I love fresh starts, so every January I inspect my wardrobe with a critical eye.

My intent is to assess my five key basic items thoroughly with the following questions:

(1) Have my dark denims faded?

(2) Is my white T-shirt still in shape?

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(3) Do my leather goods need heels, a buckle or a new zip?

(4) Does my go-to dress need repairs or does it still even fit?

(5) What is the state of my silver jewellery?

The reason why I take care of these five pieces is because these are the absolute staples of any classic wardrobe.

On any given day, no matter the occasion, these are the ones which will take you anywhere.

If you want to start building a classic wardrobe with me, these are the absolute essentials every woman needs to have:

(Spend as much as you can on leather and silver because quality will see you through many years of looking fabulous)

Lust-have essentials

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Above: Trenery gingham linen shirt dress R1 299, Woolworths; ‘Joan’ wide belt R325, Poetry; leather hobo bag R2 999, Queue Shoes and ankle strap heel R750, Woolworths.

Must-have basics


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Above: RE: cropped jeans R299, Woolworths; open wrist circle bracelet R299, Woolworths; lace T-shirt R399, Poetry and Danielle block heel sandal R599, Zoom Footwear.

What is your absolute basic wardrobe item you’ll spend money on? Underwear? A watch? Pop a comment below as we love hearing from you fabulous ones.