30 Not-so-Basic Basics That Are Cool Without Even Trying

cool winter basics



If you read Who What Wear on the reg, you'd know we love a good basic more than anything. We're all over the best leggings, tees, and jeans worthy of your next restock but today we're switching things up a little with the basics that have a little something special that makes them stand out. With subtle yet exciting new details, these will the be perfect update to your array of staples because they're just as versatile but have that extra element that makes them as exciting to wear as any trend piece.

The cool winter basics I'm about to showcase here each have details about them that sets them apart from the simple basics you already know and love. Think skinny jeans with an ankle slit, tops with asymmetric necklines, and even elevated-looking sweatpants that are all delightfully affordable. As the kids say, yes, I'm "simping" over these cool finds and I think you will, too. Scroll down to shop them all.


This neckline adds a little bit of spice to your jean outfits.

I've seen fashion girls wear this one with knee boots and bare legs, and I'm all about it.

The kind of interesting trousers that make you forget about your jeans.

This collar situation is pretty major.

Calling all fans of skinny jeans, these are the trendy upgrade you've been looking for.

Don't wear these if you hate compliments.

There's something so fresh about a cropped blazer.

Did I just find the easiest way to wear the cutout trend?

Throw it back to 1979 in these retro kicks.

Leather puffer coats. That's it, that's the caption.

Not all my plain turtlenecks getting jealous...

These are basically a showcase for your favorite ankle boots.

The best $12 you'll spend all week. Promise.

Warning: if you start wearing these, you might never go back to regular pants.

A winter staple with a little spice.

You need to zoom in on that crinkled texture, trust me.

Shop the matching Crinkled Silk Blend Shirt ($149)

I'm not normally a flats person, but how cute are these?

Now that's what I call a low effort, high reward outfit.

The winter accessory we all need in our lives.

I've been seeing these tops all over Instagram and now I want one, too.

Basic leggings never stood a chance.

This top could teach a masterclass in how to look expensive.

Checkerboard print makes anything just look so fresh.

This only looks complicated, but it's actually the easiest thing you could throw on.

Polo necks are the micro-trend that's winning 2020.