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Seven Elevated Basics For Any Classic Closet

21 December 2020 1 comment


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Cashmere cardigan c/o // Skirt (similar) // Best tights // Ballet flats (similar) // Fur stole (similar)

I think there's absolutely nothing wrong with, for want of a better term, a 'basic basic'. I'm all for plain, simple and unadorned! But should you wish for a basic piece, easily incorporated into your existing closet, with a little extra something, I have a few ideas for you, obviously with classic, timeless style in mind.

A Short Sleeved Sweater

Now is it because I’ve seen Nigella in these many a time that make me like them so much? Quite possibly, as it’s not just her food I love. There’s something about just shortening the sleeves on a seemingly ordinary crew-neck sweater that somehow makes it appear more chic. A simple detail. The sleeves don’t tend to be as short as a conventional t-shirt, but hit a little above the elbow, arguably flattering for any size and shape I say. You tend to see a lot of options in cashmere as well, which is just dreamy to wear and well worth the investment. Style with an A-line skirt, tights, ballet flats and a lovely big coat.

A Ballet Flat With Detail

I’d frankly take a classic ballet flat in any variation but if you’re looking for something new to add to your closet, that doesn’t feel repetitive or too similar then look for that little detail to differentiate. A quilted leather upper or some tweed fabric, rather than the plain, smooth leather we’re all accustomed to. A subtle cap toe or a wooden sole. I *love* the latter of Spanish and Portuguese ballet shoes – I only wish I’d picked up some pairs when we were in Porto/Lisbon last year.

Top Handle Bags

Of course.. I can’t say these are the most practical of handbags but they’re definitely stylish. I recently stumbled across new-to-me-brand Mirta and one of their bags has really caught my attention. It comes in two of my favourite (and most worn) hues; a lovely beige-like fawn and classic black – both linked below.

The Boucle Jacket

I can’t help myself with boucle, or tweed as some may call it - no incorrect answers here. I own at least five, oh no wait, six, because I recently picked up LK Bennett’s cream Charlee (it’s been on my wishlist for a very long time). Whilst also supporting small, I think Etsy is a great, and less obvious place to hunt out a perfect boucle piece. I’ve seen jackets can often be customized or made to measure, to make sure it’s a great fit. It’s also worth scouting out either Zara itself, or second-hand Zara pieces – so many tend to still be new with tags.

A Classic Timepiece

You know my love for my Nordgreen watch, and I think the interchangeable straps make it just so perfect to accompany your current style, mood or state of mind. Definitely my beloved until I can maybe cobble together enough to purchase a Longines! A la the latter, I’m also currently enjoying the notion of rectangular or square dials and two-tone metals.

Leather Gloves

I’m throwing these into the mix because I just wouldn’t be without mine now. Not only do I think they look a little sleeker and more inline with my personal style (I get a lot of compliments on mine, both on IG and in person), they’re warmer, hence better fulfilling their primary objective, and wear better. I’ve had cashmere gloves in the past but they tend to look a bit shabby after several years – I mean this is quite possibly because I’m negligent in their care and throw them around or stuff them into pockets. My little collection of leather gloves fare a lot better – I found this a useful article on how to care for them.

Faux Fur Stole

I’m going to finish with a quiet little indulgence that I’ve been wearing lately. I used to think them over the top but now I embrace a faux fur stole or scarf with warmth. And warm is exactly what they are. And I don’t think you have to spend a lot to obtain that luxurious feeling of petting a snuggly sea otter – without any harm to any animal of course – cruelty-free only. Drape them lovingly over a cardigan or your favourite coat.