8 Wardrobe Staples That Are Officially Trend-Proof


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Before you go on, no, this is not a story about jeans, white T-shirts, and tote bags. While those are all wardrobe staples, today, I am here to chat with you about pieces that once were wardrobe basics but somehow became trendy. These pieces then managed to make themselves right at home again in the basics section of our closet.

Last year, we saw the rise of minimalist, expensive-looking style (some would even describe it as "bourgeoisie"), which ended up altering the way women viewed style and outfit composition in its entirety. What used to be a severe focus on trends shifted to a rampant acquisition of quality basics (i.e., relaxed suiting, nice knits, and practical accessories).

In a way, this major sartorial shift kind of is the trend. Suddenly, we look in our closet and it's filled with neutral hues and tailored separates, and the trend section has been replaced solely with basics, which brings me to my main point: The reidentification of basic wardrobe staples as "cool" shifted our closets entirely, and after a couple of years and multiple seasons, the eight items below have officially been deemed trend-proof.

To me, this means that basics were able to come back to life and find their home once again in the "wardrobe staples" section of our closets again. The eight pieces ahead have done exactly that, having passed the test of trendiness and timelessness entirely.

Here, I'll walk you through the eight wardrobe staples I am deeming trend-proof this year—including mules, cardigans, and more.

The Mule


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Mules have reached peak "slip on and go without thinking twice" status. If that isn't the definition of a wardrobe staple, I don't know what is. Whether mules as a general shoe style shift and adapt to the current season at hand (i.e. square toes, mesh, kitten heel, etc.), they will always be "in," and that's a fact.

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Wide-Leg Trousers


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It seems as though women are slipping into wide-leg tailored trousers more than their everyday denim, further proving the versatility of this wardrobe staple. When this basic became "cool" again a couple of years ago, we weren't sure how long the shelf life would be, but It girls have proven this pant style has evolved from basic to cool to officially trend-proof. 

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The Cardigan


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Whether the cardigan is currently all over your Instagram feeds or is draped over your desk chair in case you ever need a light jacket, it will always be relevant. The ebb and flow of its hype is inevitable, but the wardrobe staple itself is here to stay, trend or not.

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The Button-Down Shirt


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You don't need to be reminded that button-down shirts are a wardrobe basic, but the fashion crowd set out to make them a "thing" again (and with great success, might I add). Well, the initial excitement of the button-down has lost a little of its luster since its initial rebirth, but the item itself is still here to say as decades past have proven. Since we have yet to see a slow-down in this more practical way of dressing, we expect the button-down to stay along for the ride. 

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The Chain Necklace


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Can you remember a time when we weren't talking about chain necklaces? I can't. While the preferred widths and lengths have certainly changed over the years, the chain necklace has rarely gone out of style, and we don't expect it to any time soon. Whether you wear one solo like in the picture here or layer them for a more statement-making moment, this necklace trend has surpassed the test of trends. 

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Chelsea Boots


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Chelsea boots, like mules, get tweaked every season just a tad, but at the end of the day, they are still the same Chelsea boots you know and love. This season, we saw exaggerated lug soles and higher shafts, but that's pretty much it as far as updates go, so if you're looking for a boot to invest in, this style will give you years of style and practicality, hands-down.

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The Big Blazer


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It is so common to see big blazers now, but that's because they have officially weaseled their way into the basics section of our closets. Just today, actually, I was getting dressed and had to purposefully try not to wear a blazer. Well, guess what I ended up wearing? A blazer. There was definitely a time when blazers just weren't as cool and didn't feel as practical. Thankfully, the slightly oversize and structured nature of the ones we wear now have proven they are here to stay, trend or not.

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The Mod Bag


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I started acquiring a handful of pretty weird-looking bags that certainly read more "modern" than "heritage." I predicted these peculiar shapes and sizes would diminish in popularity as time went on, but thanks to brands like Danse Lente, Yuzefi, and The Sant (just to name a few), these odd little fellas have done nothing but claimed their rightful place in our closets as the cool bags you can grab—no matter what's going on in the trend space.

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Editorial Director

Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Wear and has worked at the company for over eight years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Kaia Gerber, Normani, and Kristen Stewart.

She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, Milan, and Paris, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Elle. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.