It’s 2021, the year of basics, simplicity, and comfort. Truly, it’s the fashion year we’ve all been waiting for. Sweatpants are high fashion, the best of every decade is back, and comfort reigns supreme. Gone are the days of maximalist mood boards and fast-fashion impulse buying. Instead, we’re welcoming in a mellow and relaxed back-to-basics minimalist feel that is the vibe we are all craving right now. Laid-back but never boring, these are the must-have basics for your wardrobe that are versatile, seasonless, and classic.
Black leggings are the holy grail of essential basics. A good pair of leggings will offer the structure to stay on during your high-intensity workout sessions while also styling perfectly with your favorite chunky knit sweaters and sneakers. We recommend a pair for working out and another for straight-up lounging. This black basic is a staple of every woman’s wardrobe.
Think your standard plain white t-shirt, but better. Make that tee into a versatile basic by choosing a cut, fabric, and fit that is both laid-back yet sophisticated. Perfect for lounging, working from home, or a casual dinner out, a classic, high-quality white t-shirt is more than just your loungewear basic. Choose a flattering fit and a luxe fabric such as Supima cotton or linen to really up to your basics game this year.
Comfortable for working from home, easy to wear out, and great for lounging, the classic knit dress is a basic that’s so comfortable, it’s tempting to live in it all day, every day. Chic and comfy, these dresses are the perfect go-to dress we need this year. Knit dresses strike the ideal balance between being comfortable enough to work from your couch while being chic enough to seem like you’ve put in some effort.
Basic all-purpose knits are an essential wardrobe staple. Wear them just about anywhere, and you’ll feel the perfect amount of both chic and cozy. What’s awesome about all-purpose knits is how versatile and effortless they are. Choose a soft knit with a classic cut, and wear it with just about anything. Tuck it into a pair of high-waisted pants, wear it over your favorite jeans, or style it with a laid-back dress. The possibilities of this must-have basic are endless.
Forever stylish, the turtleneck is possible to wear with anything and just about anywhere. These timeless basics look and feel fabulous while hanging out or working from home, and they are easy to style for going out or for the office. The perfect layering piece, a basic turtleneck is a must-have.
A well-tailored blazer carries with it a powerful statement. Even if you’re not planning on going into the office anytime soon, these chic and sleek jackets are perfect for throwing on to go just about anywhere. Wear over a blouse and a pair of slacks for a professional office look, or wear over your favorite jeans and t-shirt for a laid-back yet sophisticated style. A well-tailored and structured blazer is a basic that is comfortable, versatile, and shows effortless class.
One of our favorite styles to come back into fashion is this ’80s throwback. Bike shorts are great because they are form-fitting, comfortable, versatile, and give you the extra coverage you need. While bike shorts are the perfect choice for all your sweaty workouts, they also work as a fashion statement. Style a flattering high-rise pair with your favorite tunic top or crisp cotton women’s blouse, blazer, and sneakers for a sophisticated yet down-to-earth look.
Loungewear is the new activewear, and we’re pretty happy about that. Not just for high school gym class, sweatpants are a fashion statement. Seeing as comfort is now cool, just about everyone is making and stocking up on stylish and sleek sweatpants and lounge pants, which honestly suits us just fine. If you’ve been waiting your whole life for your favorite comfy pants to become a mainstream style, then your time is now. Stock up on some seriously soft sweats in various styles and designs so that you always have these comfy basics on hand.
Since minimalism and a less-is-more vibe is en vogue, it’s no wonder the black slip dress is the new little black dress. Black slip dresses are a ’90s inspired staple that can be worn just about anywhere and styled with just about anything. Wear under a simple white tee or cozy sweater with sneakers, or dress up with a blazer and a pair of heels. Or just lie around on your couch for a good chic chill session. The options with this one are truly endless, making it a definite must-have for your wardrobe.
It sounds like an oxymoron, we know, but in a day and age where comfort reigns supreme in the fashion world, it’s time to find yourself a bra or bralette that’s cute and comfortable. Opt for wireless bras made from natural breathable fabrics like cotton to get the support you need without feeling like you’re being squeezed. Mesh bras and bralettes are also all the rage for their comfort and cute factor. Getting dressed and looking good is always going to be effortless when you’ve got the basics. Stock up on these wardrobe staples this year, and you’ll be good to go.