Fashion is always a microcosm of culture—economically, politically, and otherwise. At any moment in time, what’s in fashion speaks to overarching societal trends. The coronavirus outbreak, for example, has changed daily life in a multitude of ways, from self-isolation to social distancing to pledging to stay home, but this new way of life has transformed how we’re interacting with our closets too. With few social events to attend outside of Zoom get-togethers, and most work taking place from home, the days of reaching for a fashion-forward accessory or shopping the latest It bag have been largely replaced, to no surprise, with basic clothing and wardrobe essentials that put utility and comfort above all.
Fundamental pieces that previously hid at the bottom of closets, like white button-downs and blazers, are no longer afterthoughts dug up occasionally to anchor a bold outfit. As we refocus our wardrobes to meet the current times, basic pieces that both maximize comfort and keep us looking (and feeling!) polished for the day reign supreme. Here, 14 basic clothing items that will quickly become essentials this spring.
The Striped Sweater
The Camel Trench Coat
The Classic Jeans