Taking Pleasure in Great Basics ( & #Passion4Fashion Link-up)

 This is something I’ve covered before (I think.. either that or it was a real life conversation.. I get the two confused, my memory is so confudled of late.. summer holiday madness maybe), I am a jeans and Tee girl at heart, and as the years are going on I am learning that it isn’t a bad thing to love the basics, ‘cos the ‘Basics’ can be pretty great!
This outfit is made up of such simple pieces but they are all greats in my mind.
It’s the kind of outfit where I feel I can pretty much do anything; Work, shopping, run around after the kids, go out for a little drink.. All completely do-able in this outfit. It just works for me, and when something works then it surely can’t be a bad thing?
I find it helps if the basics are particularly nice  items, that have longevity and will work with a number of outfits.
This outfit, though it may be simple, is made up of some pretty great pieces:

The Shoes are from a lovely British Brand called Love Taylor Blake, which is run by two gorgeous #girlboss ladies named  Emily & Tracey. As soon as I saw these beauties on their Instagram  I knew they would be the perfect all rounder shoe. I went for the Gold Lora as it just screamed Chanel-chic-classic to me.. And boy oh boy are they comfy.
This is the type of shoe that is a sheer joy to wear, and will be worn so much through Autumn (I’m thinking Breton Stripes, classic trench, black cigerette trousers and these shoes.. Perfect right?).
Plus I absolutely love supporting independent, women run businesses. These girls are so lovely, their brand is fantastic and I highly recommend the product.

Jeans, oh I have had trouble with jeans of late. Having lost some weight (read about how here) I was left with about 4 pairs of really ill-fitting jeans that when I wore them made me feel like a sloppy mess, I mean, if I wanna feel like that I’ll just where my scruffy joggers, y’know? When I don a pair of jeans I want them to look nice. So i took the plunge and bought the Topshop high waisted Jamie Jeans and oh how I freakin’ LOVE them. They are super skinny, which funnily enough that’s what I want in a skinny jean, but they have a good stretch, but they aren’t saggy by the end of the day. I really like them and will definitely buy another pair for my Autumn Capsule (which i may or may not be already thinking about.. I blame this non-British Summer)

Again another new to me British Brand Iolla, but they make gorgeous modern Sunnies with your prescription. As a person with TERRIBLE vision, this is fab news. Most of the prescription sunglasses I’ve ever bought were all pretty rubbish if I’m honest; the frames just weren’t right for sunglasses and they made me look a bit naff. But Iolla’s offerings are fantastic (and practical.. yay for being able to see!). I went for The Bell frame in black with a green tint.. I wore them all weekend (when the sun was out.. yeh life was good) and they are the comfiest frames.

Sounds like an old lady thing to say, but I love a nice cardi. Y’know sometimes when you don’t want a jacket but something just as a light cover up, well cardi’s are my favourite. Cardigans are my friends.
And this one has been worn a ridiculous amount of times this summer, and i still love it.It’s sold out now, but cream maxi cardi.. You are awesome!!

Outfit Deets
Cardigan: Warehouse
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Love Taylor Blake
Sunglasses: Iolla
Bag: House of Fraser
Vest Top: Matalan
Necklace: Yosa

Do you have any Great Basics that you love?

Ps: Sorry this is late.. summer holiday madness!

Also If you fancy a gander at my latest Youtube video where I’m rambling about going to the toilet (its true) and other bodily functions (gas and such ) then I’d love you to come and have a watch here.. to put it in to context read here

An InLinkz Link-up


  1. July 29, 2016 / 8:20 am

    These basics are wonderful and you look great! I would love to have your cardigan.

  2. July 29, 2016 / 9:00 am

    I love, love, love this maxi cardigan! I share your love for them and that does not make us old ladies! 😉 Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  3. July 29, 2016 / 9:36 am

    Love this look!! And esp that long cardi- you styled it perfectly

  4. July 29, 2016 / 10:59 am

    Can never ever go wrong with the sweet basics! You look gorgeous as can be and may your weekend be all things lovely!

  5. July 29, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Rachel, it is the perfect formula for a perfectly put together look. It actually makes me laugh when my friends comment that I am always so put together and "dressed up" but I am usually wearing "just jeans and a tee shirt"! I try to explain to them that it is all in the accessories and so easy to do. You look fabulous in this outfit!


  6. July 29, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    I love classic basics like these. That duster cardigan is fabulous, as are your jeans!

  7. July 29, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    I love classic basics like these. That duster cardigan is fabulous, as are your jeans!

  8. July 29, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    Hi Rachael
    I loved reading about your finds, very adorbale flats, the sunglasses are so cool and love the high waisted jean on you; I always wished I could wear any pair of sunglasses too, but
    found a place for fashionable eyewear. Yours look great !
    jess xx

  9. August 1, 2016 / 7:50 am

    I love your basics style. It is actually really great to go back to the basics because they will never go out of style.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

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