15 Best Affordable Basics You Can Get From Muji

by Sean Tham
LIFESTYLE  |  November 27, 2018
  • And they are all under S$50 ( yes, you heard that right!).
    1 / 16 And they are all under S$50 ( yes, you heard that right!).

    Simple yet versatile, basic apparel are true investment pieces that can last a long time and get you through almost any occasion.

    When shopping for these interchangeable pieces like white t-shirts or denim jeans, opt for Japanese labels instead of high-street retailers. Brands like Muji focus on perfecting classic garments rather than serving their consumers with trends that are straight off the runway. In fact, the anti-brand is known for its close attention to detail and its emphasis on good yet simple quality products that blend comfortably into people’s lives. Affordable, yet not lacking in style, and enduring — what more can you ask for?

    Here’s a list of 15 basics that you can get from Muji for under $50 that will make your shopping experience guilt-free and wholly satisfying.

    Photos: Muji

    (Also read: 13 Quality Japanese Beauty Products From Don Don Donki, Tokyu Hands & Muji – Under $30 Each)

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  • Gingham check shirt, $39
    2 / 16 Gingham check shirt, $39

    This blue gingham checkered shirt is formal enough for work when you dress it up with a white pencil skirt for the office. Or go casual when you use it as a cover up on top of a white tank top paired with denim shorts during the weekend.

    (Also read: 10 Gorgeous Asymmetrical Dresses That Are Office-Friendly)

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  • Striped pullover, $15.90
    3 / 16 Striped pullover, $15.90

    Channel a spiffy nautical vibe by pairing this chic pullover with a navy blue cabbie hat, a pair of white denim jeans and some espadrilles.

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  • Linen pullover, $49
    4 / 16 Linen pullover, $49

    This lightweight linen pullover is great for lazy or rainy afternoons. Tuck it into an A-line denim skirt and pair it with some black brogues for a casual look.

    (Also read: 6 Ways To Deal With Clothes You Don’t Want)

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  • Mandarin collared shirt, $39
    5 / 16 Mandarin collared shirt, $39

    Go for versatile hues like blue, green and camel to liven up your wardrobe. These are colours that are so neutral, you can match them with practically any other shade. Get one with an interesting Mandarin collar like this one, to jazz it up further.

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  • Short sleeve blouse, $39
    6 / 16 Short sleeve blouse, $39

    Keep yourself cool with a simple short sleeve blouse. Match it with denim overalls and white sneakers for the ultimate casual look. Don’t forget your shades and a straw hat.

    (Also read: 12 Non-Basic, Stylish White Tops That Are Suitable For Work And Play)

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  • Poplin shorts,$29
    7 / 16 Poplin shorts,$29

    Instead of the usual wrap dress, opt for a pair of poplin shorts when you’re heading to the beach. Pair it with a white linen shirt and a bright yellow bikini set underneath for a jaunty flair.

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  • Black slim denim jeans, $49
    8 / 16 Black slim denim jeans, $49

    Deliver a rocker-girl edge to your outfit by carrying off this pair of black denim jeans with a white t-shirt (preferably with distressed hemlines) and a pair of heeled booties.

    (Also read: Here’s How Conscious Spending Can Save You Hundreds of Dollars Every Month)

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  • Chino trousers, $49
    9 / 16 Chino trousers, $49

    Get yourself a classic pair of beige chino pants, stat. This staple can be easily adapted to form different ensembles for the weekend. Bandeaus, billowy shirts, camisoles or even simple t-shirts are some options that can make you go from sexy to casual easily.

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  • Denim pencil skirt, $49
    10 / 16 Denim pencil skirt, $49

    Pair this basic with a floral printed ruffle top to give it a girlish vibe.

    (Also read: 3 Ways to Rock a Tulle Skirt Without Looking Kiddy)

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  • Dark denim jeans, $49
    11 / 16 Dark denim jeans, $49

    Invest in a pair of dark denim jeans instead of light. The darker hue is more formal (and hence can be worn on a greater variety of occasions) and timeless. Besides, they can maintain their shade better despite multiple washes. Wear this with a white shirt and a black blazer on casual Friday.

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  • Cabbie hat, $39
    12 / 16 Cabbie hat, $39

    Channel a preppy newsboy style with this cabbie hat. Add a touch of grunge with a black long sleeved mini dress and a pair of combat booties.


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  • Stripe socks, $4.90
    13 / 16 Stripe socks, $4.90

    Everybody needs a pair of clean socks. Pull these high and wear them with a pair of sneakers to achieve an edgy street style.

    (Also read: 7 Painless Ways to Break In New Shoes)

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  • Slip-on sneakers, $43
    14 / 16 Slip-on sneakers, $43

    A pair of white sneakers will look good with any outfit. Add a touch of personality by keeping them slightly dirty.

    (Also read: 15 Fashionable Slip-On Shoes That Will Go With All Your Weekend Outfits)

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  • Rucksack, $49
    15 / 16 Rucksack, $49

    If you’re wearing a monochromatic ensemble, add a splash of colour with a bright red bag.

    (Also read: 9 Stylish Gym Bags You’ll Be Proud to Carry Every Day)

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  • Tank top,$24.90 for a pack of 2
    16 / 16 Tank top,$24.90 for a pack of 2

    Tank tops are basic essentials in sunny Singapore. Look stylish by layering an unbuttoned chambray shirt on top of one. Tuck both into a floral-printed skater skirt.

    (Also read: 3 Simple Ways to Cut A T-Shirt Into A Workout Tank Top)

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