There's a reason why basics are known as the foundation of anyone's wardrobe. They quite literally serve as the base layer for one's outfits, be it a tank top underneath a sheer top or a turtleneck layered under an office blazer.
Stocking up (or hoarding) these inner garments will make dressing up easier for you:
You'll never not need a black, white, or nude camisole in your life. Often used as a layering piece, camis are undergarments that will come in handy on numerous occasions: when you want to unbutton a blouse for a laid-back look, when your revealing, sheer top needs a little more coverage, or even when you want to dress down a bulky blazer.
Women Airism Camisole, P590, UNIQLO, SM Megamall
2. Sleeveless tank top
Given our tropical weather, tank tops are definitely a staple. Update yours with trendy styles–like a sleek, straight-cut tank top with thinner straps that you can wear even for more formal occasions! Just dress it up with more polished-looking bottoms like cigarette pants or a midi skirt.
Bodysuits can be a bit of a hassle to wear (especially once you hit the bathroom!) but there's a lot to love about this basic piece. Because it's stretched out when worn, the body-hugging top is essentially wrinkle-free so it instantly bestows a neat, sleek appearance. Pair it with your skinny jeans for your next girl's night out or tailored, high-waist pants for the office.
Daphne Tank Bodysuit, P699.30 (from P999), THE___EDIT, Zalora
Long-sleeved turtlenecks are not only perfect for when you're traveling to cooler places; they're also suitable in this tropical climate of ours. Stretchy, lightweight turtlenecks will keep you warm when braving cold offices, but they're still breathable enough to keep you cool when it's sunny outside. Wear it underneath a blazer for a polished, office-appropriate look, or wear it on its own and simply complete your OOTD with printed culottes for a sophisticated yet non-boring OOTD.
5. Tube top
Sometimes, the visible thick straps of your tank top look unflattering underneath a classy, sheer blouse. Reach for a tube top for a more seamless innerwear. It looks extra sleek underneath a blazer, too!
Everyday Tube Top, P599, COTTON ON, Zalora
*This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.