January 03, 2015

IT'S A WRAP: NOT-SO-BASIC BASICS


When shopping on a shoestring budget, the best way to stretch your wardrobe is to invest in not-so-basic basics. Let us explain. Basics are your good ol' plain white t's, your LBDs and your run-of-the-mill cut off denim. But when you're short on change or even if you want to be savvy and make the most of your pieces, a cut out or even an exposed zipper can take your wardrobe staple of a white t to the next level. Having a handful of not-so-basic basics can help to spice up your outfits and create the illusion of a well thought out look on those I-couldn't-care-less days.
 
We picked up some not-so-basic basics from Oasap which we are excited about. We were happy with the quality, but were again disappointed with the time it took for the package to arrive on our doorsteps. We put our order in in November, but only received it a few days before Christmas. So if you're ordering for a special occasion or as a gift, keep this in mind.
 
*TOP: Oasap / *SHORTS: Oasap / NECKLACE: Equip / RING: Lovisa / SHOES: Rubi
 
 
 

 
As students, comfort and ease is the key to our outfits when we've got a full day of uni. When we're running between classes, we don't have time to catch a glimpse in the mirror and make adjustments to what we're wearing, and we have even less brain juice to think about anything else besides textbook readings and deadlines. So when we spotted this grey shirt on Oasap, we knew it would come in handy. The top is deceivingly simple, but do a 180, and you'll see that the back is criss-crossed. Something like this is perfect for throwing over a pair of shorts or jeans for a quick chic look.
 
 
 


The good thing about not-so-basic basics are that they require less styling and accessorising than your standard basic pieces. You can either go big and whip on a statement necklace, an armful of bracelets and stack of your favourite rings, or you can keep it minimal like we did.


These quilted shorts are the perfect alternative to the standard black shorts we all have sitting in our cupboards. It's subtle enough to be a versatile piece that can be paired with anything you throw at it, but it's also fancy enough to have others doubling back for a second look. These shorts are incredibly soft and comfy, which again is key for us, but the fabric is slightly thicker than we had anticipated. These shorts are boxy, so if you prefer your bottoms to be more tailored and form fitting, they probably aren't for you.
 
 
 

Where do you shop for your basics or you not-so basic basics?

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♥ M + K
 
DISCLAIMER: Products marked with a * were kindly sent to us for consideration, but as always, our reviews and opinions are honest ones.

50 comments:

  1. I love your whole outfit! Your simple jewelry really makes it ♥
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

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    1. Thanks Amy! We really wanted the top and shorts to be the stars, so we kept the accessorising to a minimum :)

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  2. So cute!!
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  3. I love that top, I love the detailing and it's such a good price!

    www.studdedkisses.co.uk

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    1. Isn't it?! For the quality, the prcie is amazing :)

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  4. what a nice effect!! Lovely pictures!

    Have a good 2015!!
    Rosa
    Styleyourselfinstyle.blogspot.com

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  5. I realized I had not so basic basics and also not much basics at all, which I'm attempting to change for this year but I'll guess for in store shopping it would be Zara or Mango, and online ASOS, Shopbop with great discounts and wherever else I could find something that I'll find fitting, comfy and stylish enough for me :)

    Lu | Ankalli by Lu

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    1. Basics and not so basic basics are the perfect way to stretch your wardrobe and save a little ka-ching! There are so many shops out there, but Zara, Mango and ASOS are definitelty up there with our picks too :)

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  6. Absolutely love that top! and great match with the shorts! :)
    TiffanyC x
    www.fromyourstruly.co.uk

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    1. We knew these two pieces would look amazing together when we saw them on the website! We'll definitely be wearing this combo a lot!

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  7. LOVE the outfit! Definitely love the shirt!

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    1. Thanks Evelyn! We don't think we'll be taking off this top for day :)

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  8. Love this outfit! Its so cute! xx

    Jane at Colorful Closets

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  9. I definitely agree about the not-so-basic basic. It changes up an outfit. Little elements like that are great; which is also coincidentally why accessories are so important (and I need to employ them more often I think).

    Elleosophy

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    1. That's why we love them. They stretch your wardrobe and are perfect for those lazy days when you want to look like you've put more effort into your outfit than you really have!

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  10. Amazing outfit! Loving the details on the top and shorts! Happy New Year! =D

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    Jessica

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    1. HAPPY NEW YEAR JESSICA!! We're glad you love this outfit as much as we do!

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  11. lovely outfit!

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  12. Love that top. I'll be on the look out for some not so basic basics. (;

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  13. I love not-so-basic-basics! They're my favorite! The back of that top is amazing!

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    1. We are seriously thinking of picking up the top in the other colours!

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  14. Beautiful!
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    1. Thanks girls! We love them to bits and have been wearing them quite often :)

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  16. All of these pieces are really cute. I like the unexpected back of the top and the shorts and shoes texture makes them feel more expensive. Looks perfect on you.

    Deedee

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    1. SO do we! It was the main reason why we picked them up. As for the shorts, the quilted detailing definitely gives it a more expensive feel :)

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  17. its so cute and simple, I love it

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    xx
    Tyana
    theluxedition.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Tyana! We love that the top is deceivingly simple, but when you turn around...

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  18. That outfit is gorgeous! Loving that top, may have to get one myself.

    Chel xx
    dareinb.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha you should! It comes in white and black as well

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  19. love the top! you look so pretty! x x x

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  20. Great post ! You look so pretty !
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  21. I love your dress sense - it's to die for, honestly! So glad I came to your blog, you are gorgeous haha :) x

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    1. Aww that's always nice to here! Thank you

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  22. Thanks for dropping by the blog girls! I used to have a top just like it and I wore it to death until it fell apart! Cool look.

    Tiff | AMtoPM

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    1. That's probably what we'll be doing with this one!

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  23. i've purchased from stores like OASAP before but the quality is very hit or miss. mostly i try and not do too much of that b/c i often regret it but these look really good!


    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. We 100% agree. We've had our disasters too, but we find looking at the pictures uploaded by other buyers before purchasing a particular piece is the best way to go about it

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  24. I love basic outfits! Perfect for lazy days at Uni. I like how the details on the shorts give the whole outfit an interest. I shop my basics on Sheinside most of the time - great clothing quality for such low prices!

    Vivi Lien

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    1. Uni days are lazy days for us when it comes to clothing!

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  25. So cute! I love the twist in the back. Will be copying this look!

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    1. Haha! Make sure you tweet us a pic/tag us so we can see how it turns out :)

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