Sometimes, a great basic is actually the hardest thing to find. It makes sense when you think about it. A piece that fits perfectly, goes with everything, and never goes out of style? It’s a miracle we ever find them. And in this time of corona dressing at home, basics are the building blocks of my wardrobe. I don’t always feel like getting dressed up, but the perfect basics make sure I always feel properly dressed.
For me, there’s nothing better than a white t-shirt. Everlane came onto the scene with their perfect white t-shirt, and I still think The Cotton Crew is one of the best out there. That’s not all they have though, because there’s plenty of different fits and colors. I also love their Boxy Tee. If you’re looking for something a little more comfy, then this crewneck t-shirt is as cozy as can be. Don’t forget the perfect v-neck sweater, in either cashmere or cotton.
Polos are a step up from t-shirts, but don’t sacrifice any of the comfort. You can’t get any more classic than a Lacoste polo, whether you’re on the golf course or just hanging out at home. This one feels a little more fashion-y, with a slightly exaggerated collar.
Moving on to pants, these easy chino pants with an elastic waistband are the perfect stepping stone on your way to regularly wearing jeans again. And when you are ready for jeans, start with something slouchy like this boyfriend-inspired pair or this light-wash pair from Club Monaco. There’s nothing more refreshing than a pair of white jeans, and this cropped pair is perfect. Remember shoes? We’re going to start wearing them again. And for me, that means something as simple as a chic pair of leather sandals or all-white classic sneakers.
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