Back to basics: wardrobe essentials

Make sure you have these staple items on hand to carry you through every season– they form the foundation from which a great ensemble is built!



A simple plain black or white shirt pairs perfectly with virtually any colour or print, even long dresses. The latest ‘harking-back-to-the-90s’ style is the basic shirt tucked into a skirt or a small front-tuck into jeans. Match it up with a short-sleeved jacket or bright printed scarf for an instant autumn outfit.

AIM FOR: A super soft relaxed fit in either crewneck cut or v-neck, like these plain T's at Best & Less.

Available at Best & Less  



There are no ifs or buts about it: everyone needs to have a pair of classic, comfortable jeans. They suit a huge variety of occasions – in fact, the same pair of jeans can be worn to a work dinner and then a trip to the supermarket the next day!

There are plenty of styles and options these days so you can find the right fit. The staff at Just Jeans are experts when it comes to finding the pair for you!

AIM FOR: A good fit and a darker wash, like these ones from Crossroads.

Available at Crossroads



Your go-to basic jacket needs to tick a few boxes. First, it should be a neutral colour – black is the safest option. A slightly tailored look sits nicely between casual and dressy, like this jacket from the W Lane collection. A jacket that’s made from moderately light fabrics also means you can wear it on warmer evenings or pair it with a long sleeve shirt and scarf for cooler weather.

AIM FOR: Black or cream colours with some tailored edges, or opt for a classic short-length leather jacket if you prefer.

Available at W Lane



Chic and comfortable, flats can jazz up jeans, tone down a little black dress, and suit anything in between!

Rivers have a great range of leathersoft classic flats (hint: keep a pair in the car for the days you want to head out after work and switch out your heels or boots). For more casual occasions, a pair of fabric flats are great to slip on for a not-quite-flats, not-quite-runners look, like these ones available at Best & Less.

AIM FOR: Neutral colours are a must here; think black, white and nude colours.

Available at Rivers Available at Best & Less



Whether you opt for neutral tones or something with a little more pop, the cross-body bag or mini tote is just the right size for your essentials and just the right style to suit a range of occasions. You can find a range of these styles at Strandbags, such as this vintage design.

AIM FOR: Classic black or cream with a bit of bling, like this mini tote from Strandbags.

Available at Strandbags