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Best ASOS Basics 2023 – 11 Essential Pieces For Your Capsule Wardrobe

You won't regret buying these.

Last Updated on September 22, 2023

Looking for the best ASOS basics ahead of the new season? There are few essentials that make up any capsule wardrobe, like good jeans, a simple white T-shirt, black boots and white trainers, and ASOS has them all. If you’re anything like me you’ll prefer buying the fun, colourful and extravagant pieces, but I’ve learnt that basics are well worth investing in as they provide a solid foundation and offer endless styling possibilities.

If you’re wondering what counts as a basic, it’s likely to be an item that never goes out of fashion. They’re not likely to appear on any trend reports, but they can be worn year after year without losing their appeal. They often have neutral colour palettes and simple silhouettes, so use them as a canvas to complement statement pieces.

It’s worth spending a little more on these too as they’ll require fewer updates – especially considering how often you’ll wear them. How often have you worn a simple tee lately? Do your trainers get more wear than any other shoes? I rest my case.

ASOS Basics offer a wide range of denim options, including skinny, straight-leg, and high-waisted jeans, as well as shoes, tees, shirts and knits. So let me share my personal favourites, which I hope you’ll find useful.

Next, take a look at our AW23 trend report and learn about the trends you can wear these with, and check out these new shoes that are perfect for autumn winter.

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What is basic clothing?

A basic clothing item is a simple piece typically characterized by its color and cut/structure. They provide the design and versatility needed to create a wide range of looks and serve as the foundational layer of an outfit. They can be easily mixed and matched with various other pieces, which is why they’re essential.

Why are basic clothes important?

Basic clothes effortlessly complement and enhance other standout pieces. They are the backbone of your outfit choices, allowing you to create cohesive and stylish ensembles.

What are staple pieces?

Staple pieces are timeless and classic items that never go out of style. These versatile garments form the foundation of a well-rounded wardrobe. Whether it’s a well-fitted white t-shirt, a classic pair of jeans, or a high-quality blazer, these staple pieces are the building blocks of a fashionable and functional wardrobe.

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Sock boots

Recipe chunky sock boots in black

Recipe chunky sock boots in black, £38, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

ASOS’ chunky sock boots will go with absolutely everything, from a cute dress to a jeans and tee outfit. Consider investing in one pair of winter boots that will see you through the season.

Straight jeans

Petite 90's straight jeans in mid blue from ASOS

Petite 90’s straight jeans in mid blue, now £20, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

There’s a place for baggy jeans, but if you’re looking for a pair that won’t date, simple blue straight jeans are the way to go. At just £20, these are an absolute steal. Wear yours with a leather jacket and a pair of chunky black boots.

Check out more of ASOS’ best jeans.


Chino trouser in stone from ASOS

Chino trouser in stone, £22, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

A simple pair of trousers will come in so handy and this pair of chinos are so versatile. Wear them with an oversized button-down shirt to create a chic look.

White trainers

Duet flatform lace up trainers in white from ASOS

Duet flatform lace up trainers in white, £26, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

A simple pair of white trainers is essential, whether you’re wearing them to the gym or with jeans. You’ll wear these time and time again, so make sure they’re comfy and fit well.


4505 icon legging in cotton touch from ASOS

Icon legging in cotton touch, £16, ASOS 4505 – buy now

Running errands, hitting the gym or just chilling at home? Leggings are your best friend. You might want to check out the best sports leggings on ASOS for intense workouts though.

White t-shirt

Relaxed v neck t-shirt in white from ASOS

Relaxed v neck t-shirt in white, £13, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

A simple white tee won’t cost you much, but you’ll get more wear out of it than any other item. This v-neck style from ASOS offers a little more shape, but the brand has so many great boxy styles too.

Check out our edit of the best white t-shirts next.

Oversized blazer

New perfect long line shape blazer in black from ASOS

New perfect long line shape blazer in black, now £30, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

An oversized blazer makes any ensemble look instantly chic, so you won’t regret purchasing one. Check out how to style an oversized blazer for outfit inspo.

Tube top

Tall ultimate crop bandeau top in black from ASOS

Tall ultimate crop bandeau top in black, £6, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

As Y2K fashion continues to explode, a bandeau top might make its way into your style rotation. Team yours with loose-fitting jeans or cargo pants.

Cropped jumper

Cropped jumper in mini cable stitch in cream from ASOS

Cropped jumper in mini cable stitch in cream, now £18, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

Winter is well and truly on the way, to jumpers are very much needed. A cropped jumper will sit just above the waistband of high-waisted jeans, trousers and skirts, giving a little bit of shape to your outfit.

Long-sleeved top

ASOS DESIGN ruched v front and back crop top in black

Ruched v front and back crop top in black, £14, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

Team this ruched long-sleeved top with a colourful or printed skirt, or use it as a layering piece. Either way, you’ll be glad you have it.

Button-down shirt

Long sleeve boyfriend shirt in cotton in white from ASOS

Long sleeve boyfriend shirt in cotton in white, now £13, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

Last but not least, I recommend buying one oversized button-down shirt. It has endless styling possibilities, like layering it over a top and jeans or wearing it as a dress (if it’s long enough).

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