While the fall collections were filled with plenty of frivolity and extravagance, they also featured a number of plain old wardrobe basics. So many, in fact, that we can’t deny the impact this “trend” is having. It’s weird, but some of the simplest clothing items in our closets are having a big moment. Perhaps it’s the answer to reaching our saturation points with trends or a holdover from the pandemic’s fixation on comfort, but either way there’s a definite shift happening. For fall, we’re paring things back and returning to the failsafe silhouettes that we know and love.
Counterintuitive as it may seem to call these simple basics a “trend”, here we are. The fall 2022 runways were amass with items like slip dresses and white tank tops, ballet flats and button-downs that are the foundation to so many of our closets. As with any designer iteration, these plain items are getting a fashion-y spin with luxe new updates. They may be humble, but these simple items are stepping into the spotlight this season.
We’re charting the path of 8 viral fall wardrobe basics from the runways to social media and of course, highlighting our favorite picks below.