Recently, there's been a lot of talk about dressing joyfully, and I've been very much on board with this sentiment. After over a year of pretty much being on lockdown and wearing joggers, it's only natural that we're gravitating towards bright pops of colors and fun patterns to remerge as social butterflies for dinners, brunches and the bar. But we shouldn't overlook those basics that continue to make up the staple of our wardrobes—joy can be found under many guises. We know from our own intel at Who What Wear that the pieces that tend to sell the best are basics such as white tees, black dresses and vest tops, arguably the bread and butter of our summer wardrobes.
I turned to five of my favorite people to follow on IG who are well known for their more pared-back wardrobes. Each one has their own distinct style, but the key is that they all have an eye for what makes a really great basic. Here, everyone has told me what they've got on their wish list for the coming season. Whether it's a great shorts suit or just a cut-off T-shirt, all the following pieces can be described with one word: chic. So if minimalism is your thing or you just want some inspiration on how to update your basics, keep scrolling.
This former PR girl is one of our go-tos for getting minimalist inspiration. Jess Skye often spots high-street pieces that look way more expensive than their price tags (a real sweet spot if you ask us) and mixes it up with some luxury labels, too.
Pixie Market Ivory Wrap Knit Sweater ($125)
Axel Arigato Marathon Sneakers ($239)
Arket Oversized Trench Coat ($275)
Arket Cage Leather Sandals ($199)
Weekday Benton Denim Shirt ($40)
Baserange Dydine Linen Maxi Dress ($112)
Zara Satin Effect Cut Out Dress ($50)
Cos Fitted Tie-Up Blazer ($250)
Agolde '90s Organic High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans (£190)
If you're looking for elevated tailoring with a twist, then I'd always recommend Renata Jaz, who goes by the name @venswifestyle on Instagram. Elegant and always chic.
Roland Mouret Powell One-Shoulder Draped Cotton-Poplin Top ($315)
Staud Hadley Cable-Knit Cotton-Blend Cropped Top ($145)
Staud Hunter Cable-Knitted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt ($295)
Gia X RHW Flat Wrap Toe Sandal ($575)
Mango Denim Oversized Jacket ($80)
Mango Slit Denim Skirt ($60)
Arket Crochet Strap Dress ($119)
Arket Hopsack Wool Culottes ($99)
Arket Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer ($199)
Easily one of the coolest people on Instagram, Abi Omole has an eye that's unmatched. Whether it's the interiors picks she finds for her studio or just her knack of pairing cool basics together, we will always return to her feed for inspiration.
Polène Number Nine ($390)
Mango Paperbag Denim Shorts ($60)
Daphine Moune Bangles ($143)
& Other Stories Thong Strap Heeled Leather Sandals ($129)
& Other Stories Fitted Cropped Tank Top ($59)
Uniqlo Hokusai Colours UT Graphic T-Shirt ($20)
Karen Millen Relaxed Tailored Double Breasted Jacket ($215)
Karen Millen Relaxed Tailored Button Trouser ($130)
Faithfull the Brand Corvina Midi Dress La Reverie Floral Print ($199)
Lawyer by day Lorna is a purveyor of great basics. Recently, she's proved just how cool a pair of Prada loafers looks with myriad trousers, from white jeans to stirrup leggings. We always go to her page for corporate-but-stylish inspiration.
The Frankie Shop Eva Cotton-Jersey Tank ($75)
Arket Knitted Vest ($79)
Arket Oversized Heavy Linen Blazer ($160)
Arket Oversized Poplin Shirt ($79)
Arket Oversized Poplin Shirt ($79)
Totême Cropped High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans ($280)
Anna Quan Sasha Open-Back Ribbed Cotton Maxi Dress ($173)
Monki Kyo Organic Cotton Barrel Leg Jeans ($64)
Ninety Percent Faye Oversized Organic Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt (£70)
Anine Bing Bar Silk Skirt ($250)
Blogger Yatri has the ideal classic wardrobe. But don't get us wrong. While she relies on white shirts, jeans and black shoes, her style is anything but boring. Thanks to her clever way of layering her pieces, you'll find there's new life to breathe into your own staples, too.
Saint Laurent Mica Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses ($350)
Massimo Dutti Linen and Cotton Darted Trousers ($90)
Massimo Dutti Double-Breasted Linen Blazer ($199)
Topshop Editor Straight Leg Jeans in Washed Black ($93)
H&M Satin Slip Dress ($20)
COS V-Neck Patch Pocket Knitted Vest ($50)
H&M Oversized Trenchcoat ($119)
H&M Oversized Cotton Shirt ($35)
The Row Fisherman Leather Sandals ($990)
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