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



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



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

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



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



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.