Capsule wardrobe, styling basics, essentials - however you name it, there’s no denying the power of a solid foundation to every wardrobe. Those hard-working pieces that pull everything together on your best - and worst! - days. The things that make you feel calmer, make mornings feel easier, and take the stress out of the decision making process. The clothes that probably grace the laundry basket simply because you get the most wear out of them. The reach for, go-to, ride or die items you’ll be wearing on repeat.
To mark the move into our new store at No. 12, we've put together our 12 must-have pieces for the season ahead and many more to come.
Start right and nail your classic denim. For generations we’ve known the wardrobe wonder that is a blue jean and these Breezy Britt’s live up to their name making things… a breeze. Think 90's vibes; cool, comfortable and effortless. The flattering straight cut is super versatile making a new outfit that works every time with whatever you pair them with, colour or black and white. Cuff with boots for a casual look, french tuck to show off the rise, or layer up to shout about the tapered ankle. Nudie for the win!
A classic white shirt
It's in the name! Dare you to try and find ways this beauty doesn't work or can't be styled. Made from organic cotton canvas, meaning it’s soft to the touch without losing its shape, the Everyday Shirt sits perfectly on all body shapes. With the unique ability to work in multiple ways, wear open over jeans and a fitted top or turtleneck, or tuck into tailored trousers for a nod to smarter styling. Something you truly will never regret owning and will fast become a treasured piece in your wardrobe thanks to it’s versatility.
You heard us, a slip dress
Kowtow • Ada Long Slip Dress • Black
Trust us with this one. We say slip dress, we know most of you say hell to the no. That want to have one in your wardrobe but the let down in the fitting room after trying on and basically being able to see all of yourself through it? Not the Ada Long Slip Dress. No real silk, just beautiful easy drape all organic cotton. It doesn't stick to you (or go static as soon as it touches knitwear!) and loves to be worn both layered and alone. Editor’s Note: Cat styled this one over the Skyline shirt with mules at our No.12 doors open event.
Your always and forever, a black biker
Dauntless • Paige Biker • Black
No introduction needed for this one. The Paige Biker is to the point, a true classic. A trusty biker jacket, made beautifully in fair conditions by some incredible women and without harming any animals. An outerwear must-have that ticks all the boxes from design to production to a place in your life. Style multiple ways through many seasons for day or evening, this baby is made to last. And we challenge you to not have a feeling yourself type walk to work on the mornings you wear this one.
Soft, investment knitwear
Jakke • Billy Jumper • Olive
Good knitwear is a cornerstone of a winter wardrobe. This season's catwalks were brimming with so many amazing styles to be inspired by, and we are proud to stock ethical, vegan alternatives to a more traditional wool. The Billy Jumper is something you’ll take care of and wear for years to come. A bonus is that they are able to be washed in the washing machine. No honey I shrunk my spenny jumper. Designed by an incredible woman in France who regularly visits India where the cotton and jumpers are made.
We've said it before...these tops really are the best around. A super sleek foundation to any outfit, wear secretly under a turtleneck or outfit with confidence layered with a jacket. Soft and elegant, this high neck Sleek Long Sleeve Top is designed for a close fit and has longer sleeves making it cosy, versatile and easy to style up or down. They don't lose shape, they don't bobble and they will never let you down. One to reach for if in doubt about what the weather will be doing that day, or when you want to feel clean and put together!
Walk this way
We have shouted about these boots before. Reordered by popular demand, the reviews from our own clients on the Editor Booties are amazing and then some. Vegan, ethically made from sustainable materials both inside and out, splash proof, not too tight at your ankle. Want more? Their clever heel height looks high but comes without the serving of pain - not one blister or sore toe. Add into the mix an all-natural cork insole with some soft padding to mean you can wear on repeat? That’ll be us all sold then.
Same but different sneakers
We know we don't have 100 styles of sneakers to choose from. But we can safely say we spent some time looking for the ultimate trainer that speaks for itself but also transforms per outfit. Who doesn't love a good compliment? Be prepared as the Good News Bagger Low will cause many. Like stepping on two tiny mattresses, made from recycled materials and organic cotton. Grab this pair for equal part cool and comfortable and wear day in day out, we guarantee you won't regret it.
A real, like they used to make them, white tee
Don't know what to wear? 9 times out of 10 a well made white t -shirt will sort you out. As Vogue's fashion feature editor, Ellie Pitchers said in her run down of how to find the perfect white tee - seek out natural fibres such as organic cotton and a great fit. Enter the Helios Tee. Created from organic and recycled cotton, this t-shirt is a classic item that won’t let you down - and won’t lose its crispness after a few washes. Dress down with denim, boots and a biker. Fashion alliteration feels pretty nice to us.
Show off or keep to yourself underwear
We are all strong believers in that no matter who you are or what your personal style is, a bra should make you feel BOTH ultra comfortable and ultra sophisticated. We’ve got two best kept secrets to share with you. Enter staff favourite, the Onyx Bra. This soft bra slips on easily without the need for fastenings yet still has adjustable straps to personalise the fit. The lace trim provides spiders web style support. You really don't feel like you are wearing a bralette. Want a bit more structure? Go for the Luna Bra. With subtle yet effective padding and a more supported feel, this timeless bra hits the romantic button whilst still giving you an every day option - whatever your mood or styling choices.
Classic, layering jewellery
When a piece of jewellery works just as well on it’s own as it does when stacked up for impact we know we’ve got a winner in our book. The Hera and Ares Hammered Bangle is just that. Hitting the sweet spot of light and easy to wear, with a slightly different look on each wearer, this hand-made piece is textured enough to feel crafted but simple enough to wear on the daily. Not into gold? Swap out for the Ellen Catherine Textured Bangle, or double up and wear one of each together for ultra modern mixed metals!
Your fail-safe pair of hoops
Locally made to our store in Edinburgh by a beyond effortlessly stylish girl (we see you, Alexandra!) who enjoys dog walks and looking after her plant babies when not making stunning jewellery. Nod to vintage but somehow modern all the same, these polished brass Half Round Hoops have super versatile colouring matching a wide range of skin tones. And it’s affordable. The perfect gift (one for them, one for me mentality) and an easy way to start shopping ethical, this is our number one tip for finishing off any outfit. You’ll feel good.
Live locally to our new store? Drop into 12, St Stephen Street if you are around or visiting Edinburgh. Not within arms reach of us? We are always here to help. Instagram is a great way to reach us with any styling, pricing, ethics or anything else questions. We love hearing from you! Or send us an email, we'll help with anything you need to know.