I’d like to introduce a new feature on my blog, the wardrobe essentials. Whilst everyone has their own individual style, I stand by the idea that there’s a number of staple pieces which should be in everyone’s wardrobes, pieces that are versatile and slot into anyone’s sense of dress. I really enjoy aspects of styling, so I thought it may be fun to create a little series of these posts, where I’ll pick a wardrobe basic and list a few things I’d personally pair it with.

The White Shirt (1, 2, 3) is the definition of a staple item in my eyes. A piece which features on the high street every season, you can find it in styles to suit any age, body shape or general preference. I think most people assume that shirts are a formal piece and one that is worn mainly in smart occasions, but there’s plenty of ways they can be worn down and casual. Now there’s plenty I wear with my (rather large) collection of white shirts, but I thought I’d pick four pieces I pair with them the most.


A structured jacket (1, 2, 3): Personally, as someone who hoards jackets and coats, I tend to favour plain pieces rather those which are patterned. I think coats are those pieces that can last an age in your wardrobe, so I tend to go for classic colours and shapes. The three I’ve linked are three that have really stood out to me recently, the neutral colours being perfect dress up or down with a shirt. And since I have a love for the 70s fashion at the minute, I couldn’t not include that Mango Suede jacket of dreams. I’ve been tempted to buy it for months now!

A pair of trousers (1, 2, 3): Unlike coats, I love to have fun when picking out trousers. From bold prints and bright colours, to wide leg to flare to cropped skinnies, anything really goes. As someone who’s pretty short, I do tend to struggle a little to find those that’ll flatter me, but I think that’s what I like so much about trousers; there’ll be a style that fits everyone. Again, going back to the 70s trend, there’s a whole lot of flared and wide-leg trousers in stores at the minute – and as scary as they look, I can’t get enough of them. Don’t diss them unless you’ve tried them, I think you’d be surprised how flattering they can be!

An a-line skirt (1, 2, 3): Now if you’ve been reading my blog a while, you know I have a thing for A-Line skirts – it’s my daily uniform. I find them incredibly flattering on my pear body shape whilst also making my legs appear much longer than they are, and best of all, you don’t have to worry that it’s going to fly up when it’s a little windy outside. Again it’s quite a universal style and is in the high street every season really, just in different prints and fabrics. For instance, at the minute look out for buttons, denim and utility-inspired prints.

A pinafore (1, 2, 3): Maybe I’ve just watched every episode of Gossip Girl one too many times, but there’s just something I really love about wearing pinafores. Now I’m not talking a Blair Waldorf inspired structured piece specifically or something that looks like you’d wear it at primary school, I tend to class any dress (or playsuit!) that could be layered over a shirt as being a pinafore. From high-necks to strappy sundresses, I love them all year round.


What would you pair with a white shirt? What are your wardrobe essentials?