As any fashion editor will tell you, basics are arguably the most important part of your wardrobe. In our experience, if you don't build a strong grounding, then you will struggle to put together outfits—after all, you can't create a painting without a canvas or a building without foundations. You get the idea. If you look at the best outfits on Instagram, you'll soon realise that each and every one will include a staple, whether it's a white tee, classic flat boot, blazer or tailored trousers. In summary? Basics are big business.
Wearing my favourite Arket white tee at fashion week.
The four things I look for in a good basic are as follows: Fit, quality of the material, colour and versatility, and from my extensive shopping experience, I can safely say that Arket ticks all the boxes every time. For example, I searched high and low for the perfect white tee and, unexpectedly, Arket's £15 crewneck came up trumps (my husband finds the same with the men's iterations, FYI). It's the ideal amount of fitted on the shoulders and loose, but not baggy, around the hips, and I also seriously rate the crewneck collar.
Before I get carried away with my ode to the Arket white T-shirt, let me present you with the 18 other basics that the brand has totally nailed. From the sharp tailored trousers and the softest roll-neck knit to the oversized white shirt and the elevating knee-high boots, scroll down to shop my edit.