I Love to Shop, But I'd Skip Every New Trend in Honour of These 5 Chic Basics


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As a fashion editor, I get such a thrill discovering fresh trends. That said, when it comes to my personal wardrobe, my selection tends to skew to the simple side thanks to a hefty assortment of basics. When I do go for it a bit more, it's usually in the form of statement accessories.

If I'm being totally honest, I'd probably skip every new, trendy item right now in honour of the staple pieces I've pulled out below. These items really are the backbone of a modern wardrobe—they're all extremely versatile and could be styled in so many different ways.

I bet some of these pieces are already go-tos for you. If so, there's a bunch of shopping inspiration below if you want to refresh anything. Keep scrolling to check out my current favourite wardrobe basics.

1. Relaxed White Shirt


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Style Notes: A white button-down shirt is classic. The oversized silhouette has become a staple in many wardrobes over the past few seasons.

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2. Black Blazer


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Style Notes: A trusty blazer will always be a go-to. I believe it's one of the most versatile pieces you can own because you can dress it up or down.

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3. Straight-Leg Jeans


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Style Notes: Yes, blue jeans are always front-runners, but I also love black in a straight-leg fit. Both are versatile, sleek and create a streamlined silhouette.

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4. Tank Top


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Style Notes: I rely on a basic tank top to take my simplest looks to the next level. It's the perfect foundation for just about any easy summer look.

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5. Camel Knitwear


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Style Notes: A tan or camel jumper or cardigan is effortlessly chic—it just feels so elevated. Tie it around your shoulders as a layering piece or wear it with your favourite jeans when the weather gets chillier.

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This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.