I'd Skip Every Major Trend in Favor of These 8 Cool Basics

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I'd Skip Every Major Trend in Favor of These 8 Cool Basics

Not to sound like a broken record, but we need to talk about wardrobe basics. If you're a regular Who What Wear reader, you already know we report on, discuss, and shop the best closet staples all day long, but pardon me if I bring them up again here. You see, now that I'm fully immersed in my fall wardrobe, I've found myself skipping plenty of bigger trends in favor of these classic pieces.

It's not just any basics I'm favoring, though. The fresh batch that fall 2021 is serving up has a little something extra, whether that be a boxier blazer, a pair of slouchy jeans, or retro-inspired sneakers. It's true that basics tend to be less tied to the whims of the trend cycle than traditional seasonal trends, but the cool fall basics you're about to see below feel very much of-the-moment—so much so that they're really the only items I'm excited to wear right now. Trends, who?

If there's a single item I can recommend that will up your style game immediately, it's a boxy blazer. Whether you throw it on top of something casual or polished, it's the always-looks-good outfit enhancer that makes any wardrobe feel complete. 

I won't say I'm fully trading in my jeans for leather trousers, but I will say I haven't worn jeans as much since acquiring a pair of these cool pants. What can I say—they're *the* moment.

There's nothing not to love about these versatile, easy, and polished oversize poplin shirts. Buy one in every color if you're smart.

Welcome to the era of the miniskirt. If the most recent runways were any indication, hemlines are creeping ever higher, and micro miniskirts are quickly becoming the trendy basic to have on lock. Plus, they're excellent fall layering pieces.

I've waxed poetic about the New Balance 550 sneakers before, but beyond the much-hyped pair lies a trove of retro-inspired kicks that are my favorite basic shoes to wear right now.

Knee boots are one of those things that was once a trend but that I now consider to be a full-blown closet staple. 

Nineties-inspired shoulder bags are another item that has become a staple in my wardrobe despite it once being a trend I dabbled in. They fit everything I need them to and are the perfect addition to any day or nighttime look. The versatility is truly unmatched.

Next up: Let's Do a Denim Deep Dive: Every 2021 Jeans Trend You Need to Know About

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The 30 Mango Fall Finds Our Editors Can't Stop Texting About

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The 30 Mango Fall Finds Our Editors Can't Stop Texting About

Mango has always been on my fashion radar, but it wasn't till its 2021 fall drop that I realized that I may have been sleeping on the Spanish retailer for longer than I should have. What started off as product research for a story ended in me adding a few things to my cart and, of course, immediately texting my co-workers about it. I like to think we share minds here at Who What Wear, which was proven by my fellow editor Anna LaPlaca quickly responding to my texts with what was on her wish list because she also is obsessed with Mango's latest collection. If you want to see the proof, I've attached the texts below so you can see we take our jobs (and shopping) very seriously. 

Don't worry—we're not just keeping the excellent finds for ourselves. Mango truly understood this season's assignment, and its latest arrivals include things anyone would want in their fall wardrobe. The proof is in the pudding, so do yourself a favor and keep scrolling.

If you're looking for the shirt Anna had on her wish list above.

I'm not a wedge person, but I'll be one for these.

Okay, Mango—I see you.

Kelly green is the color that won't stop giving.

You'll definitely want the matching cropped blazer.

If you think plain button-downs are boring, try this one.

Sporty spice.

Chunky-loafer season is here.

Clogs are the "ugly" shoes the fashion set is loving right now.

A wardrobe staple.

Yes, this has already been delivered to me, and I plan on wearing it tomorrow.

You probably have enough black boots, so why not try a cream option?

The ultimate fall pants.

It's almost like the bottoms of these heels are dipped in leather.

Layer this over anything. T-shirts, button-downs, dresses, it'll go with it all. Trust me.

Add small hints of color to your neutral outfits this season.

Like I said in my texts, how much checkered is too much checkered? I think the limit does not exist.

This skirt makes all the statement you need.

I always keep my blazers on rotation in the colder months.

How beautiful is this subtle color palette?

Over-the-knee styles are back and better than ever.

A timeless coat you'll rely on often.

Live out your cottagecore dreams in the fall.

How cool is this print?

If you don't own a slouchy black blazer, you should consider adding one to your arsenal.

For the extra-chilly days.

If you want to change things up from your regular gold chain necklace.

I'll be sticking to the fluffy side.


Cargo-style pants are the comfy trousers on the rise right now. Next, Shop 29 of This Week's Best New Arrivals

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