Every fashion lover knows that a great wardrobe starts with a few essential pieces.  For ages, this list has included jeans, a white button up and a gorgeous pair of heels.  But over the last couple of years there are a few trends that have become so big, they’ve totally transformed the way we look at ‘essentials.’  

Take sporty luxe style for instance.  This 2014 trend saw sneakers and sportswear hit the streets in a chic, fashionable way.  What could have been a one-off trend has now found a permanent place in our wardrobes.  Which, by the way, we are totally stoked about, because now we have a whole new set of essentials to choose from and work across our wardrobes.    

With the evolution of sporty luxe athleisure wear, the list of must-have wardrobe items has grown.  Now, on top of what we’ve got above, the essentials include: a) a striped top, b) white sneakers and c) a soft, ribbed skirt or dress.  Not only are these three pieces great for mixing and matching, but they also look super cool when worn together.  

When it came to finding our essential striped top, we knew that Katie’s MOVE range would have exactly what we wanted.  They have soooo many stripe tees, tops and shirts to choose from, along with other fantastic layering pieces.   This ¾ Sleeve Stripe Tunic we picked up was just $28! Yep. And considering you can style it so many different ways, it’s an even bigger bargain on a cost per wear basis. So good! 

Paired with a pair of bright white sneakers and our Paris maxi skirt from the SWIISH online store, this look is cool, comfortable and totally on trend.  We also love how we could wear this anytime - weekends, shopping, running errands, on the kindy or school run, or even to grab a coffee with our girlfriends.  It’s definitely an all-rounder kind of outfit. 

Oh - and don't forget - Katies is giving away a $500 wardrobe.  Yep - $500!! How exciting!! For your chance to win*, simply

1) Follow @katiesfashion and @swiishbysallyo on Instagram

2) Answer this question in the comments section below:

                             "Which is your favourite piece from the MOVE collection?"

The winner will be drawn on Friday 2 September, 2016.  Good luck!!

To check out some of the amazing pieces you could win, check out the Katies website or head in store today.

*Gift card will be awarded in a single nomination and is valid for 12 months. Gift card will be mailed to the winner within 10 business days from when the winner is announced. Gift card is redeemable instore at Katies only. Competition is open to Australian residents only.