Dr. Style: Back to Basics

Merriam-Webster defines basic as “forming or relating to the most important part of something”, while urban dictionary defines it as “an adjective used to describe any person, place, activity involving obscenely obvious behavior, dress, action”. In fashion, I would say both these definitions apply, and not necessarily in a bad way. Typical basic style could come off as cheap, but elevated basic fashion should be sophisticated. This week Dr. Style answers all your burning basic questions because let's be honest, less is more. 


Q: What is the latest “basic” look?

A: A lot of people around Montreal, specifically McGill, have been wearing this outfit—primarily a combination of various basics since minimalism, plus a tad of athletic, is all the rage. The basic formula = long pea coat (most likely from Zara) + turtle neck + dark ripped jeans (rolled up, of course) + beanie + white adidas + backpack. Congratulations, you’re officially a basic b**ch!

Sweater: Stella McCartney; Beanie: Nelly; Coat: Zara; Denim: River Island; Sneakers: Adidas; Backpack: Maykool

Q: What are essentials for every wardrobe?

A: Every fashion magazine on the planet has published an article on top 10 basic wardrobe items, but I’m going to give you my version of basics (whether they are original or not is debatable… maybe I’m just really basic, guys).

Cardigan: Rebecca Minkoff; Denim: 7 For All Mankind; Bralette: For Love and Lemons; Denim Jacket: J Crew; Dress: Motel Rocks; Sweater: Madewell; Leggings: Stella McCartney; Sneakers: Converse; White Tee: Rag & Bone; Flannel: Uniqlo; Boots: Doc Martens

Q: What makes a quality basic?

A: When searching for basics that will last you a lifetime, look for good fits and quality fabrics. Some assume that buying basics at a cheaper price is the best option, but I think investing in a really good t-shirt or a beautiful pair of denim is worth the extra dollars. This means stay away from the Forever 21 denim selection. I know the prices look good on your receipt, but they probably sag in all the wrong places or rip after a month or so.


Q: How should I spice up my basics?

A: A great way to be basic without being basic (ha) is to add a pop of somethin’, somethin’. Try a statement jewelry piece or a bold lip.


Q: What are some beauty essentials?

A: Every lady should have a solid foundation, concealer, liquid black eyeliner, waterproof mascara, blush, and red and nude lipstick.


Doctor’s Orders:

Reinvent your basics! This Man Repeller article shows fun ways to spice up your basics when you get bored of them. They demonstrate how to fashionably wear a skirt over pants and how to sneakily wear your stable shirt backwards. 

I hope these answers have been helpful to all you fashionistas out there! Tune in biweekly for more Dr. Style articles answering any style and beauty questions. 

Stay healthy. Stay gorgeous. 


Dr. Style


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