Fashion Essentials: 5 Things Every Fashion Editor Owns

Sometimes it’s hard to know which fashion essentials you should invest in.

Our fashion editor, Nastassja, has more than a keen eye for fashion and creative flair – she’s also armed with some wardrobe-saving basics!

Take a look at Nastassja’s fashion fixes for every shape

Even the savviest dresser is stuck sometimes, spending what seems like hours trying to figure out what to wear! The secret, however, is having fail-safe options that you can rely on to make you feel like a million bucks and have your confidence levels soar.

Here are our fashion editor’s go-to pieces for an instant style boost.

Good underwear

Looking good in your clothing really starts with your underwear.

A simple t-shirt bra is discreet and a must-have for everyday wear. If you’re looking for a lift, choose a style with underwire support. Opt for cotton panties with a slightly high waist – great for subtle shaping and comfort.

And when you need extra slimming for that fitted dress, get out the shaper!


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Bras, R199 for set of two, 32A to 40DD

Shaper, R350, 8 to 18, all Woolworths

Briefs, R140 for set of three, XS to XL

A classic shirt

Most must-have lists contain a white shirt, but it may not be your preference. Any colour you look and feel great in will do, as long as it’s versatile. A classic piece will work no matter the season, is perfect for layering, and instantly smartens a look.

Dress it up with a skirt and heels for the evening, add sophisticated edge to jeans and trainers, or layer under a sleeveless shift dress.

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Shirt, R129, 30 to 40, Mr Price

Wear-with-anything sneakers

Comfy shoes are the buy of the moment, and we don’t think this trend going to go away any time soon.

Trainers are the go-to shoes for everyone in the know. Choose a simple and sleek pair of sneakers and wear them with absolutely everything. Yes, even skirts and dresses.

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Sneakers, R1 899, Adidas

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Statement jewellery

Need to instantly turn a simple outfit into something more glamorous? Go for statement jewellery – it requires zero effort and you will be super stylish. These statement earrings will have you party-ready in seconds.

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Earrings, R179, H&M

Fun jeans

A pair of fun jeans, be it stone-washed, ripped or embellished, means you can get dressed with very little effort and still look stylish. Just pair with a simple t-shirt!

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R629, 2 to 14, Zara

By fashion editor Nastassja Petersen

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