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Essential Basics

"Without foundations, there can be no fashion" - Christian Dior

At Bamboo Body, we aim to create luxuriously soft, stylish and sustainable bamboo clothing that is accessible to everybody. We believe that basics are the building blocks to style, and should be top priority when building your personal style. The perfect essential basic should have the following characteristics;


  1. Is versatile, and can easily be mixed and matched with other pieces.
  2. Is a neutral colour (or a colour that works well with everything else in your wardrobe. If you're a colour enthusiant, then something bright and bold may be considered your "basic").
  3. There is room for layering.
  4. Is a simple style that you can wear over and over again.
  5. Is trans seasonal, and can be carried through each season.


The optimal essential basic is one that is classic, timeless and makes you feel good. It should also be versatile and fit's seamlessly into your wardrobe. Building your personal style cannot be without the foundation pieces that you build your outfit from, which is why we have put together the ultimate book of essential basics. We promise that after this, saying 'I have nothing to wear' in the morning with dissapear from your vocabulary completely!

Below are a list of tops, pants, dresses, skirts and other additional items that are must-haves in your wardrobe. We hope you find this guide helpful to achieving your style goals!

How do you find the perfect closet essentials?

To find the perfect closet essential, you need to take a good hard look at your wardrobe and assess the current situation. If you haven't done a closet clean out in a while, now may be a good excuse to start! Analyse your wardrobe and ask yourself; what styles and silhouettes do I like the most on me? Do I prefer more relaxed fits, or fitted items? Which neckline do I like the most? Take a look at what fabrics you gravitate towards the most as well, whether that be more structured materials like denim and linen, or softer fibres such as bamboo and cotton. Once you seperate your pieces and have a proper understanding of what you do and don't like, then comes the opportunity to expand and purchase the pieces that you genuinely want and need.


Tip: make a list of everything you do in a day; work, cleaning, exercising, sleeping etc. Then, list out every type of outfit that you would need for these occasions. This will help you figure out which part of your wardrobe that you are lacking in. As long as you are clear in what you need, then it will be easier not to overspend on pieces that aren't right for you. Goodbye impulse buying!


Essential Tops and Tees

Choosing the right tops and tees for you is all about comfort and personal style. Your top is one of the foundation pieces to building your style, and it should be something you feel comfortable and confident in. Whether you need something for work, weekends or anything in between - it's important that the tops you choose seamlessly flow into anyone of these occasions in order to get the most wear out of it.


Start with an essential scoop singlet or relaxed singlet as a core layering piece. A singlet is an incredibly versatile style as you are able to wear it on its own in the summertime, or layered in the winter. For something with a little bit more chest coverage, choose a style like the shell top for a more modest approach. This piece is also a fantastic summer staple for it's UPF factor and chest coverage. It is also a sophisticated sihlouette that works well layered underneath a blazer. Remember to choose colours that suit you and your skin tone best, and that make you feel happy and comfortable.


Next, find the perfect tee for you. Again, this is all dependent on your personal style and taste. Luckily, Bamboo Body has a range of styles so you have many options to choose from.


Related: Finding the perfect white tee

Other top options that we recommend in your capsule essential basic wardrobe is something that is 3/4 sleeved. Perfect for the transeasonal period, the 3/4 top is sophisticated and stylish while still keeping you warm. The Ada boatneck top is an incredibly versatile piece, perfect for multiple occasions. A long sleeve layering top is also essential - we would recommend one in every colour! The relaxed boatneck is also a great option for someone who works from home or is after a casual yet stylish long sleeve option. And who can forget a turtleneck top - the ultimmate holy grail item in your wardrobe!

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Essential Pants

Just like your tops, pants are a foundation to any wardrobe, especially in the colder months. However, unlike tops, the same pants can be worn more often and are also washed a lot less per wear. For this reason, it is important to choose the perfect pants for you.

A pant that is a must-have in every wardrobe is a pair of good quality leggings. Often worn to run errands or to spend the day at home, our soft bamboo leggings are perfect for those situations where you just want to feel ultimate comfort. Our leggings can even be used for slow movement activewear, making them the perfect versatile pant in your wardrobe.

When you are looking for something a bit more elevated and perhaps work appropriate, choose something like the eva or essential pant. These two can be styled up or down, and work well with any of the tops listed above! The best capsule wardrobe full of essential basics is one you can mix and match to make as many outfits as possible.

If you are looking for something for the cooler winter season a trackpant is the perfect option for you. With a fleece lining it is the perfect winter staple. it is important in these months to choose something that has quality to it as you will be wearing these items on repeat all season long. When you are looking for something for the warmer season that is stylish and sophisticated, we love the culottes. Or perhaps, in the extreme heat or opt for the woven shorts.


Style Tip: When building your outfit, start with your pant instead of your top. This exercise actually makes the process of building an outfit much easier. Give it a try and see how you go!


Just these 9 tops and 6 pants alone will cover you all year long from season to season. These are soft, stylish and sustainable options that are easy to style and are so comfortable.

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Essential Skirts

Skirts are another foundation piece in your wardrobe that will be on heavy rotation throughout the year. The best thing about skirts is that they can easily transformed for any occasion with the right accessories and accompanying shirt and shoes. These 3 skirts below are a perfect example - and will be able to take you from work, weekends and everything in between. Swap out the top for a different look, and play around with different jewellery to match your aesthetic.

Essential Dresses

When it comes to the dresses in your wardrobe, it is important to find styles and sihlouettes that are tailored to your own personal style. Dresses are an easy and sophisticated way to elevate an outfit, and can be done so with accessories. Swap your sandals for heels for a more elevated affair, or tone down your look with a cardi and a simple necklace. In the colder months, pair your dress with some soft leggings or tights, and layer layer layer! The possibities are endless.

Bamboo T-Shirt Dress - Black

Outerwear Essentials

Don't forget your outerwear! Even the summer sometimes calls for a ligthweight shawl or cardi so this piece again will be on heavy rotation all year round! Our cardis are incredibly versatile, and we recommend opting for a colour that suits the majority of your wardrobe. Outerwear is an essential for all seasons, and these versatile styles make it the optimal essential basics for your wardrobe. Luckily, our cardis come in a large range of colours so once you find your go-to, you may need more than 1!


Related: The Science To Colour Matching Clothing


Don't forget your undergarments! Finding the right underwear is essential when it comes to your capsule wardrobe. you want something that is comfortable, breathable and moisture wicking. Bamboo underwear is an incredibly soft, safe and sustainable alternative to other underwear! Studies show that bamboo clothing is more breathable than cotton. Our underwear has a light and silky texture with the ability to stretch and return to its original size. People with skin sensitivities such as eczema and psoriasis report that our bamboo clothing does not irritate their skin like most other fabrics. Learn more about our bamboo underwear and it's amazing benefits here.

Waterfall Cardigan

At Bamboo Body, we are big believers in owning the right essential basics suitable for all occasions. Bamboo Body clothing styles have been designed with comfort in mind. Many of our stylish essentials feature soft, fabric waistbands free from zips, cords and elastic. We have a wide range of relaxed and fitted tops, dresses, pants and pyjamas so you can find styles that are comfortable for you! If you need tips and tricks on styling your new Bamboo Body pieces, check out our other guides below, or head to our blog.

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