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 oversized blazers and silk shirting to classic skirts and sensible sandals, keep scrolling to see seven influencer-loved items that you'll wear for summers to come.
1. Linen Blazers
Linen fabrics are taking over the tailoring scene right now, as they're more breathable than heavier materials. & Other Stories' beige blazer is proving to be a firm favourite amongst influencers—look for exaggerated shoulders and longline hems to nail the slouchy look.
2. Simple Basket Bags
Basket bags have been around for a few seasons now, but in 2019, things are taking a simplified turn with market baskets (the sort you'd pick up your groceries in), proving to be a hit with the sartorially blessed.
3. Ecru Jeans
Versatile and chic, it's little wonder that the sartorially blessed are trading in their vintage blues in favour of ecru shades instead. Make like Ada and Liv and pair them with a warm colour palette.
4. Velcro Sandals
"Dad" shoes are still high on the agenda right now, but instead of trainers, it's sandals that have caught our eye. Velcro straps give the straps a geeky flair, while the chunky soles make for maximum comfort.
5. RACER-BACK VESTS
Instead of fussy off-the-shoulder, ruffled tops, racer-back vests are fast becoming the most in-demand top of the summer. Wear them with casual trousers for the perfect off-duty city ensemble.
6. COTTON UTILITY JUMPSUITS
Unfortunately, us Brits can never rely on the weather to stay warm for more than an hour at a time. The solution? A cotton jumpsuit. The long trousers legs will keep the chill at bay, while the cotton fabric ensures you won't overheat should the temperature start to climb.
7. White Cotton Dresses
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.
This article was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
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