Taking an everyday essential to new heights


Words: Foyin Ogunrombi | Photography: Supplied

The English language is a funny thing. “Bad” can mean “good”, “ill” can mean “amazing”, “sick” can mean “great” and somehow “basic” can be used as an insult. We say, let’s get to the business of reclaiming the power of “being basic”. After all, basics are the things that make our wardrobes thrive – the foundation that allows us to build look after look after look. They’re there for you when you need to do a grocery run and when you want to make the most of a day out. They deserve more reverence, starting with the versatility and functionality of a white basic boxy tee.

From office looks to early morning errands, the boxy white shirt is the epitome of effortless. There’s a sense of comfort that comes with not trying too hard, while still looking ready to take on any art exhibition opening with this clean aesthetic. We’re speaking to the minimalists for whom less is more. The right accessories such as mirrored sunglasses and a sleek bucket bag work perfectly too. While you’re at it, why not trade in your skinny jeans for a wide-leg variation to enjoy ease of movement while still looking up-to-date.

As the seasons change yet again, we’re looking to layering to maximise our wardrobes. This white tee pairs beautifully under a dress and can easily be styled with heeled sandals and blazer, making it appropriate for more formal or evening occasions. Add a snakeskin purse for a touch of trend, without feeling overwhelmed by prints. And accessories such as pearl clips and bejewelled earrings provide a more elegant element to the overall look.

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