Building Your Basics: Wardrobe Staples

Pared back but never boring, these are the wardrobe essentials the TULI team members find themselves turning to season after season, the mainstay items, and the pieces we’re loving for 2024.
And while we’ll still welcome irresistible seasonal and trend-forward pieces, we know those need to live alongside a capsule of staples, because every wardrobe needs a yin-yang balance. That shiny new statement piece will dazzle even more when paired with, say, the perfect go-to pants. And sometimes that item in question becomes a wardrobe essential itself.
What is a basic?
A basic is a simple piece of clothing (typically in both color and cut/structure) that can be worn with a myriad of different outfit combinations. They are the pieces we can use repeatedly because they create the simple structure of a look – they are the *base* layer.
Example basics are a simple charcoal t-shirt, white canvas Converse shoes, a black blazer, cigarette jeans, just to name a few.
Keep reading if you’ve been saying “I have nothing to wear” or  “Nothing I have goes together.”
The Basic Shirt
The shirt, it’s as basic as a basic comes.  The plain shirt is the supporting actor in any Oscar-nominated outfit.
The Eloise Blouse
The Tailored Trouser
A relaxed-fit trouser makes almost any outfit look effortless; and for that tailored-to-perfection look, a pleated black or gray pair goes with absolutely everything.
The Nakila Pants
The Dalia Overlap Pants
The All-Purpose Knitwear
Oh the comfort. You can style knitwear with everything, like jeans to the office or a sequin skirt. Classic knitwear is truly a year-round staples.
The Zadi Cardigan
The Thandiwe Cardigan 
The Great White Dress
Wearing white during the warmer months is a given. Should your style of choice be a crisp poplin or tailored shirtdress, its effortless sophistication is what makes it a spring staple fit for any scenario—from a picnic in the park to your nine-to-five.
The Chichi Ruched Shirt Dress
The Goes-With-Everything Belt
Sleek leather and elegant buckles are the must-have requirements for choosing an understated and stylish belt. Whether you loop it through trousers and jeans or over blazers, these belts come in handy for a quick cinch.
Either one of the options below is a timeless choice you’ll return to over and over again.
The Geometrical Golden Buckle Belt
The Goldie Buckle Belt
The Carryall Bag
This durable carryall is one of those items that finds itself perfectly balanced between practical and chic - an ideal companion for both office days and the commutes in between or weekend getaways ;)
The Suede Tote Bag
The Basic Footwear
Considerations: Where are you wearing these? Do you need to consider the salt, if so, go for high quality. Consider the bottom of the shoe, do you need good grip?
Sling Back Flats

Vinyl Heels
The Classic Cross Body
Every woman needs a sophisticated day bag that fits not only her essentials but her style. 
Charles & Keith Sling Bag
The Party Ready Mini Dress
Styling-wise, keep things sleek and pair it with an evening bag and kitten heels.
The Teshi Flounce Hem Dress
The Blinging Jewelry
This is where personal preference really comes into play, though it’s difficult to go wrong with some basic jewelry to elevate your look without doing too much.
Multi Stone Earrings
 It is a fundamental belief of ours that every person is capable of putting together an outfit they love, and with practice, can do it regularly. It is also true that putting together an outfit is easier when you have a collection of basics to work from, so you’re not always starting from scratch each time you create an outfit. 
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