We’ve all had those moments where we feel we have absolutely nothing to wear, hate all of our clothes and have a full on meltdown just trying to piece one outfit together. Building a solid wardrobe foundation is the key to success when it comes to nailing looks, and if you have all the right fundamental pieces you will breeze through your mornings, and be ready to take on your day with confidence and style. With this in mind, we’ve collated your must-have items from our favourite local and international brands, so you and your clothes never need to fall out again!
The beauty of of a basic tee is that once you’ve found a fabric and fit that works for you, there’s nothing stopping you from buying one in every colour. We love this MUJI organic cotton tee, a high quality, eco-friendly and sustainable t-shirt that comes in round neck, v-neck and a range of colours and prints. MUJI as a brand prides itself on practising sustainability through minimalism, with a huge range of basics in store, it’s an ideal starting point for your wardrobe revamp.
Sassy Tip: Buy a size or two up and tie at the side, pair with denim shorts for a more casual summer style.
MUJI organic cotton tee available in stores across Hong Kong
The Mom jean has been a staple for decades and the reason is simple – this style suits almost everyone! The relaxed fit provides comfort that our skinnies just cannot, and the style is versatile enough to pair with almost anything for any occasion. Topshop has been supporting the Mom jeans for many years now and in turn has provided every colour and style imaginable, so you are sure to find the perfect fit.
Sassy Tip: We’re huge fans of a classic white tee and jeans, however pair with a blazer and heeled sandals if you’re after a more chic style.
Topshop Mom Jeans available online here or in stores across Hong Kong
A slip dress may be new territory for many of us, but trust us when we say its one staple you’ll be thankful for! This GRANA midi dress is made from 100% Chinese silk, and is soft and lightweight enough to last you through the long humid Hong Kong summers. It’s available in four stunning shades, and is the perfect dress for a day to night transition. GRANA sources only the highest quality fabrics, so each piece will be sure to last you through the seasons.
Sassy Tip: Team your slip dress with a vintage belt for a more fitted look, or layer over a t-shirt for the cooler months.
GRANA v-neck slip dress available online here
No Hong Kong wardrobe would be complete without a light jacket. Even if the heat outside is rising, you can be sure you’ll need to cover up due to chilly office air-con. Our favourite pick for the warmer months is this ZARA lightweight blazer. We love the versatility a blazer has to offer, and believe us when we say you’ll struggle to find an outfit it doesn’t pair with! The fresh white colour is perfect for the summer months, however if it’s not quite your thing ZARA has an array of colours and styles to suit your blazer needs.
Sassy Tip: Keep your eyes out for the matching trousers and pair with heels for an alternative wedding guest outfit.
Zara blazer available online here or in stores across Hong Kong
White trainers are a huge trend right now and these comfies aren’t going anywhere. This wear-with-anything trainer is sure to keep you on top of the style game and ensure you’ve got your fundamental footwear sorted. Our pick here is ethical and sustainable brand Veja. Made with organic cotton, wild rubber from the Amazon, vegetable tanned leather and recycled plastic bottles; not only will your feet stay stylish, but also each step you take makes a positive impact on our environment. Interested in sustainable fashion? Read more here.
Sassy Tip: Wear with a floral midi dress and a raffia bag this summer to freshen up your look.
VEJA white sneakers available online via Net-A-Porter
We all know too well how wet Hong Kong summers can get, which means that for us, ankle boots are vital all year round. With more variety, fabrics, colours and styles than ever, you’ll be certain to find a pair that works for you. Invest in a good pair of boots and they will take you through the seasons in effortless comfort and style. Our pick are these Free People black leather boots. The classic design (we love the block heel and vintage finish) will never fade, ensuring complete long-term versatility. The style comes in a wide range of sizes and if black isn’t your thing, they’re available in tan too!
Sassy Tip: If you’re feeling more adventurous, get yourself some snakeskin boots and pair with mom jeans and a blazer for a twist on a classic look.
Free People Nicola boot available online here
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As much as we love a chunky knit, a more lightweight option is something you need to prioritise in your search for an updated wardrobe. Light enough to layer, but also comfy enough for those not too cold but not too hot days, this COS jumper ticks all the boxes for a versatile garment. The turquoise colour gives a fresh and fun look for summer, making it a great base for any outfit. Easily adaptable and made from fine merino wool, this resilient fabric is a great alternative to cashmere, remaining super soft – and it’s machine washable too!
Sassy Tip: Layer over a silk slip dress and wear with sneakers to stay stylish in the cooler months, or pair with denim cut offs and sliders for a fresher summer style.
COS Fine Merino Round Neck Jumper available online here or in stores across Hong Kong
Sandal season is almost in full swing, so in preparation we’ve scoured the shops for our favourite picks for 2019. A pair of good quality mules never goes out of style; versatile enough to wear with almost any outfit, it’s the perfect day to night shoe. These GAP pink mules have caught our eye, with the dusty pink colour sure to add a clean and fresh pop to your wardrobe, and the low but chunky heel will ensure you can walk the city in ultimate comfort. GAP also stock half sizes, perfect for those out there who fall in between sizes.
Sassy Tip: Wear with jeans and a tee to brighten up your outfit, or with black cigarette trousers for an easy desk to drinks look.
GAP Pink Criss Cross Mules available online here or in stores across Hong Kong
With the long hot summer ahead of us, now is the ideal time to start the search for one of our more difficult items, denim shorts. We know the struggle of trying to find the perfect fit, and with so many styles available, just the shopping trip alone can be overwhelming and stressful. However, we think these shorts by AGOLDE are a great start. With a clinched in high waist, and a long enough length to ensure you’re not showing off too much, this flattering style is the perfect combination.
Sassy Tip: If it’s more of a hot pant than boyfriend short you’re after, don’t worry! These shorts are long enough to customise and you can easily alter the length to reflect your own individual style.
Dee Short by AGOLDE available online via Revolve
Junk Season has officially started, which means the race to find the best, most flattering, moderately priced and unique swimsuit is upon us (stressful right?). Luckily we’ve worked hard to tick all of the boxes to ensure you look and feel your best this summer, and think that this belted swimsuit from OYSHO is the perfect start for your swimwear collection. The structured fabric ensures consistent support in all the right places, and we love the khaki colour and belt detail, giving it a stylish but classic touch. Swimsuits not quite your thing? OYSHO has a wide range of bikinis in a variety of cuts and styles, which are all made with high quality fabric and attention to detail design, so we’re sure you’ll find what’s right for you.
Sassy Tip: Not quite ready to bare all? Pair with a sarong, oversized beach hat and sunnies to stay cool and covered this summer.
OYSHO belted swimsuit available online here or in stores across Hong Kong