By Amy Tsai
We’re not sure exactly when the word “basic” became a no-no, but it seems no one is supposed to like anything basic anymore. (And you definitely wouldn’t wanna be called it!) But today we’d like to speak up for all those basic
bitches styles getting the bad rap, because they’re ridiculously versatile, never off-trend, usually affordable – in a word, awesome!
Which is why we’re declaring it our #StyleHero for the moment and showing you three ways a basic piece can improve the rest of your wardrobe and thus your life. By the end of this we think you’ll be bowing down and calling yourself a basic bit-… Fine, maybe you won’t go that far. But you know what we mean. Let’s get to it. All hail the basic!
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1. Sheer Genius
With super sheer, barely-there styles all the rage right now, you might be wondering how you could possibly get on-trend without displaying your undergarments for the world to see. This is where a good basic comes in. Just find a fitted jumpsuit or a leotard romper in your skin tone, and you’ve got a barrier between undies and world that is slick enough to not spoil the illusion.
2. Statement Maker
You can’t truly, effectively make a statement with a statement piece if you’re wearing other statement pieces that distract from it, right? Well, there’s nothing like a basic (but still bangin’) minidress or a sleek (but still chic) sweater romper to put the spotlight on your stems and whatever strappy / glittery / neon / absolutely outrageous statement shoes are holding them up.
3. Layers Club
In the warm-season months, you’re not gonna wanna feel bogged down by your clothing nor get caught coatless by an unexpected chill. The answer? Layers! Basics are generally lightweight and therefore perfect for layering, whether it’s a bralette under a blazer or kimono or a cropped tee peeking out through a cool bomber jacket. Light in weight but heavy on style, we like to say.