When shopping for these interchangeable pieces like white t-shirts or denim jeans, opt for Japanese labels instead of high-street retailers. Brands like Muji focus on perfecting classic garments rather than serving their consumers with trends that are straight off the runway. In fact, the anti-brand is known for its close attention to detail and its emphasis on good yet simple quality products that blend comfortably into people’s lives. Affordable, yet not lacking in style, and enduring — what more can you ask for?
Here’s a list of 15 basics that you can get from Muji for under $50 that will make your shopping experience guilt-free and wholly satisfying.
Gingham check shirt, S$39
This blue gingham checkered shirt is formal enough for work when you dress it up with a white pencil skirt for the office. Or go casual when you use it as a cover up on top of a white tank top paired with denim shorts during the weekend.
Go for versatile hues like blue, green and camel to liven up your wardrobe. These are colours that are so neutral, you can match them with practically any other shade. Get one with an interesting Mandarin collar like this one, to jazz it up further.
Get yourself a classic pair of beige chino pants, stat. This staple can be easily adapted to form different ensembles for the weekend. Bandeaus, billowy shirts, camisoles or even simple t-shirts are some options that can make you go from sexy to casual easily.
Invest in a pair of dark denim jeans instead of light. The darker hue is more formal (and hence can be worn on a greater variety of occasions) and timeless. Besides, they can maintain their shade better despite multiple washes. Wear this with a white shirt and a black blazer on casual Friday.