When it comes to creating a wardrobe with longevity, building an arsenal of utilitarian, everyday basics is key. And while the term ‘basic’ may often be associated with predictable, even boring garments, that doesn’t always have to be the case. Instead, you can embrace the comfort, versatility, and practicality of these closet building blocks while still showing off your style. So read on to discover a selection of basics with a twist that is sure to be on regular rotation in your everyday ensembles.
By Emmy Kasbit
A hardworking wardrobe hero, the tailored jacket delivers a swift dose of polish to any look and has proved an enduring, seasonless staple. Finely tailored and crafted by hand in Lagos, the style is a power piece—one that takes on many forms. Take, for example, Nigerian designer Emmy Kasbit’s distinctive spins on the style: made from breezy linen, his Adanna Jacket is characteristic of an aesthetic that’s defined by clean, architectural cuts and exudes a spirit of sophistication. A suitably minimalist style, it boasts a feminine silhouette and a subtle off-white shade that dials up its versatility. On the other hand, the designer’s Udo Jacket is a little less understated, a fantastic blend of bold Akwete patterns, vibrant blue and white colors, and standout textures offering a decidedly modern take on an evergreen style.
Styling tip: Team either of these striking jackets with their matching bottoms for a no-fuss solution to your sartorial woes. However, if you’re feeling a little adventurous, try Orange Culture’s Check Slim Pants with the Adana for a contrasting effect and the Udo with Studio 189’s Monochrome Andy Pants.
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A great pair of boots is one item you’ll wear again and again. It’s a purchase that feels at once both practical and indulgent, and the right pair will work with much of what you already have—the addition of an on-trend style can swiftly elevate even a midi dress or classic jeans and T-shirt pairing. Featuring an almond toe and slouchy silhouette, the Falana OTK Boots by Shekudo is one such boot. A playful spin on the classic over-the-knee boot, it’s a sure-fire head-turner; it’s mesmerizing Aso Oke form made-to-order by Lagosian artisans from ethically and sustainably sourced materials. The brand’s Odo style is Shekudo’s take on the ubiquitous ankle boot, its green, white, and black touches of Aso Oke lending it both ample glamour and wearability.
Styling tip: Thanks to its black and white color palette, the Falana OTK shines when paired with garments in vibrant, solid shades (IAMISIGO’s 3-in-1 Shirtdress is an ultra-cool choice). But if you’re donning the Odo Boot, stick to neutral hues for the rest of your ensemble: this will allow the rich colors of the shoe to shine and prevent any trickly color clashing.
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Romantic, wistful, and delicate, the printed dress is an undeniable wardrobe staple. Some sport it with sandals and sunhats, while others wear it with kitten heels and delicate jewels. But no matter how it is styled and accessorized, it always imbues mood-boosting playfulness. Exuding a holiday-makers reverie, the Zanzibar-inspired prints of Doreen Mashika’s Nia and Zuri dresses are no exception, calling to mind walks along white-sand beaches. The latter oozes bohemian glamour with its ocean-blue shades, elegant shirtdress style, and relaxed midi silhouette. On the other hand, billowy and roomy, the flattering V-neck and semi-asymmetrical hem of the green Nia allows for maximum movement, its soft cotton fabric upping the comfort factor of the dress.
Styling tip: Sure, something about its patterns and sweet shades may feel emblematic of the summertime, but that doesn’t mean it can’t serve as a layering essential in the colder months too. So let either frock add a dose of sunshine to your winter wardrobe and wear it under a classic trench coat like Christie Brown’s Corset-Detail Trench.
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There’s just something so appealing about a slouchy, wide-leg pant: cut to flatter and for comfort, the style is perfectly appropriate for both professional settings as well as after-hours occasions. So peel off those skinnies and get set to embrace a new silhouette. Reminiscent of classic menswear tailoring, the flared wide-leg tailored pants by South African brand Viviers have a dramatic silhouette that flares out towards the hem and is characteristic of the label’s unique blend of femininity and androgyny. Their rust-colored Samurai Pants boast similar qualities, the piece’s pure silk satin form and waist-belt detail guaranteeing unflappable elegance.
Styling tip: Worn with the matching blazer from the line, the Flared Pants offers a spirit of luxe-sophistication that’s timeless. As for the Samurai style, make it the foundation of a kaleidoscopically colorful and fearless ensemble and pair it with Viviers’ Fuschia Stretch Mesh Top.
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