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 oversize blazers and silk shirting to classic skirts and sensible sandals, keep scrolling to see seven influencer-loved items that you'll wear for years to come.
1. Oversize Blazer
Supersized silhouettes are taking over the tailoring scene right now, with Zara's khaki blazer proving to be a firm favorite amongst influencers. Look for exaggerated shoulders and longline hems to nail the slouchy look.
2. Simple Shoulder Bag
The '90s mood is sticking around into spring/summer 2019, and the easiest way to tap into the trend is with a simple shoulder bag in black leather.
3. Ecru Jeans
Versatile and chic, it's little wonder that the sartorially blessed are trading in their vintage blues in favor of ecru shades instead. Make like Ada and Liv and pair them with a warm color palette.
4. Velcro Sandals
Dad shoes are still high on the agenda right now, but instead of sneakers, sandals have caught our eye. Velcro straps give the straps a geeky flair, while the chunky sole makes for maximum comfort.
5. Silk Shirt
Good shirting can make any outfit look polished, particularly, when it's of the silk variety. Wear yours untucked with wide-leg trousers and trainers like Alice for a grungy spin.
6. Beige Midi Skirt
Midi skirts are often regarded as prim, but those in utility fabrics and neutral tones are becoming an integral part of the minimalist uniform. A white shirt is a perfect accompaniment, as is a crew-neck sweater.
7. White Cotton Dress
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 post originally ran on Who What Wear UK.