I’m only talking about what I tend to wear everyday and at work. There was a time I would follow trends and try to incorporate them which led to a lot of spending and purchases that I wouldn’t really wear too often. Gone are those days! Now it’s all about comfort and carefully spaced out purchases with just what I need. One can only hope that this will transcend to makeup one day.

Let me know what constitutes your everyday style!


This isn’t an OOTD the but I’ll leave links for items I can still find :

Topshop Pocket Tee – Jabong (black),

Topshop Jamie Jeans – Jabong, Topshop

Gap True Skinny Jeans – Gap

Mango Cardigan – Mango

H&M Cotton Cardigan – H&M

Express Portofino Shirt – Express

Steve Madden Caged Flats – Steve Madden (similar)

Longchamp Le Pliage – Review (on old blog) – Nordstrom, Longchamp

(links above are affiliate links)

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    I love having basic pieces in my closet! They’re so versatile and can be used so many different ways 🙂 Hope your week is going great so far.

    Edye //

    • Exactly, I feel like I don’t have to put in too much time and effort into planning outfits. Hope you’re having a good weekend! xx

  • Great basics collection! I need to work on mine <3

    Abigail Alice x

  • Hahah, loved the intro about how you’re not really sure where you’re going with this post, lol 🙂 I love seeing things like this! I like seeing into people’s lives and habits, and that includes their closet.

    • Haha, yea, this post was definitely more random for me! xx

  • I need to get more topshop jeans, they’re soo comfy! My work day clothing is similar, I have a lot of grey/black/dark green; it’s pretty casual and I’ll probably see some superhero t shirt on someone haha!

    • There are just way too many Captain America t-shirts for some reason! :p

  • I actually love your sense of style, basic yes but very practical and easy to wear day by day. We share a similar style.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Glad to hear that Shireen! Would love to see your picks as well! xx

  • I love me some basics! i am all about a uniform these days when it comes to clothes. I just did a massive purge of my closet and it feels so good to just have a few, well loved, streamlined items.

    • Yea, it definitely feels like you’re getting your money’s worth.

  • Love your style as I’m also all about comfort. Good pair of skinny jeans paired with a striped tee and I’m good to go x

    Beauty with charm

    • Same! I remember a couple of years ago I had a major striped tees phase, owned every possible combination. Happy that’s behind me now! :p

  • Love your basics. The steve madden caged flats are amazing 🙂

    • Thanks! They’re very much worth the price! xx

  • Not much of a fashion victim here either, I usually wear jeans and a shirt or a sweater with some flats on a day to day basis.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • How are you doing now? It’s nice to hear back from you. 🙂

  • i’ve been a reader of Xuvious for ages and I adore your new blog 🙂 this post was lovely to read.. i’m a huge fan of basics myself and i’ll be heading over to check out the topshop tees now! x

    • Thanks Aditi! With Xuvious, after so many years, I just felt like I wanted to start over with a blog. Thanks for the support! xx
      I’m so happy Jabong stocks Topshop though!

  • Your everyday style and mine are very similar! I’ve been loving the normcore trend just b/c it makes dressing really simple lol

    • True! Who really has the time to plan outfits to perfection each day? Lol.

  • Fashionmuses

    Love your minimalist style…I love pairing white shirt with blue denims the most!

  • Great post! Would love to be so organised!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  • Love your wardrobe dear. I’m currently moving into a simpler lifestyle too and basics are life 🙂

    Happy Tuesday dear!

    Real Life Nerd

    • Thanks Viviene! True, it feels good to spend more thoughtfully. xx

  • I love those pocket t-shirts, they look super comfy and easy to wear!

    • They are! The only problem is they crease quite easily!

  • I actually love seeing where people buy their basics! I think it’s great to have something to fall back on when you’re just not feeling it, but still want to look nice. I have two pairs of white and grey tees from Zara, I got them on sale for $6, and I wear them about once a week with my Bullhead black high waisted jeans.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin’

    • True, especially with more edgy accessories, going simple with an outfit just looks better and more effortless.

  • I hope I can locate those topshop tee’s they look perfect! I’ve bought a few tee’s from there before but not anything like these ones. I love the long curved hem to it and I need a white, black and grey tee. All of mine have been out worn. I love jamie jeans, they’re a definitely a staple in my wardrobe. Basically all the clothing you’ve mentioned is exactly what my basic wardrobe is as well, I love your style. Every girl needs a good stripe top, they’re definitely one of my favourite clothing pieces. I love my long champ too, it is such a versatile bag and I always wear it out on errands or to work! Great post, as always!

    I love your blog, and always love catching up on each one of your posts! I will be adding you to my blogroll! 🙂

    Jennifer | Amour JNFR

    • I’ve had them for a while now and they’re holding up well! Very comfortable and perfect for summers here. Love my Longchamp too and as a brand they’re customer service is so great, completely worth the money. I’m so happy you like the blog! Thanks for adding me! I also realised that I haven’t even made a blogroll yet!