I talk about modern classics all of the time, and many of these appear on my Essentials Over 40 Wardrobe Guide, and as much as I love the ease and go-to versatility of these pieces, sometimes, I want something a little different. A little special.
But when do clothes become so special that they lose their versatility? When are basics no longer basic?
Here, 3 signs that you’re buying a versatile wardrobe staple you’ll have for a long time to come:
- It’s solid. Patterns (with rare exceptions like striped tees and plaid wraps) rarely make it onto essentials lists.
- It’s neutral. In fashionese, neutrals refer not to colors with a balance of warm and cool tones, but to colors that go with all of the other colors. These include colors like black, white, ivory, navy, gray, and camel.
- It’s versatile. The ideal wardrobe essential can be a building block in many different types of outfits, from casual to a little dressier.
But can a piece check all of these boxes and still be interesting? Yes! Today, I’m going to show you how elevated essentials, those that have details that make them special without losing their versatility, can be the key to upgrading your everyday outfits.
And to do that, I want to introduce you to a new favorite brand, S.Deer. The brand calls its pieces “edgy and refined” and also minimalist, and you’ll find interesting, eclectic yet still essential pieces in a shades of white, black, and gray with occasional pops of color.
I think you’ll fall in love with these eclectic and elevated essentials as much as I have. Here are codes to use if you decide to shop this brand:
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The White Shirt
As classic as it gets, this basic can range from crisp and tailored to soft and feminine, but it’s usually solid white with buttons down the front. If this style has never appealed to you, or if you’re looking to mix it up with a different option, you’ll find dozens of options at S.Deer.
The most stapley of staples, the most basic tee is usually a simple cotton knit shirt with short sleeves, but you can find tees in silk and linen and cashmere, with ruffles or strong shoulder or interesting necklines. S.Deer has tees that are interesting enough to serve as standalone tops or blouses.
Sweaters can be cozy, of course, but they can also be boxy and uninspired. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to elevate the basic sweater, from luxurious fabrics to interesting shapes. Here, some standout sweaters from S.Deer.
A basic ribbed or smooth knit turtleneck is an essential for many women, and the lightweight versions have been trending in recent years. Although this style is usually simple, subtle details and texture make it more interesting.
Straight leg jeans are a modern wardrobe classic, but there are subtle and more statement-y ways to add interest while still keeping them versatile.
A blazer or jacket of any style is essential both for functionality and style. Fortunately, you can find neutral jackets in many interesting shapes and styles.
What do you think of the idea of elevating your essentials? And which of these is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!