What basics can’t be missed in women’s wardrobe for autumn-winter, how to choose them and what details to pay attention to?
Let’s start by saying that I don’t think there are lists of items that EVERYONE must have in their closet. For each style and each physicality, only a few of what are usually called the basic garments may be chosen. Those who do not like jeans, for example, will simply fall back on another type of pants, or skirts… the important thing, however, is to be clear that the easiest way to have a wardrobe that is versatile and suitable for all circumstances is for it to contain a good number of basics.
But what are basic garments?
It is those items of clothing that form the background, the base in fact, of any properly functioning wardrobe.
We can think of them as the connective tissue that allows the most original garments with the most character not to steal each other’s thunder, the most ordinary ones to always have something to match, that allows a sequin skirt to be used for daytime, a lime green sweater not to be too loud, that allows us to dress up in the morning by creating tested combinations, to which we only need to add a few original touches to imprint them with our personality and style.
How to tell if a garment is basic or not?
A basic garment is by definition simple, undecorated, possibly in a neutral color or one that blends easily with others.
A T-shirt with lettering and designs is not basic; a white, or black, or gray, or mariniere-striped T-shirt is.
A shirt with embroidery or optical prints is not basic; a white or blue shirt is basic.
Of course, precisely because they are simple and predictable, basics are at their best when they are of good quality, good cut, in a nice fabric. You don’t need high-fashion brands, but a quality natural fabric, well-made seams, and a cut that falls well are indispensable.
To go back to our white T-shirt, if the collar is slabby, the fabric semi-transparent, the sleeves badly cut, there is no fancy dress to wear it with that I will be able to lift the outfit; if, on the other hand, it is made of good heavy cotton, with double stitching on the collar, with a good cut, it will make even the simplest of jeans (which by the way, are another basic garment) look elegant.
So what are the basics for autumn winter?
It’s fine in other colors too (black, gray, blue, striped), but the white one is really a passepartout, giving a modern touch even when it comes out only a few inches from the neck of a shirt or out of pants. Also to be had in multiple versions, short or long sleeve, round or V-neck.
If the t-shirt is useful for downplaying and making the most difficult garments more casual, the masculine shirt, white or light blue, adds a note of modern elegance to even the simplest garments. Past the era of adherentine shirts, choose it oversize and masculine to give it a contemporary twist to the outfit.
Whether they are crew-neck, turtleneck, V-neck, or cardigans, the important thing is that they are made of a good yarn (ideally, cashmere), not too tight, so they can be worn over a shirt or turtleneck, not too baggy, so they can be covered with a coat. The colors can be various: black, blue, cream, beige and gray are the most suitable, precisely because they do not chase seasonal trends, so they are good shoulders for more trendy garments or colors.
Jeans are basic when they don’t have rips, embellishments, embroidery, overly special washes. Dark or dark blue, or black, or white (yes, white even in winter, maybe a softer shade like cream), straight cut, or bootcut or palazzo. Better at medium or high waist. They will go well with your white shirt, with a striped t-shirt, with a basic sweater… and even with more unusual garments, such as a sequin jacket, a silk shirt, a party top.
Black, blue, gray, beige or burgundy, not too tight, not too short. The kind of garment you can wear to the office with a shirt and blazer, then to an aperitif with a more flamboyant top, or to the movies with a sweater…
The winter coat is perhaps the garment that most defines our outfits, the one that covers the greatest volume of our body, the one that is always in view. Before launching into bolder purchases, my advice would be to have at least one coat that functions as a basic: again it can be in black, gray, blue, a shade of camel, possibly impeccably cut, loose enough to accommodate even some somewhat bulky knits, with or without a waist belt, in a warm and beautiful fabric (cashmere or wool and cashmere blend).
A quality coat can cost a lot, but you can look for it in sales, or second-hand, and certainly, if kept carefully, it can last many years, so better to invest in the best quality you can afford.
To these garments I would add some knee-high, smooth, wide-heel boots with a somewhat soft shaft, in black or brown, some loafers with a masculine flavor, some white sneakers and that’s it.
On this base you can add a few accessories, a colorful bag or gloves, a few more distinctive garments, and you practically have a small winter capsule ready, capable of coping with most everyday circumstances.