The One High-Street Store I Always Buy My Basics From

Joy Montgomery

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.

Shop my Arket basics:

The White Tee

Arket Crew-Neck T-shirt (£15)

The Trench Coat

Arket Oversized Trench Coat (£175)

The Breton Top

Arket Striped Cotton Top (£35)

The Tailored Trousers

Arket Wool Hopsack Tapered Trousers (£89)

The White Sneakers

Arket Veja V-12 Trainers (£115)

The Cashmere Roll-Neck

Arket Cashmere Roll-Neck (£135)

The White Midi Dress

Arket Wide Poplin Dress (£79)

The Chunky Boots

Arket Chunky-Sole Leather Boots (£175)

The Oversized Blazer

Arket Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer (£135)

The White Jeans

Arket Regular Cropped Jeans (£59)

The Knee-High Boot

Arket High-Heel Leather Boots (£250)

The Colour-Pop Knit

Arket Merino Crew-Neck Jumper (£55)

The Straight-Leg Jeans

Arket Regular Jeans (£59)

The Zip-Up Fleece

Arket Pile Half-Zip (£89)

The Workout Top

Arket Seamless Yoga Bra (£19)

The Leggings

Arket Compression Tights (£55)

The White Shirt

Arket Relaxed Poplin Shirt (£55)

The Beige Trousers

Arket Wool Hopsack Tapered Trousers (£89)

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