I'm a Fashion Editor—5 Anti-Trend Staples I'm Living in This Spring

As much as I swim in the experimental end of the style pool, I also have a sweet spot for the classics. Accumulating basics isn't the most exciting part of building out a wardrobe, but it's definitely necessary. A closet full of only quirky pieces won't carry you season after season or take the fuss out of getting dressed daily like staples do, and even as you age and your style changes, you'll find that the clothes with the most longevity are those without all the bells and whistles. All of these reasons are why I actively collect streamlined staples, regardless of my current trendy obsessions.

But as it stands, I've been reaching for the classics more than anything else these days. Particularly, oversize blazers and white ribbed tanks have been carrying me through as the finicky L.A. weather switches between extreme hot and extreme cold. Since I've been in the mood for pared-down separates, I find that creating outfits is also so much easier. Ahead, I've mapped out the five anti-trend pieces that have outshined everything else I own right now. You may want to consider adopting these into your wardrobe too.

1. Waistcoats


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Once a trend, waistcoats have surpassed the momentary buzz stage to become a full-fledged staple. I love how they're a little more amped up and unexpected as, say, a sweater, but there's still an abundance of ways to wear them. Especially as it gets warmer, I'll be leaning on these sleeveless wonders to create fun layers.

2. Black Dresses


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Black dresses come to the rescue once again! This category goes without explaining, but I've fallen in love with this staple again. I go for midi lengths, as they're more versatile and practical, and I love the idea of layering them with a waistcoat and jacket, as seen styled above.

3. Dark Jeans


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While everyone gravitates toward light-wash denim (I get it; it's spring), I'll be hoarding all the dark jeans. Why? They're so damn chic with a white tee and a blazer, and I feel close to my New York roots wearing dark colors—even though I'm in L.A. Also, they feel a touch more formal and elevated than their blue-wash counterparts.

4. Ribbed Tanks


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Even before the Prada F/W 22 craze, I've hoarded white tanks like no one's business, and that hasn't changed in 2022. They simply just go with anything, and now that designer brands are getting in on the white-tank market, I have more elevated options to add to my arsenal.

5. Boxy Blazers


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As much as I try to shake blazers, I always go back to them, especially during spring. While a variety of cuts and silhouettes exist, I prefer mine loose, oversize, and with boxy shoulders. 

Next up: I'm Already Seeing Every NYC Girl Wear These 5 Spring Trends

Fashion Market Editor

Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.