In 2023, a Really Good Outfit Features One of These 5 Basics


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I consider basics to be the backbone of a solid wardrobe—the true workhorses in a closet, if you will. While I personally consider a range of items to be fantastic staples (yes, white T-shirts and black trousers included), I wanted to highlight the trendier basics that I think are particularly noteworthy in 2023.

Given that my favourite outfit ideas are comprised of A+ basics, I believe elevated basics will help to create some of the chicest ensembles you can wear this year. The staples in question are not only highly versatile (the true making of an amazing basic), but they are also modern and bring a forward twist to any look.

Below, you'll uncover really great outfits that feature trendy basics the fashion crowd is going to be all about this year.

Cinched-In/Tailored Blazer


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We've seen oversize blazers reign supreme over the last few seasons. No, the silhouette isn't going anywhere, but tailored styles with a cinched-in waist are quickly becoming a favourite to wear with everything from jeans to skirts.

Distressed Leather Jacket


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Leather jackets have always been a fashion-person staple, but it's the relaxed, distressed iterations that have the power to make any outfit feel all the chicer.

Long Slit Skirt


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Looking to refresh your skirt offering? The maxi skirt is still going strong—especially with a slit as a forward accent.

Relaxed Cable-Knit Sweater


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Keep it cozy and chic with a cable-knit sweater. This is one of those basics you just might want to live in.

Khaki/Beige Pants


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Baggy jeans are clearly another go-to for many, but loose khakis—whether dressed up or down—also feel fresh this year.

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Bobby Schuessler
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 retialers 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.