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In the age of new drops and limited-edition collaborations, it’s refreshing to see that in 2023, the biggest trends are barely discernible at all. Forget logos and statement-makers; under-the-radar, classic style staples are having a moment. We’re calling it the non-trend trends—pieces that can’t be dated to a particular season, don’t scream a particular designer’s name, and, most importantly, have everlasting appeal.
Fashion continues its journey down the minimalist road, where something as simple as a plain shirt or a pair of classic straight-leg jeans reign supreme. Both of those closet essentials reached new heights on the runway for a few seasons, from Bottega Veneta’s deceptively chic leather iterations to the effortlessly polished finishing touches at The Row. If there were ever a time to adopt the old adage less is more, it certainly feels like now.
Of course, there are so many brands redefining modern simplicity, which means it can be hard to discover the best of the best. But—like we always do—we’re making it easy to shop all of the pared-back trends. Ahead, you’ll discover the classic styles having a moment, plus several ways to incorporate each “trend” into your closet. Read on to unearth and shop the need-to-know non-trend trends.
The Universally Flattering Shirtdress
Getting dressed has never been easier, thanks to the allure of a one-and-done frock. High street labels like Everlane and Banana Republic make affordable options to buy in multiples, while Tory Burch and Norma Kamali nail the investment pieces that’ll withstand the test of time.
The Staple Shirt
Never underestimate the power of the button-up shirt, especially an expertly tailored design. This is the versatile wardrobe item that could literally take you from the beach to the office. Wear it with a pleated pair of trousers or allow it to work overtime as a cover-up. The options are endless with this reimagined classic. You’ll score bonus points if you leave a few buttons at the bottom unbuttoned just like the street style set. Turn to brands like The Frankie Shop and Raey, who have both become favorites in the Vogue offices.
The Anonymous Bag
Quiet elegance is the name of the game. If you’re looking for a guilt-free handbag purchase, turn to the understated command of The Row or the austere chicness of Khaite. Their timeless designs will never go out of style and can work with an endless number of outfits.
The Relaxed Straight Jean
Yes, there’s still a rallying debate over skinny vs. baggy, but the true winner is the straight-leg jean. The not-too-tight, not-too-slouchy fit is the undeniable silhouette to keep stocked in your closet, especially Zara’s TikTok viral design and Agolde’s classic winner.
The Fit-to-Perfection Blazer
No longer only reserved for the office, the blazer has reached superstar status, thanks to modern ways to style them. They look equally as great paired with sweatpants, jeans, or a skirt. Count on Altuzarra to deliver waist-cinching details as well as Wardrobe NYC’s cool-girl-approved take.
The Not-So-Basic Flat
There’s no denying the chic finish of a barely there flat that fits like a glove. The Row has mastered the easy-going slip-on moment and so has Repetto with its slipper-like take on the dainty shoe.
The Classic Cardi
As the temperatures begin to change, we’re relying on cardigans not only to keep us warm but to add a runway-approved touch to our looks. Miu Miu was the hero brand that made the humble knits feel cool again, but there are several affordable options to shop and stock up on.
The Sleek Overcoat
Wrap up in style with a longline overcoat. Not only is the non-trend trend functional, but it’ll ensure you’re outfit is topped off for sartorial success. Look to Mango for oversized silhouettes or Proenza Schouler for a closer fit.