Personally I love my basics... They give me a firm and constant reassurance that however I choose to put them together, the result will look good, feel wonderful and allow me to remain myself in any situation.
Ironically, it is always the simplest things that are the most difficult to come by... First of all, the search itself... In times when most are interested in trends, the basics get pushes away in the farthest corner if there's even one. Sometimes they become forgotten completely...
And if I do find something I like, I always, always check the quality before I make my decision - it would break my heart to see my new favourite fade away after the first wash or because I chose to wear it all the time (which happens often) and keep for several years (I don't shop much as you can tell by now).
And next comes the ever so slightly hair-moving question of the price - a subject that, frankly, deserves a post of its own, especially when a certain t-shirts or barely there something end up costing like a small car - honestly, why-oh-why?
To my delight there are brands that offer collections that tick every box on my list. Uniqlo is one of them. It's a destination I really like and visit whenever I need a few good quality basics to wear at home, a great classic shirt or a bit of cashmere. Their jeans are meant to be great, too, but I haven't got to try them yet.
Last autumn Uniqlo announced that they were collaborating with Ines de la Fressage on a collection of basic and very Parisian clothes and accessories to include several pieces that can be personalised according to everyone's unique style. Ah, my heart sang a happy song! Having been in love with Ines's previous work with La Redoute, I imagined that there would be at least one shirt dress and a few nice trousers and jackets, too.... And I was not disappointed.
The collection turned out to be beautiful! There are several shirt dresses, blouses, shirts, trousers, jackets, hats, accessories that are wonderfully made and very reasonably priced. The clothes are divided between four styling ideas including playful and timeless Petite Parisienne, very classic and refined Blue Blank Parisienne, relaxed and comfortable Souffle de Parisienne and chic Note Parisienne and retail at £9.90 for scarves and tank-tops, £29.90 for cotton shirts, £39.90 for silk (!!!) blouses, £39.90 for long shirt dresses with the coat being most expensive at £99 (which is still very-very reasonable).
Here is a list of my favourites, but do go and see them all and pick whatever you like. The collection will be available on-line tomorrow and in stores - a week later. If you have been planning to add a few well-crafted basics in your wardrobe, this is a perfect opportunity to start.