Sorry, But These 6 Basics Are Officially Over

Ready for a fresh batch of wardrobe basics? As we settle into the last quarter of 2021, it’s only natural that we sit down to discuss the upcoming styles that will dominate for the season and the year ahead. Even though basics tend to have a much longer shelf life than seasonal trends, they do also go through style cycles, which is why I’m about to highlight the freshest basics of the moment and, consequently, which ones now feel outdated.

I think you’ll agree with me when I say that items like mesh leggings are now safely a thing of the past and that others like bike shorts are nearing their end dates. Of course, these are simply my opinions based on what I’ve been noticing in the fashion world, and you should always feel free to wear whatever you please. But if you’re looking for some guidance for your next closet clean-out or are simply curious to see which styles are hitting their expiration dates, look no further than the six outdated basics and the pieces that are replacing them below. You’d even be wise to start shopping for your next restock now.

In terms of legging trends, I think it’s safe to say that mesh-panel leggings are now a thing of the past. Instead of the “risky” see-through look, I’m seeing a lot more slit leggings that feel so fresh and happen to go well with basically any shoe style.

Every closet needs a few solid T-shirts, and I think these boyfriend tees with a relaxed, lived-in look are the most notable right now. Alternately, distressed and cutout tees seem to be on the way out.

Sorry, skinny leather pants, these looser shapes are replacing you. Wide-leg and straight-leg leather pants are the fresher versions of this winter staple that look updated but are just as easy to style. Pants and jeans in general are becoming more relaxed, so it’s no surprise that these are quickly gaining traction, too.

Let’s talk about loungewear. Luxurious knit sets are everywhere we look these days, particularly when they involve knit shorts. And what could be better than something that’s as comfy as it is cute? While bike shorts are still one of my go-to items for warm-weather workouts, I don’t see them as a must-have basic anymore.

Suiting separates have been around for a minute now, but this year, we’re about to see one specific item take hold. I’m calling them puddle trousers. The runways confirm that these extra-relaxed and slouchy trousers will reign supreme, indicating an end to skinny cigarette trousers.

Is it 2021 or 1981? Based on the array of throwback sneakers we’re seeing right now, it might as well be the latter. With gummy tread soles and neutral suede fabrics, these are set to be the biggest sneaker trend of the year, which only solidifies that clunky grandpa sneakers are on the way out.

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