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

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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 19 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 Puffer Coat

Arket 2021 Long Down Puffer Coat (£225)

The Breton Top

Arket Oversized Pima Cotton T-Shirt (£25)

The Tailored Trousers

Arket Tailored Wool Trousers (£89)

The Stripe Shirt

Arket Oversized Poplin Shirt (£59)

The White Sneakers

Arket Veja V-12 Trainers (£115)

The Tailored Coat

Arket Belted Wool Coat (£225)

The Crew Neck Knit

Arket Bell-Sleeve Alpaca Jumper (£69)

The Year-Round Sunnies

Arket Monokel Eyewear River Sunglasses (£115)

The Straight Leg Jeans

Arket Regular Cropped Jeans (£59)

The Jumper Dress

Arket High-Neck Knitted Dress (£69)

The Chunky Boots

Arket Chunky-Sole Leather Boots (£175)

The Cross-Body Bag

Arket Leather-Trimmed Straw Bag (£119)

The White Shirt

Arket Oversized Poplin Shirt (£59)

The Oversized Blazer

Arket Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer (£135)

The Pleated Midi

Arket Pleated Midi Skirt (£69)

The Smart Loafers

Arket Chunky-Sole Leather Loafers (£150)

The Tank Top

Arket Ribbed Racer Tank (£15)

The Loungewear Trousers

Arket Soft French Terry Sweatpants (£45)

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