Basic Wardrobe – Tops

As Mr DaVinci once said :

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication”

And in my opinion, this applies to literally everything. As of late, I have noticed that most people try to complicate their lives/fashion choices/houses in order to make themselves seem more interesting. But in my optic, simplicity stands out when the crowd tries to its hardest to be interesting.

Therefore, these past 6 months I have started to live my life in a “minimalistic” sort of way, starting from my fashion choices. I have had my colourful periods, but I started to prefer neutral themes this past year, which means I get more wear out of clothes since neutrals can be combined any way you want.

So I have made a fashion checklist, where I decided what are the items I have to own; a solid base for my future purchases. I have divided this checklist in 6 : tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, accessories and shoes. Let’s start with tops, and in the future weeks/months I will post about the other categories, with a few special ones, like lingerie and fitness apparel.

Tops

I have divided this category in more subcategories.

First, we have bodysuits, a staple in my wardrobe. I find them to be super comfortable, practical and they are usually form fitting, therefore flattering. You can wear them with body con skirts or jeans, or even with joggers. Always on point. You can start by buying two : one black and the other white, with simple necklines. I also recommend getting a long sleeved one.

Here we have a black long-sleeved bodysuit from Tfnc and a white one from Boohoo.
Here we have a black long-sleeved bodysuit from Tfnc and a white one from Boohoo.

Then we have t-shirts. Simple and classic. Again, I recommend getting one black and the other white, but if you can, throw a nude coloured or tan one in the mix, it will come in handy. Try to get them as basic as it gets, not too long, not crop tops either and without weird necklines.

The black one is from Vince. , the tan one from Miss Selfridge and the white one from Weekday.
The black one is from Vince. , the tan one from Miss Selfridge and the white one from Weekday.

You can add some blouses if you want, but they are not really necessary. Maybe just one for more formal or business-like occasions. Again, black or white.

The first one is from Vero Moda and the second one is from Choies.
The first one is from Vero Moda and the second one is from Choies.

One subcategory, which is not really necessary, is crop tops. They are enjoying a lot of popularity as of late, and they are probably going to be around for a while, so if you feel like getting one, go ahead.

The grey one is from Topshop, the white one is from Glamorous.com, the black one is branded River Island and the tan one is from Kookai.
The grey one is from Topshop, the white one is from Glamorous.com, the black one is branded River Island and the tan one is from Kookai.

We can now move on to sweaters. Here you are a bit more free : fitted or loose, turtleneck or v shaped, your choice; any look good.

The black one is a basic turtleneck from Vila at Lipsy, the tan one is from Topshop and the white one is from Goodnight Macaroon
The black one is a basic turtleneck from Vila at Lipsy, the tan one is from Topshop and the white one is from Goodnight Macaroon

This is all for tops.

I will update as soon as possible.

xx

When in Rome…take pictures

Before school seriously started, me and my best friend decided to go to Rome, specifically to the Vatican, aka St. Peter’s Basilica. For anyone who’s been there, you know that it is madness any time of the year; tourism in Rome never rests.

We arrived in Rome, at Termini station (the main train and bus station in central Rome), and then we took the bus number 64, which takes you to the main tourist attraction in the city, which means that it left us directly in front of the Basilica (or almost; we just had to turn a corner). Although not being Rome natives or habituées, we managed (me, more than my best friend…) to arrive there quite quickly with : 1. the use of my sense of direction and 2. the use of an amazing app called “Moovit”. It can be used in any big city in Europe and some in other continents and it is a life-saver. It tells you what form of transportation to get and it also tells you when it leaves and from where. It’s the best.

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(Making a fool of myself / Being a diva, as per usual)

The queue was pretty much equivalent to the whole circumference of the whole square of the Basilica, but it moved fairly quickly. In the meantime I got hit on by an Irish tour guide, who left me and my best friend dumbfounded (he was way too old for me).

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(Most photos are courtesy of my best friend. Find her at http://valentinajoka.tumblr.com)

If you are considering visiting the Basilica, you must follow certain rules regarding your clothes. Your pants/skirt must be past your knees, and your chest/stomach/shoulders must be covered, otherwise they won’t let you in.

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As soon as you get inside, you feel an atmosphere of sacrality that you can rarely find anywhere else, and trust me when I say this, since I am an atheist and I only went there for the art. Pictures aren’t forbidden, but you mustn’t use flash. As long as you speak quietly and respect everyone around you, you’ll be okay. My best friend and I had mini photoshoots inside the Basilica and no one said anything, so don’t judge us.

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After seeing each and every work of art in the Basilica, we decided to go to the train station by foot…note this : don’t wear Converse if you decide to be as naive as us. We went across one of the many bridges that unites the two sides of the river Tiber and I decided that I wanted a picture. My friend thought that I was just going to prop myself by the “railing” , but no, I jumped to sit on it and my friend almost had a heart attack. But the picture came out nice.

Then our trip came to an end. I hope you liked this post and I’m sorry that I haven’t posted as often as I hoped I would, but life and school got in the way. Either way, I hope you’ll stick by me for many more posts to come.

xx