These Basics Have a Little Something Extra, and I Think They're So Chic

Basics are the backbones of our wardrobes. Given their highly versatile nature, they can be mixed and matched with a variety of trendier pieces to create those well-balanced looks. While there are key winter basics like crewneck sweaters and straight-leg jeans, there are also a range of, let’s just say, next-level basics that are entering the spotlight in a major way.

Here, we’re talking about those pieces that are simple and easy to style, but have a little something extra. Below, you’ll uncover a range of imagery showcasing how fashion people are wearing these "basics with a twist.”

Keep scrolling for more. Oh, you'll also find a smattering of inspired shopping finds sprinkled throughout as well.

1. Open-Back Knits


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A turtleneck is a fall and winter staple. The open back detail brings a forward twist to the silhouette.

2. Sweater-Vests


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While sweater-vests are certainly of-the-moment, they could also fall in the basics category given that they can be styled with a smattering of items to create chic outfits.

3. Faux-Leather Pants


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Leather pants would fall into that next-level basics category. They're statement-making yet still subtle because they can really act as a foundational piece in a wardrobe.

4. Asymmetrical Long-Sleeved Tops


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Those simple long-sleeved tops will always be a staple, but it's those silhouettes that have an asymmetrical detail at the neckline that are trending hard right now.

5. Cropped Blazers


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In the blazer realm, cropped styles feel fresh and chic for the season.

6. Knit Polos


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One of the key trendy basics of the season would undoubtedly be the knit polo top. It's classic yet current, and looks perfect with trousers, jeans, or skirts.

Next, check out more chic basics.

Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.