I'd Skip Every Major Trend in Favor of These 8 Cool Basics

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Not to sound like a broken record, but we need to talk about wardrobe basics. If you're a regular Who What Wear reader, you already know we report on, discuss, and shop the best closet staples all day long, but pardon me if I bring them up again here. You see, now that I'm fully immersed in my fall wardrobe, I've found myself skipping plenty of bigger trends in favor of these classic pieces.

It's not just any basics I'm favoring, though. The fresh batch that fall 2021 is serving up has a little something extra, whether that be a boxier blazer, a pair of slouchy jeans, or retro-inspired sneakers. It's true that basics tend to be less tied to the whims of the trend cycle than traditional seasonal trends, but the cool fall basics you're about to see below feel very much of-the-moment—so much so that they're really the only items I'm excited to wear right now. Trends, who?

1. Big Blazers

If there's a single item I can recommend that will up your style game immediately, it's a boxy blazer. Whether you throw it on top of something casual or polished, it's the always-looks-good outfit enhancer that makes any wardrobe feel complete.

Shop blazers:

Topshop Single Breasted Blazer ($125)

Eloquii Double Breasted Blazer ($135)

Zara Oversized Double Breasted Jacket ($70)

H&M Double-Breasted Jacket ($50)

2. Leather Trousers

I won't say I'm fully skipping my jeans in favor of leather trousers, but I won't say I've worn jeans as much since acquiring a pair of these cool pants. What can I say, they're *the* moment.

Shop leather trousers:

Agolde Recycled Leather 90's Pinch Waist: High Rise Straight Jeans ($298)

Open Edit Faux Leather Wide Leg Pants ($59)

Nanushka Namas Tailored Wide Leg Pants ($545)

Afrm Heston Faux Leather Straight Leg Pants ($88)

3. Oversize Button-Downs

Versatile, easy, and polished, there's nothing not to love about these oversized poplin shirts. Buy one in every color if you're smart.

Shop button-down shirts:

& Other Stories Voluminous Cotton Shirt ($89)

H&M Cotton Shirt ($25)

11 Honoré Maeve Oversize Button-Up Poplin Shirt ($128)

Topshop Oversize Poplin Button-Up Shirt ($56)

4. Mini Skirts

Welcome to the era of the mini skirt. If the most recent runways were any indication, hemlines are creeping ever higher and micro-mini skirts are quickly becoming the trendy basic to have on lock. Plus, they're excellent fall layering pieces.

Shop mini skirts:

Who What Wear Collection Edie Miniskirt ($125)

Oak + Fort Tennis Skirt ($58)

Storets Hailey Low Rise Skirt W/String ($46)

Danielle Guizio Rib Knit Mini Skirt in Onyx ($180)

H&M Short Skirt ($13)

5. Retro Sneakers

I've waxed poetic about the New Balance 550 sneakers before, but beyond the much-hyped pair lie a trove of retro-inspired kicks that are my favorite basic shoes to wear right now.

Shop retro sneakers:

New Balance 550 Low-Top Sneakers ($587)

Reebok Club C 85 Sneaker ($75)

New Balance 996 Classic Sneakers ($90)

Zara Contrasting Color Sneakers ($50)

6. Slouchy Jeans

We've talked about the baggy-denim trend a bit this year and have learned the style is quite polarizing among our readers. No matter your thoughts on the Y2K-inspired denim, you can't deny that they make for the most comfortable pair that gives a casual-cool vibe.

Shop slouchy jeans:

Levi's High Loose Full Circle Jeans ($108)

Madewell The Dadjean in Duane Wash: Ripped Edition ($70)

Topshop Relaxed Flare Leg Jeans ($74)

Mango High Waist Straight Jeans ($60)

Eloquii Distressed Wide Leg Jean With Roll Cuff ($100)

7. Tall Boots

Knee boots are one of those things that was once a trend but that I now consider to be a full-blown closet staple.

Shop knee-high boots:

Who What Wear Cate Knee High Boot ($159)

Alohas East Boot in Black ($350)

By Far Stevie Boots ($660)

Vagabond Shoemakers Alina Knee High Boot ($265)

8. '90s Shoulder Bags

'90s-inspired shoulder bags are another item that has become a staple in my wardrobe despite once being a trend I dabbled in. They fit everything I need them to and are the perfect addition to any day or nighttime look. The versatility is truly unmatched.

Shop '90s bags:

Who What Wear Collection Isabella Bag ($85)

Nanushka Noya Baguette Bag ($695)

Staud Tate Leather Shoulder Bag ($195)

Jw Pei 90s Shoulder Bag ($39)

Next up: Let's Do a Denim Deep Dive: Every 2021 Jeans Trend You Need to Know About

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