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Back To Basics: Des’s Favourite Staples

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There’s nothing basic about basics. While they may not be the most exciting pieces in your wardrobe, they are the hardest-working, so it’s well worth taking the time to get them just right. Quality is key – these are pieces you’ll wear on repeat, so invest in the best you can to get the longest-lasting versions. Here, our contributing senior fashion editor Des Lewis takes you through the essentials that she turns to again and again.

“One of the hardest-working items in my wardrobe, a white tee is an item I pretty much wear on a daily basis, either as a layering piece under knitwear or as the perfect partner to denim or tailoring.”
“This has been my signature scent for a number of years and is the one I always go back to time and again.”
“Daily moisturising is such an easy way to make your skin look and feel good, and this rich balm really works.”
“Chic and comfortable are the basic requirements for all of my footwear choices, and these tick both boxes.”
“Spring is on its way and a trench is my go-to trans-seasonal cover-up option that never gets old.”
“This very chic tote will meet all of my everyday bag needs for the office and at the weekend.”
“Denim is my style love language and I find straight fits are really flattering for me.”
“For when the chunky jumpers retire for the season but I still want to wear knitwear.”
“For me, a signet ring has that nostalgic feel about it of a piece that has been handed down.”
“A multitasker that I wear tucked in with tailored trousers on smarter days or loose and oversized for a more relaxed feel.”
“Gold hoops are those wear-with-everything pieces of jewellery that always feel right, whatever the occasion.”
“I’m a trouser girl through and through, and these are perfect for non-denim days.”