Style essentials every twenty-something should own!


If you've ever looked in your wardrobe and thought, "I have absolutely nothing to wear," you're one of the many Irish girls that's victim to the No Basics Syndrome.

Unlike our European counterparts, many Irish ladies shop purely for trends, skipping out on solid classic pieces like good jeans, a plain white t-shirt and a goes-with-everything blazer.

Next time you hit the shops, why not update your style with some of these key essentials?

1. A good bra
Forget what you're wearing on top, a well-fitted bra is the basis of any flattering outfit. Get yourself to one of the bigger department stores or a specialist lingerie shop for a proper fitting, and stock up on comfortable t-shirt bras – not just sexy lace ones!

Black wing t-shirt bra, Debehams, €24,80

2. A striped Breton top
Classic navy or black stripes on a white background is the stylish woman's go-to print. Dress it up a blazer and blingin' gold jewellery for evenings or wear with skinnies and flats for a daytime look.

Striped top, H&M, €9.99

3. A cocktail dress
A well-tailored dress works for weddings, dinners, work nights out and everything in between. If you can't find one that fits perfectly, don't be afraid to get it altered – it'll make all the difference!

Printed dress, French Connection, €119

4. A great pair of jeans
Whatever your favourite style of jean, it's worth splashing out on a pair that won't sag, that are the right length and that fit you comfortably at the waist. It's never fun trying on twenty different pairs of jeans but it'll be worth it when you find the perfect pair!

Lana Superskinny Jeans, River Island, €35

5. An LBD
What wardrobe is complete without a simple black dress? Perfect for last minute events!

Elle Curved Seamed Skater Dress, Oasis, €69

6. A black blazer
Throw it over a dress, jeans or pretty much anything for a really put-together look.

Collarless blazer, New Look, €29.99

7. A pair of heels you can walk in
Hobbling into that interview isn't going to get you your dream job – every twenty-something needs a pair of gorgeous heels that she can actually stroll around in for more than five minutes at a time.

Gabby Two Part Court, €73, Office

8. A killer pair of stilettos
What's life without a bit of glamour? Just as much as you need those comfortable shoes, you also can't get away without having at least one sky-high pair of heels for those nights when your outfit just needs that little extra something!

Rara High Sandals, €85, Topshop