Wait, When Did These 8 Basics Become Trendy?

The other day, my co-worker Nicole and I were discussing the extensive list of items on our fall shopping lists. As we were chatting about each of the trendy new pieces we planned on adding to our carts, I realized that a majority of the items on my list weren't actually "trends" at all—they were basics that, thanks to the stylish fashion girls of the world, have officially become, well, trendy. I am really picky when it comes to what I deem a trend, so it makes sense that I was struggling with suiting becoming one of the most well-accepted fall trends of not only this season but last season as well, in addition to the rise of the more stylized bourgeoisie trend. At the end of the day, things like suits and trousers are not anything new; they are wardrobe staples that maybe weren't cool, but they certainly weren't out.

When classics suddenly become cool, do we call them a trend? Yes? No? It's confusing, but all I know is that the return to a more simplistic way of dressing is here, and the trending basics ahead are leading the way. Take time to learn all about the basic pieces—including button-down shirts, shoulder bags, and even loafers—that are currently paving the way for a larger movement in this industry that is both unavoidable and exciting. The good news is that you probably own a majority of the eight items listed below, but in case you don't, we shopped our favorite versions of each to ensure your fall wardrobe is fully up to date. 

Poplin Button-Down Shirts

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Largely thanks to this recently birthed styling trick, the classic white button-down is officially on heavy rotation among the fashion set. 

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It wasn't until the suit-trend storm calmed that we were able to see suits for what they really are—an official fashion-girl basic. 

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Cardigans—your grandma wears them, you wore them in elementary school, and now, you wear cropped versions for a night out and button them all the way up as a chic top alternative. The circle of life, you know?

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Shoulder Bags

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What was once a staple in the '90s and early '00s quickly became obsolete, but if we know anything about fashion, it's that everything comes back around. This simple handbag shape is one It girls reach for to accompany pretty much any look right now. 

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Pleated Skirts

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Pleated skirts (particularly plaid ones) are reigning supreme thanks to the bourgeoisie styling fad that just won't quit. Snatch up a few of these for fall, and you'll forget you even ever liked jeans in the first place. 

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This timeless shoe style is almost officially Instagram famous. Worn with socks and anklets, miniskirts, and other unconventional counterparts, loafers are destined to be one of the next big shoe micro-trends of fall 2019. 

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Leather Jackets

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Calling a leather jacket a trend seems like a bit of a reach, but according to the sheer volume of content fashion girls are creating around the item, it's hard not to call them a trend. No, this isn't a moto jacket. Instead, we're talking blazer-esque shapes that are slightly oversize. 

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Trench Coats

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Last but not least, we have trench coats. Spotted all over the streets during fashion month, the trendy basic is clearly the silhouette to own this season.

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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.