Basics

Let’s be honest: while we all love shopping for those extravagant, one-of-a-kind statement pieces, in everyday life we’ll most likely reach for just a couple of our favorite basic, proven items. That one great fitting jeans that makes your bottom look all nice and round, that perfect nude pump that elongates your legs and goes with everything, that comfy white tee you bought like 5 years ago that still doesn’t show any signs of wear. Now basics might not be the most exciting things to shop for, but they’re crucially important for the versatility and combinability of your wardrobe. While recently browsing the newest arrivals at Joe’s Jeans online, I noticed they have a great selection of simple but beautiful basics to offer, so I picked out my favorites to share with you. And while we’re on the subject of Joe’s, have you already heard about their new #HELLO jeans? It’s the first jeans that charges your iPhone on the go. Awesome idea, right? What technology can accomplish these days.

Wardrobe Basics - Mix & Match with Joe's Jeans

Go Shopping:

  1. Joe’s “Isla” Tie Front Tank Toppjx, $48
  2. Joe’s “Willet” Straw Hatpjx, $87.50
  3. Joe’s “Gong” Pointed-Toe Pumpspjx, $135
  4. Joe’s #HELLO Mid Rise Skinny Jeanspjx, $189
  5. Joe’s “Charlie” High Rise Rolled Denim Shortspjx, $145
  6. Joe’s “Billie” Distressed Slim Boyfriend Jeanspjx, $225
  7. Joe’s Box Chain Clutch Bagpjx, $225
  8. Joe’s “Inquire” Flat T-Strap Sandalspjx, $99
  9. Joe’s Delicate Pavé X Ringpjx, $132
  10. Joe’s Cashmere-Blend Summer Scarfpjx, $78

Image source(s): Joe’s Jeans

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‘Tis the season of the trench. One of the classic essentials to every stylish girl’s wardrobe, this must-have is a safe return on investment. You can wear it on any occasion; from going out over a cocktail dress or with jeans and a feminine blouse on a hot date. It will take you from the airport to an elegant dinner, and you’ll look just as chic. For a piece like this, it’s really important to look for quality. And quality is something the iconic Burberry Trench has, but spending over a thousand dollars isn’t the only way to invest. Take a look at our other option below.

Burberry Double Breasted Long Cotton Trench Coat in beige

Burberry Double Breasted Long Cotton Trench Coat
($1.395, Burberry)

P.S.: A very similar version is available at NET-A-PORTERls for $1.095.

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Mango Double Breasted Trench

Lucky for those of us who are on a budget, great quality can be found at an awesome price – if you know where to look. This gorgeously tailored trench by Mango, pays homage to the original silhouette and close attention to detail with its tortoiseshell buttons and flattering seams (in all the right places). Ladies without trenches, at $159.99, this is surely a wise addition to your closet.

Mango Double Breasted Trench in beige (Burberry knockoff)

Mango Double Breasted Trenchls
($159.99/£89.99, Mango)

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Update: This post has been updated on January 30, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

Alright, let’s just get right down to it, shall we? Everybody needs a trench in their closet. Everyone. That means you. I wasn’t a believer until I started wearing one myself, but I am here to tell you that they go with everything. They look simple and chic over jeans and classic and sexy over dresses. They can be worn over sweaters in the cooler months and worn over tanks in the warmer months. They are versatile and timeless, sophisticated and demure. Need I say more? Of course, there are tons of trenches out there and like pizza, despite what some people say, not every slice (or trench) is made equal. This Burberry Double Breasted Trench is probably about as good as it gets. Exquisitely cut with just enough detailing, I’m going to out on a limb here and say this could be the trench to end all trenches. But excuse me while I wipe away a tear… this coat retails for over $1.000.

Burberry Double Breasted Trench Coat in stone

Burberry Double Breasted Trench Coat
($1.095, Burberry)

Wallis Belted Trench

UPDATE (01/30/2011): Happened to find another great Burberry trench alternative. This one’s by Wallis and it’s currently on sale for very affordable $88. Use promo code “WAL15” for 15% OFF + free delivery.

Wallis Belted Trench in grey (Burberry knockoff)

Wallis Belted Trenchls
($88, Wallis)

ASOS Double Breasted Mac

Folks, just so you know, we rushed to get this post up because we are that certain that this trench will sell out. Another thing you should probably be aware of, is that I actually placed my own order for this coat before sitting down to write this entry. Yes, I was scared you all would buy out all the stock. We’ve got the same great detailing, the slant pockets and great cut. This coat is also available in red, but I’m all about the stone color.

ASOS Double Breasted Mac in stone (Burberry knockoff)

ASOS Double Breasted Macls
($84.55, ASOS)

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