We all know that you need those big bold statement pieces in your wardrobe (and check out our article here for how to rock this season’s latest trends!) but what about those times when you just need well-made wearable clothes to take on the day to day? These are the times for the basics – those must-have essentials that every wardrobe needs!
I embarked on a mini shop-hop to bring you a heap of easy-to-please pieces for living your life in; here goes…
First up, is your office wear! Blazers are key in every woman’s wardrobe and this season, Giordano Ladies puts forth a hearty helping of these day-to-night wardrobe staples. They took the basics up a notch with tuxedo-style piping, digital prints, and leather accents – just pop one of these over your go-to black skinny pants and white button-down shirt for a look that means business!
Wait! You say you don’t have a great white shirt or black skinny pants? Hold the phone! You need to get yourself over to Marco Visconti in Soho pronto and stock up on these separates. Wear them together for work or break them apart for play; these will carry you through season after season of socialising.
Giordano Ladies also gives the shift a lift – try this dip-dyed version on for size! This dress is great for minimizing a large bust as the white pulls the attention down to your stems. However, the pink shoulder on the one on the right draws attention up and adds a splash of colour to an otherwise very basic black. Pair with a skinny pink belt for a little spring fling!
And if you want to hit the town after office hours, then check these out! Marco Visconti adds a bit of texture and a smidge of sheen to these conservative dresses to make the frocks more fun. I love that both options have pockets, which are perfect for all those “Hong Kong Handshakes” (i.e. business card swaps) you’ll soon be doing!
There were loads of colours and prints to choose from thanks to the JW design team – just look at all these shades of denim! And all you JW fans over in Kowloon, rejoice; they’ve just opened a brand new store in Festival Walk for you to stock up on those trademark rainbow jeans, easy tees and comfy sweaters.
Meanwhile, American Vintage boasts an obscene amount of comfy cotton creations; tees, vests, tanks, slouchy tops… you name it, they’ve got it! Wear these to travel, to sleep, to tote the kids around, to hold a tree pose… or maybe all of the above!
But even though I was spoilt for choice with colour, I kept returning to the yellow, blues, and greys (take a look at some fun ways to wear yellow here). This is the easiest way to add a pop of sunshine to the grey days that can take HK by storm – and those basic simple shapes mean you can go all out with that colour pop!
Another way to cheer your self up when the skies open up is to don a polka dot print (yes, there are tips for that too here!). This matching tank and shorts combo give you the romper look whilst saving you from those awkward restroom moments that always seem to accompany wearing a playsuit! Plus, it is perfect for those with a longer torso that can’t fit into your basic off-the-rack onesie (can you tell I speak from experience?!).
If playful prints are what float your boat, then check out these easy breezy summer dresses. Perfect for a junk boat fiesta, summer wedding or weekend day trip, Jack Wills (above left and centre) and American Vintage (above right) provide a plethora of possibilities!
Summer is fast approaching and you know your calendar is filling up fast, so load up that closet of yours with easy-to-wear and quick-to-coordinate basics! American Vintage and Jack Wills have your weekends sorted, while Giordano and Marco Visconti can take you to the office and then out at night too. Now you are set to enjoy everything that this upcoming season has to throw at you… all while being fabulously outfitted, of course!
American Vintage Shop 3086-3087, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
2234 7859 www.am-vintage.com
Marco Visconti G/F, 63 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
Marco Visconti Shop 306, Cyberport Arcade, 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Photos by Sabrina Sikora Photography