How to shop basics part two

Basics deserve their rightful place in our wardrobes, so I’m breaking it down into two posts. Part one, last week was based around jeans, tee’s and singlets. Part two will cover dresses and shirts plus drop crotch pants and jackets.

Last week we focused on jeans, tee’s and singlets once you have nailed these, getting dressed in the morning or on weekends is super easy. It also means that by simply adding in a few extra staples to your wardrobe, your style worries will be stress free which should stop you pulling your hair out with frustration.

Whether we like it or not, basics need to play their part in our wardrobe. Otherwise the temptation to spend money on flashy ‘once wear’ pieces will take over your life – trust me until a couple of years ago I held the Oscar for wardrobe chaos.

My ‘robe was full of stuff that warranted a full face of make up and a flashy event to sip champagne at – not a mad dash to Coles for milk and bread.

Waking up on the weekend (or your day off) to find the only thing you have to wear is a sparkly little red carpet number, just doesn’t cut the mustard.

Although I must confess my idea of basics is more than just a few singlets and plain tee’s though.

Basics to me are wardrobe staples that we rely on. They are also pieces that pull outfits together. Wardrobe ‘gems’ that give you options and wardrobe flexibility without the need to keep continually spending.

I’m breaking this down into sections.


I need (yes need 😉 ) jackets in my life.

It’s the item I grab not only to keep the chills at bay but also to bring my whole look together. Jackets are also perfect for Spring.

I’m almost as obsessed by jackets as I am by jeans.

But if jackets are not your thing concentrate on scaling it down to just two: One denim/leather and one blazer (navy or black are the most versatile).

When looking for jackets try to cover all bases – casual through to smart.

A denim jacket is a must. Soft summer dress and denim are simply a divine duo. Either worn draped over your shoulders or with the sleeves rolled up over a stripey tee dress (see below) this combination is a dream mix.

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Boxy Denim Jacket $179.00 (wearing M) Bohemian Traders |  Striped Singlet Dress (wearing M) $119.00 |Mark Bale watch and silver bracelet The Peach Box (use code irismaystyle at checkout for 15% discount)

Blazers can be a little more tricky to find.

My pear shape suits a more fitted (nipped in at the waist style). I also have to make sure the jacket falls at the correct length and not in my danger zone: top of thigh.

This blazer from Hanelli is a true fashion piece. One that I couldn’t pass by, the cut is also bang on the money for my shape.

How to style basics part two

Hanellei Jenna Jacket in Black $79.00 (Wearing 14) also available in white and nude | Witchery V-Neck Tunic in Blush Pink $99.95 (see below) | Jo Mercer Callie Heels $89.95 on sale | Bohemian Traders Drop Crotch Pants in White* $129.00

Now I know summer in Queensland doesn’t allow for us to wear a jacket, so when the humidity strikes we must adapt.

Yes, think Kimono. Lightweight and super feminine.

Kimonos work beautifully over dresses jeans and shorts…they also offer confidence without adding bulk if you prefer to delicately disguise areas of your body (think butt and thigh area for me).

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Both the top and kimono have now sold out. Lee Lou Anne have others just as gorgeous though.


Adding tee-shirt style dresses to your basic wardrobe is a must for flexibility.

Of course if they happen to be of the stripe variety, I’m even happier.

How to style basis part two

Boxy Denim Jacket* $179.00 (Wearing Medium) | Striped Singlet Dress* (wearing M) $119.00 (both Bohemian Traders)| Jo Mercer Callie Heels $89.95

This cutie from Bohemian Traders is part of their basics launch.

Fabric with added stretch always gets a big tick from me. Comfort is always key, but it also means even after a day of wearing it will still look fresh and crisp.

The shape is super flattering too, fitted through the bust, sleeveless with narrower straps, falling to a-line with a scoop hemline.

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Classic Scoop Neck Dress in Khaki* $129.00 Bohemian TradersJo Mercer Callie Heels $89.95 (on sale) | Scarf: Beige wool wrap scarf (suede tassels)* $55.00 Pink Deer | Mark Bale watch and silver bracelet The Peach Box * (use code irismaystyle at checkout for 15% discount)

If you prefer to steer clear of sleeveless then this could be the perfect SS frock for you.

Lose fitting tee-shirt style dress.

This fabulous dress is so versatile and can be worn so many ways. Try adding a belt for extra definition. Knot the hemline to show off your pins or simply wear as is with nude sandals or this seasons must have white sneaker.

Remember basics do not have to be black and white. Adding a hint of seasonal colour in a piece that you know you will wear to death, might be just what your wardrobe needs!

Blouse/Shirt or both?

Me: both.

I know lots of you girls struggle with a traditional classic button-through shirt.

My answer to finding the perfect cut that flatters your shape and style is ‘perseverance’.

Shopping for shirts is a little like shopping for jeans. A tiresome as this might sound, don’t give up.

Wearing your shirts open with a singlet underneath (this often works better if you carry weight around your tummy) can be a great way of nailing the humble shirt. Or try wearing a shirt over a maxi tee dress (denim works a treat).

Half-tuck or full tuck if you have a cute little bod.

Or opt for oversized in linen, which will work a treat with a denim short of BF jeans.

If shirts are really not your thing then think about adding a soft blouse to your basics.

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Witchery V-Neck Tunic in Blush Pink $99.95 (I’m wearing 14 as it was the only one left, I should have got the 12) – also available in white and black.

What is basic about this blouse I hear you ask?

It becomes a basic if it’s a piece that you rely on.

I’ve had a similar v-neck nude blouse from Witchery for over two years (so many of you have asked about this blouse, which I still wear constantly). It’s the piece I turn to when I’m struggling to find anything to wear. It goes with jeans, skirts, drop crotch and formal trousers.

Colour is key to longevity on this piece though.

Black | White | Nude | Blush

Any other colour will restrict you.

Now let’s address the one piece that you either LOVE or LOATH


Since the day my first pair of DC arrived from Bohemian Traders it has been true love for me.

Yes they are comfy with their drawstring waist awesomeness but more than anything they make me feel stylish.

I have black | khaki | plum | and now white – I know ecstatic doesn’t come close.

I’m still recovering from the excitement of my delivery. They were straight on my butt within a millisecond!

On the days when I’m rushing out the door and grabbing at clothes, my hand goes straight to the shelf where my DC live.

DC work just as well with a tee and denim jacket as they do with a smart blouse and a jacket.

Add heels, ankle boots or sneakers.

They are the bomb.

How to style basics part two

Witchery V-Neck Tunic in Blush Pink $99.95 | Bohemian Traders Drop Crotch Pants in White* $129.00 | Mimco Tribute Boots $349.00

If drop crotch pants work you up into a cold sweat then having the perfect pair of Ponte Pants in your arsenal is a must.

This Lyla pair from Table Eight are my favourites and they are on sale for $39.99

Before I go…have you seen the cute little video’s on the BT website – delightful! The new collection is pretty darn cute too 🙂

This post features items sent to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy. This post also includes affiliate links, which in a nutshell means, if you click-through to purchase I may earn a small commission, but you don’t pay any extra!


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  • Harriet

    Love your outfits, and the long disc necklace – where did you get it from?

  • winnie

    I really enjoy your blog, Bev! Found you through Bisque on Instagram! Look forward to your tips and outfits ideas. New subscriber here! 🙂

    • Oh Winnie thank you so much, welcome so happy to have you here! xx

      • Winnie

        You’re welcome! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • jess

    Love it all as usual Bev! Only problem is, you make me want to buy EVERYTHING and I need to curb my shopping addiction stat! So I might have bought the pink deer scarf – have been eyeing it off and I cannot resist a sale – oops. Want that Witchery blush top – badly! Oh dear 😉

    • Oh Jess you’ve just made me giggle.Thank you so much…I wear Pink Deer scarves nearly every single day. Ps the Witchery blush top is a must (sorry to encourage you, but I know you’ll still be wearing it in two years time!) xx

  • Leah

    Great post! What size did you get in the khaki dress Bev? Im thinking I will need the L if you are in the M… xxx

    • Leah I’m wearing the M (I’m a true 12 and a pear) could easily have gone for the Small. Maybe order the Medium instead ??

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Great post Bev ,I have all these items in my wardrobe,I just bought a fa lulls chambray shirt from Kmart yes I was shocked too Xx

    • Thanks so much darling.Yay to chambray shirts gorgeous girl. They are super practical and fabulous for layering in spring! Can’t wait to see you wearing yours. Missing you on Insta xxx

  • I’ve been looking for a black blazer and that one you are wearing is unbelievable – will be checking it out stat. Oh and I’m loving you in pink gorgeous lady! x

    • It’s cheap and looks fabulous V. Beckie has it in the Navy and in the nude too…Much cheaper than the 3.5k Balmain one 😉 Thanks for the love gorgeous xx

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    I’ve just caught up on part 1 & 2… What great posts! My Brit wardrobe was similar to yours Bev (perhaps a wee bit more casual) but even the school run was heels and jackets lol! How I’ve had to adapt my Aussie wardrobe is beyond belief but I’m getting there. P.s love your new hair! xx

    • Naaaaw thanks so much Nat. I know our taste is so similar. I thought of you when I was writing part one. I managed to stuff our container full of clothes (most of which I’ve never even had on my back) that Jonny – Jonny was threatening to pull half of it back out!
      I’m loving my hair too – it’s more manageable xxx

  • mummabstylish

    Love this look, I may try and copy it… nice to have found your blog. Maybe you could take a look at mine? I love your style and it’s nice to have ‘met’ you .x Jacqui

    • Happy for you to copy it Jacqui I find my inspiration from all of the fabulous women I ‘meet’ online too!
      Heading over now to your place xx