Beau­ti­ful ba­sics

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - FASHION WITH KARLYA SMITH -

Ba­sics are the bread and but­ter of a wardrobe – the white tees, the black or navy pants, the co-or­di­nat­ing work-worn shoes. They are the clothes you end up wish­ing you had bought five of so there is al­ways one clean, ironed and ready and wait­ing at arm’s length.

While neu­trals and safe shades like black, white and blue are ver­sa­tile, the same gar­ment in a slightly less com­mon shade – like nude, red, or your favourite colour – an also do the job, with a cherry on top.

When you plan to layer pieces, you don’t want any tricky gi­ant puffed sleeves, frills or ex­cess vol­ume. Th­ese pieces make the big­gest im­pact on your wardrobe when they are sim­ple, but con­sid­ered. Ba­sic shapes in goodqual­ity fab­rics are a dream to own and wear.

The down­side of favourites is that heavy wear even­tu­ally starts to show on a gar­ment. Take note of what the gar­ment is made from and how best to care for it. If in doubt, most fab­rics re­spond well to a cool hand wash. You could go the full Marie Kondo ap­proach for favourites. Wash them by hand, with a nice-smelling soap, ob­serv­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing them for their ser­vice.

Speak­ing of laun­dry, block soaps for hand wash­ing and/or stains are the lat­est trend. Make a mix, blend­ing a lit­tle soap till you have lightly sudsy wa­ter. More is not more when it comes to soap use. Don’t ap­ply the soap straight onto a stain un­less it’s ma­jor. I’ve been us­ing a Penny Sage x Sphaera Laun­dry Bar ($18). It’s last­ing a long time, smells won­der­ful, and seems to work.

Wool and hair fi­bres like cash­mere are slowly dam­aged by nor­mal laun­dry de­ter­gent. Most de­ter­gents are al­kali and af­fect wool, mak­ing it slimy to the touch. Mild acids like lemon juice, on the other hand, can help re­tain the han­dle of wool. I’ve been us­ing The Laun­dress New York wool and cash­mere sham­poo, which Max stocks. It smells amaz­ing and means I don’t waste my ac­tual hair sham­poo, the other kind of soap you can use on wool­lens.

1/ Max Lisa linen lay­er­ing jacket, $140 2/ Work­shop Denim Lia a high-waisted pants, $298 3/ Nom D vec­tor jumper, $445 4/ Heidi eidi Klum Stripe Mesh and Paper­touch briefs, $17 5/ Juliette Ho­gan n linen tank in fern, $179 6/ Dr Martens Chelsea boots, $299

7/ Rachel Mills Facile pants, $379 8/ Sala­sai Go­rilla shirt, $300

9/ Marle Dean tee, $200 10/ Kow­tow Mon­u­ment jacket, $329 11/ I Love Ugly waf­fle tee, $59 12/ Paris Ge­or­gia Cot­ton x stan­dard is­sue sheer tur­tle, $290 13/ Nom D socks, $28 14/ Sh­jark Nile pants, $319 15/ Flash Jew­ellery Haze hoops, $169

16/ Chaos & Har­mony Seek slides, $299

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