Honestly, These Basic Tops Are the Only Things I Want to Be Wearing RN

Joy Montgomery
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Is it just me, or is Instagram awash with basic tops this spring? Influencers who were historically known for their extroverted ensembles have been stripping it back in favour of previously overlooked wardrobe workhorses, such as racer tanks and ribbed roll-necks. If you're anything like me, this is great news as you'll be craving sartorial simplicity and looking for versatility when you get dressed in the morning.

Less is definitely more right now, but that doesn't mean staples can't rival those look-at-me ensembles. Case in point: Brittany Bathgate is a diehard minimalist who builds her outfits around basics. For example, she'll pair a Breton top with white jeans and a trench coat, and the effect is undeniably chic. Personally, I have rediscovered a love for tank tops, a clean-lined buy that can pack a punch when tucked into drawstring trousers and accessorised with a chain necklace.

So to help you on your way to simple-dressing success, I've found five styles of tops that I would happily wear on repeat all season long. Scroll down to see and shop my edit.

The Breton Top

Style Notes: There's a reason that the Breton top is a wardrobe icon: It looks good on everyone and it pairs with everything in your wardrobe. Wear it now with white jeans and Converse as seen on Who What Wear's Nell Block.


Cos Boxy Breton-Striped Top (£35)

Cos Boxy Breton-Striped Top (£35)

Saint James Sailor Collar Striped Heavyweight Cotton Jersey Nautical Shirt (£105)

H&M Cotton Jersey Top (£13)

The Tank Top

Style Notes: The tank-top-and-tailored-trousers look has become the fashion girls' go-to spring pairing this year. Just make sure your trousers sit high on the waist and loose on the leg for a flattering finish.


Arket Ribbed Racer Tank (£17)

Asos Design Curve Knitted Rib Vest in Cream (£14)

Weekday Stella Tank Top (£8)

Cos Fitted Vest Top (£12)

The Collared Top

Style Notes: The '70s piece is seeing a revival and set to be a winning staple for those seeking a little throwback appeal in their basics capsule. Monki has the best selection right now, and I have my eye on the short-sleeved, ribbed iterations.


Monki Ribbed pique shirt (£20)

Joostricot Bi-Colour Cotton-Blend Polo Shirt (£315)

Monki Ribbed button-up polo (£25)

& Other Stories Lettuce Collar Rib Top (£16)

The Roll-Neck Top

Style Notes: While the sun might come out in force every now and then, it's still spring, so we're not packing away our layering quite yet. A long-sleeved roll-neck top is the ideal transitional piece and can be worn alone or under knitwear for chilly evenings.


Wolford Colorado Stretch-Jersey Turtleneck Thong Bodysuit (£160)

H&M Ribbed Turtleneck Top (£13)

Prada Silk Turtleneck Top (£605)

& Other Stories Long Sleeve Turtleneck Top (£27)

The Square-Neck Top

Style Notes: Those wanting an interesting twist on the classic jersey tee should play around with a square neckline. Though only a subtle detail, it will make any outfit look that little bit more interesting.


Arket Square Neck Top (£35)

& Other Stories Fitted Square Neck Top (£35)

Vince Off-White Jersey Top (£105)

Asos Design Crinkle Top With Ultra Square Neck in Sage Green (£18)

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