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 has taken a turn 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 last season, 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.
BY ALEXIS BENNETT
January 18, 2023
The Power Shirt
Never underestimate the power of the button-up shirt, especially an expertly tailored blue pinstripe 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 coverup. The options are endless with this reimagined classic. Turn to brands like The Frankie Shop and Anine Bing, who have both mastered the art of power casual dressing.
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 elegance 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 Sumptuous Satin Skirt
Once a trend, the slip skirt has smoothed its way over into the closet staple category—and for good reason. This hero item can be dressed up or down with sneakers or heels. And transcends seasonality. Wear it with a cozy turtleneck in the winter or a ’90s tank top in the summer. Count on labels like Reformation and Joseph to deliver the best silk and satin skirts around.
The 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 Neutral Loose-Fit Blazer
No longer only reserved for the office, the beige blazer has reached superstar status, thanks to loose-fitting designs that look equally as great paired with sweatpants, jeans, or a skirt. Count on The Frankie Shop to deliver perfectly boxy options as well as Everlane’s ’90s-inspired take.
The Pop of Color
What’s the easiest way to cure winter blues? How about a dopamine-inducing, bright sweater. The Row inspired the resurgence of our love for the classic style, but & Other Stories and Tibi make equally chic options.