9 Trendy Basics That Will Become the Foundation of My 2022 Wardrobe


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There are basics, and then there are trendy basics, and I'm here to talk about the latter, but you already knew that from this story's title. While I do think that every wardrobe needs its standard-issue white tees and blue jeans, today I'm here to rant about the basics that are a little more forward, a touch cooler, and 100% worth buying. Since I wear my basics constantly, I'm always on the lookout for trendier ones to update my closet with and I've landed on nine such versions that I already know will feature regularly in my 2022 wardrobe.

Below, you'll find the trendy basics I can't help but obsess over right now purely becuase their cool factor is on par with how versatile they are—and that's not always the case when it comes to basics. So continue on to get a glimpse of the staples I'll be incorporating into my ensembles all year long and, of course, shop my picks for each.

1. Minimalistic Knitwear


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Knitwear is always in full force in my closet and this year I'm especially into minimalistic styles that act as a clean base for cool accessories. I just placed an order on the black dress my colleague Anna is wearing above and I can already tell I'll be wearing it a lot.

2. Striped Shirting


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Oversized button-down shirts continue to be my most-worn staple but in particular I'm gravitating towards striped versions that lend a lightly preppy feel.

3. Ankle-Grazing Outerwear


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As a New York resident, I've learned to rely heavily on my outerwear not just to finish off my outfits but sometimes to be the outfit, period. I adore long ankle-grazing coats for that reason because they cloak you in one chic silhouette. I think the Olsen sisters are onto something here...

4. Simple Mini Skirts


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We've already pointed out how micro-mini skirts are going to be *the* trend for spring 2022, but I think the simpler styles can easily become staples you wear on repeat, too.

5. Slouchy Shoulder Bags


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It might be time to put structured bags on hold, at least for the time being. Slouchier shoulder bags are really holding my attention right now and given their practicality and comfort, I can already see them becoming a fixture in all my 2022 ensembles.

6. Relaxed Denim


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If 2022 will be defined by any staple, it will probably be for relaxed denim. The roomier fit lends a cool, lived-in look and with plenty of options to choose from in the market, you can go more classic or baggier depending on how you feel.

7. Tall Boots


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Sorry if I sound like a broken record at this point, but I really can't stop wearing my knee-high boots. I thought the trend would have dwindled by now but they've actually remained a constant in my wardrobe and I keep finding new ways to style mine. Currently, I'm into wearing them underneath midi skirts.

8. Chubby Hoops


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Hoops are my ultimate jewelry staple but lately, I've been putting my daintier pairs on hold for more substantial chunky shapes. I think the weightier feel lends more impact to whatever I wear them with.

9. Crewneck Sweatshirts


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While it's definitely more on the basic than trendy end of the spectrum, oversize crewneck sweatshirts are a staple I'll be relying on a lot. I like that they can be worn with leggings and sneakers just as easily as they can be elevated with denim and heels like in the about look.

Up next, check out the simple outfit formula I'm guilty of repeating over and over.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.