I am not always a big fan of trends. I don’t have the new Bottega bag (or a dupe), I do not own the bottom-slit leggings, and for the longest time, I had no idea I was even a Gen Zer. In my opinion, trends are simply a phase rather than a style. Thus, I tend to keep my wardrobe full of anti-trend pieces.
Anti-trend refers to fashion that is timeless—basic pieces with no frilly ruffles, electric colors, or avant-garde shapes. These are the pieces that will live in your closet for a decade, never going out of style, only to be replaced by an exact replica once it’s worn out its welcome. Whether it be a plain white T-shirt, a classic pair of straight-leg jeans, or a basic black cotton blouse, the best part about these anti-trend clothes is that they can even be paired with a trend piece. Take a pair of classic black leggings and throw on those Balenciaga sneakers or a geometric cutout top. An anti-trend can complement a trend just as easily as it can go along with the next and so on. In my hunt for more anti-trend pieces to add to my repertoire, I found that H&M, Nordstrom, and Shopbop had some of the most reliable and elevated items under $100. So save yourself time scrolling through endless pages, and look below for the best affordable anti-trend finds on the market today.