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Bored with basics? 5 way to change this

Translation: Eva Francis

Basics are the essence of our wardrobe; the backbone of our outfits. Versatile, easy to combine, timeless – and dreadfully dull? Not if you keep these five tips in mind.

1. Varied colours

When we think of basics, we think of neutral colours such as white, black, beige or grey. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Pastel colours work just as well as beige and bordeaux, while navy or olive can replace black in many outfits. Even rich tones such as royal blue can be combined in a variety of ways – and double as a fashion statement.

Royal blue is a statement colour that can be combined in many ways.
Royal blue is a statement colour that can be combined in many ways.

2. Interesting textures

Pleated, bouclé or corduroy, structured textiles turn your basics into eye-catchers. Combine and play with a variety of textiles – fluffy knit with smooth leather, corduroy with cotton jersey or suede with silk satin.

A classic: corduroy pants.
A classic: corduroy pants.
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Selected Homme Corduroy overshirt (S)

Selected Homme Corduroy overshirt

S

JJXX JXGema Stretch Longsleeve
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JJXX JXGema Stretch Longsleeve

3. Special details

Bored of plain clothes with no frills? Look for basics with fun features, such as distinctive denim washes, contrast stitching, gathering, decorative buttons or asymmetrically placed zips.

Playful buttons make this blouse from Rejina Pyo look like a one-of-a-kind piece.
Playful buttons make this blouse from Rejina Pyo look like a one-of-a-kind piece.
Jack & Jones Chris Original CJ 667 Loose Fit Jeans (34)

Jack & Jones Chris Original CJ 667 Loose Fit Jeans

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Vero Moda High Neck Half-zip Knitted Pullover

Vero Moda High Neck Half-zip Knitted Pullover

JJXX JXOlly Straight Fit Jeans (32)
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JJXX JXOlly Straight Fit Jeans

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4. Distinctive tailoring

Basics should be timeless, but by no means conservative. Go for fashionable fits and tailoring. Jeans or trousers, loose fits are currently popular – and that's not going to change anytime soon. Wear wide, barrel or straight-leg pants are you’re sure to look stylish and trendy. Other subtle eye-catchers include oversized cuts, shoulder pads, balloon sleeves, cut outs and off-the-shoulder and asymmetric designs.

Wide pants aren’t only trandy in women’s fashion.
Wide pants aren’t only trandy in women’s fashion.
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Only & Sons ONSFive Medium Blue Loose Fit Jeans (30)
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Only & Sons ONSFive Medium Blue Loose Fit Jeans

30

Selected Femme Woven blazer (34)

Selected Femme Woven blazer

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5. High-quality fabrics

Investing in quality is especially worthwhile for clothing items you’ll wear regularly and for many years. Basics made from fine materials such as silk, cashmere or merino wool feel and look great. Especially for minimalist looks, they often make the difference between elegant and boring.

Selected Homme Knitted Zipper Cardigan

Selected Homme Knitted Zipper Cardigan

Header image: Stephanie Vinzens

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