|American Apparel Sheer White Shirt ($10, Glebe Markets)|
To construct a building you must first have a foundation. Likewise, there are some closet essentials that can be built upon to fall under different styles whether it be simple and classic, bold and wacky, etc. But you don't need to offer your wallet to the heavens to do so, thrift stores are a great place to hunt for basics particularly if you're concerned about brands and quality. The white shirt is excellent to start with, whether worn on its own over denim for a casually chic outfit or over dresses to achieve a drapey, whimsical effect.
|Country Road Long Cream Cardigan ($3, Vinnies)|
|Lulu & Rose Leather Shorts ($1, Opshop)|
|Mighty Fine Graphic T Shirt ($1.45, Summerhill Anglicare)|
|Levi Skinny Jeans ($8, Salvos)|
|Witchery Striped Dress ($8, eBay)|
|Princess Highway Jumper ($6, Salvos)|
|BCBG Max Azria Cropped Blazer ($8, Salvos)|
|Sportsgirl Plaid Shirt ($2, Preston Bazaar)|
|Zara Brown Trousers ($8, Salvos)|
Well how about that? I was hoping that everything would end up under $50, but I guess that's too much of an ask haha. But basics are designed to outlast the apocalypse whilst your other clothes disintegrates. Perhaps the next post shall be designed to reveal how these can be styled, how many outfits will I generate from that I wonder? Anyway, I hope this was a valuable insight into utilising the most out of your thrift store! I know it's a long instilled fact that you should invest in your basics, but not everyone can go out and purchase jeans for $200+ (myself included). Plus, most of these items lasted the initial washing test so it would be safe to presume that they would last a ton of other washings.