Pieces you'll return to time and time again

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Words: Refiloe Legoale | Images : Inge Prins

It’s true that when it comes to fashion, many of us tend to lean more towards trendy items or stocking up our wardrobes with pieces that, in all honesty, won’t live past the next season or two. The reality of it is that our wardrobes survive, not on these standout one-offs but everyday basics.

These essentials are what we reach out for when it’s crunch time in the mornings and are assembling outfits. You can wear these classics over and over again, and build with and layer in between them. To unpack this further, we’ve pared down key pieces that carry their weight in wear-count throughout, not seasons, but years. These are outfit-savers. For all these essentials turn to Superbalist to either replenish or help begin building a wardrobe that works hard again.

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The classic tee may be a humble wardrobe essential but you can never have too many. The main reason to keep your wardrobe well-stocked with these is because of the huge variety and versatility they add to your style.

Styles to invest in: Crew neck, Scooped neck, Ribbed, Boxy + Boyfriend

Core colours: White, Black, Grey Nudes

Style tip: From the classic combo of a white tee with blue jeans to knotted over a maxi dress, or layered under cardigans and jackets, your plain t-shirt is the hardest working item in your closet.

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Sweatpants and leggings might be what’s topping the style charts right now, but jeans will never go out of style. From medium washes to distressed, mom-style and boyfriend, there’s a variety to choose from depending on your style and mood.

Styles to invest in: high-rise skinny, boyfriend cut, distressed, straight-leg + mom jeans

Core colours: Medium blue-wash, black + dark blue

Style tip: Jeans are perfect for dressing up or down. A pair of ultra-dark wash skinny jeans will be your bread and butter for every season and every shape.

Classic sneaker

What makes or breaks a look quicker than a stylish pair of sneakers? They are the cherry on top of every outfit - and more often than not, they are just as important as the outfit. Sneakers are the ultimate investment - if you do it right you can wear them for years to come.

Styles to invest in: Low top + high top styles

Core colours: White + Black

Style tip: You can either give your dressier outfits a streetwear appeal by pairing your classic sneakers with midi-skirts, suits, + dresses, or keep it easy with the classic combo of denim and a white tee.

Sleepwear loungewear

Loungewear is now a diversified wardrobe category that is meant to be as stylish as it is comfortable. Though loungewear epitomises comfort dressing, it doesn’t have to be unruly. Hence, it is important to have key pieces in your capsule wardrobe that not only meet the rules of comfort but also make you feel confident and polished.

Items to invest in: Sweat pants, hoodies, slippers, tank tops + cardigans

Core colours: Neutrals, white + grey

Style tip: For a little mood booster, style your loungewear staples with colourful accents like socks.

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