7 "Boring" Fashion Trends We Can't Get Enough of in 2019

Last year may have been all about maximal fashion, but it seems there's been a sartorial shift in 2019, with many "basic" items now being considered the height of sophistication. While we'll agree they're not the most traditionally exciting things you can spend your money on, it's a fact that you'll get more wear out of a white cotton midi dress than you will a zebra-print mini. And as we become more acutely aware of the impact our shopping habits can have on the environment, we're keen to make every purchase more sustainable and long-lasting.

As such, below you'll find the once-considered "boring" fashion trends, which, in reality, are some of the most versatile pieces you'll ever own. From oversized blazers and silk shirting to classic skirts and sensible sandals, keep scrolling to see seven influencer-loved items that you'll wear for summers to come. 

1. Linen Blazers

Linen fabrics are taking over the tailoring scene right now, as they're more breathable than heavier materials. & Other Stories' beige blazer is proving to be a firm favourite amongst influencers—look for exaggerated shoulders and longline hems to nail the slouchy look.


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2. Simple Basket Bags

Basket bags have been around for a few seasons now, but in 2019, things are taking a simplified turn with market baskets (the sort you'd pick up your groceries in) proving to be a hit with the sartorially blessed. 


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3. Ecru Jeans

Versatile and chic, it's little wonder that the sartorially blessed are trading in their vintage blues in favour of ecru shades instead. Make like Ada and Liv and pair them with a warm colour palette.


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4. Velcro Sandals

"Dad" shoes are still high on the agenda right now, but instead of trainers, it's sandals that have caught our eye. Velcro straps give the straps a geeky flair, while the chunky soles make for maximum comfort.


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Instead of fussy off-the-shoulder, ruffled tops, racer-back vests are fast becoming the most in-demand top of the summer. Wear them with casual trousers for the perfect off-duty city ensemble.


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Unfortunately, us Brits can never rely on the weather to stay warm for more than an hour at a time. The solution? A cotton jumpsuit. The long trousers legs will keep the chill at bay, while the cotton fabric ensures you won't overheat should the temperature start to climb. 


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7. White Cotton Dresses

Plain they may be, but nothing says summer quite like a white cotton midi dress. Key details to look out for include broderie trims, puff sleeves and tie-waists. 


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This article was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.