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

Joy Montgomery

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 those previously overlooked wardrobe workhorses, from racer tanks to 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 a trench à la Brittany.


Arket Striped Cotton Top (£35)

H&M Striped JerseyTop (£13)

Kin Elliptical Hem Breton Stripe Top (£34)

Dorothy Perkins White Navy Breton Stripe Top (£10)

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.


Totême Espera Organic Cotton-Blend Jersey Tank Top (£85)

Weekday Stella Tank Top (£8)

& Other Stories Square Neck Rib Knit Tank Top (£35)

Arket Ribbed Racer Tank (£17)

The Collared Top

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


Monki Short Sleeve Ribbed Polo (£20)

& Other Stories Fitted Button Up Ribbed Shirt (£55)

Monki Short Sleeve Ribbed Polo (£20)

Albus Lumen Point-Collar Terry Cotton-Blend Polo Shirt (£159)

The Roll-Neck Top

Style Notes: While the sun might be out in force this weekend, 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.


M&S Roll Neck Longline Vest Top (£20)

Warehouse Long Sleeve Roll Neck Top (£10)

Dorothy Perkins Tall Camel High Neck Top (£6)

Boden Essential Roll Neck (£28)

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 stylish.


Topshop Ivory Square Neck Knitted Top (£15)

Free People Square One Seamless Cami (£24)

Albus Lumen Longe Square-Neck Top (£160)

Topshop Black Square Neck Long Sleeve Top (£17)

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