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elevated basics

by Tors Innes

If you are looking to build a wardrobe full of elevated basics, then this guide is for you!

Elevated basics are the foundational pieces you need to build a wardrobe that mixes and matches effortlessly, creating many different outfit combinations. These elevated basics are always made with exceptional quality so they last season to season. As well as being made with quality fabrics, the way they are designed is more considered and artful. These pieces always look chic no matter how long you have had them. I know it’s hard to find these types of elevated basics on your own, so I’ve put together a guide for each category, including some ideas you can SHOP RIGHT NOW!

elevated basics

1. Your Lingerie

When was the last time you had a fitting for a bra? Probably over a year ago I suspect. I understand lingerie is something that is not seen on the outside, but it is one of the most essential ‘tools’ needed to bring an outfit to life. If you have not been for a fitting lately, I advise you book yourself in. If you live in Melbourne my go-to bra fitters are French Bikini they have a luxurious range of lingerie for small to bigger busted ladies. @french.bikini.lingerie The perfectly fitting bra creates a beautiful line under your clothing lifting your boobs and balancing out your proportions to provide the perfect foundation for your outfit.

2. Your T-shirt

An elevated, great quality tee is perfect for layering, no matter the season. I love layering pieces to add interest and depth to an outfit.

A classic white tee and a selection of neutral colours can be worn with blazers to instantly amp up your everyday look.

To keep those tees white, check the label first.

If it’s safe to do so, soak your white tee in bleach before running through on a regular cycle.

3. Jeans

Shopping for jeans can be a rather challenging time, no matter your shape and size.

It’s hard to know whether the pair you’re trying on suits you, especially when you’re in a change room on your own without the full outfit on.

Having a blue and black pair of jeans in the wardrobe works well for mixing and matching to make different looks for casual to more formal.

A pair of black jeans is always going to look dressy. It’s like a black pair of classic pants and goes with everything.

Mid blue jeans tend to look more casual but if you add a great blazer or coat to it and it elevates the denim or tuck in a silk shirt and again elevation.


It really does come back to how you style it and what pieces you wear with it. Don’t be scared to accessorise!


When in the fitting room take a breath…… have a pile of different jean styles to try.


Also have a couple of different sizes in styles as you may fluctuate in size depending on brand. Remember it is not the number on the size label it is how they fit, look and make you feel.


Always purchase a firmer fit jean as they will stretch with wear. See where the waist sits – if you are short waisted go for a mid-rise or lower rise this will lengthen your torso. AG are good for this. If you are long waisted go for high waisted as this will help your waist to look shorter than it is and balance out your body. Levis Ribcage and Wedgie jeans are a great place to start for high rise.


You want to create a soft silhouette that the eye runs over harmoniously. If you have big hips and/or big thighs don’t go for supper tight skinny jeans that hug your ankle as this will accentuate your hips and thighs. You want to add softness into your silhouette. A slim fit would work better.

Try a thin roll at the hem a couple of times the width of the hem is a good width. It can elevate the jean and finish of the look.

If it doesn’t feel right don’t buy it as you will never wear them. When you find a great jean buy multiples and in different colours. Tip: different washes will fit slightly different so be sure to try before you buy.

4. Knitwear

Investing in good quality knitwear really is worth it.

 Cashmere is the queen of elevated knit fabrics, but it comes with a high price tag.

The reason it’s so expensive is because it comes from the cashmere goat. The cashmere undercoat of the goat is super soft and only produces a small amount per goat. Cashmere will last years without looking shabby but you do need to look after it.

My suggestion is to build your knitwear collections slowly, by investing in one piece each season, looking for classic cuts in neutral colours you can layer throughout the year.

5. Sneakers

These shoes are so versatile and can be worn as a casual or formal look based on how you style them.

Leather will always look elevated as it has structure and is durable as well.

Look for something where the sole is not too thin. A little elevation can help with posture too. It’s like when you wear something with a bit of a heel as opposed to thongs. 

Keep them clean. Lighter colours will look dirtier quicker – fabric will dirty quicker than leather. Always spray protectant on them to keep them looking sharp.

There are so many different styles of sneakers out there. Look for sneakers with interesting detail or branding or even the way they use colour.

New Balance are doing some fun sneakers and Veja always look good not only do they have a great ethos but the design is great too.

For something a bit more fun Radical Yes have some fabulous colours and designs that are more elevated.

6. Jackets

The hardest working item in your wardrobe must be the blazer.

By adding a blazer to an outfit it instantly elevates any look, so we need to have something that stands the test of time.

Depending on your body silhouette, you’ll want to look for an exceptionally well made, high quality fabric blazer in the cut that balances your proportions.

I know the whole oversized blazer thing is in at the moment, but seriously how many people can really pull it off??? Definitely not me😜

A denim jacket is also a great, hardworking staple as you can wear it over jeans, dresses and skirts.

You can layer it in winter under a blazer and knit,, or pop it over a dress for summer. It’s your trans seasonal piece which means it will be worn all year round, So, we need something in a chic, quality, classic style.

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