7 Trend-Forward Basics That Will Reach Cult Status in 2021

Kristen Nichols
·4 min read

Last year, padded shoulder tees emerged as the must-own basic that you’d be sure to find in every fashion person’s closet. I personally loved the trend and have been living in them ever since I added them into my wardrobe. Easy, versatile, and stylish, they’re the piece that can really transform a simple outfit, whether you’re slipping into a pair of jeans or slouchy trousers.

Looking ahead to 2021, there's a whole new set of trend-forward basics that will be reaching cult status in no time. From tops with pretty ruched details to slouchy cargo pants to sandals with interlocking toe straps, all of these basics come with a few twists that instantly make them feel special and a little bit different from what you already have sitting in your closet. Ahead, the 7 cool, trendy basics you’ll spot on the fashion crowd in 2021.

Cutouts were one of the biggest trends on the S/S 21 runways, so it comes as no surprise that cool cutout tops are on the rise in the fashion scene. Simply paired with trousers or jeans, this instantly make whatever you're wearing a 'fit.

Shop the trend:

& Other Stories Fitted Mock Neck Cut Out Bodysuit ($49)

Khaite Vita Cut-Out Cotton Bodysuit ($1480)

Gauge81 Dunedin Cutout Ribbed Cashmere Bodysuit ($162)

Zara Overlay Rib Bodysuit ($20)

We've seen strappy sandals continue to evolve over the past few years. The latest iteration? These "tricky toe" versions which have complicated, interlocking straps at the toes. If you want to borrow a cool styling trick from the runways, add socks or a pair of tights when you wear them.

Shop the trend:

Khaite Monza Suede Sandals ($780)

By Far Edita Heels ($420)

Neous Jumel Leather Mules ($535)

Recently there's been talk (again) about the decline of skinny jeans. While I don't think I'll even abandon them entirely, baggy jeans are all I want to wear at the moment. I love the idea of styling them with a tighter piece on top, like a bodysuit or corset top.

Shop the trend:

Zara Wide Leg Full Length Ripped Jeans ($50)

Magda Butrym Pleated High-Rise Tapered Jeans ($345)

Bdg Bdg High-Waisted Baggy Jean - Medium Wash ($69)

Maison Margiela Cutout Distressed High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans ($575)

The moment I spotted the beautiful gathered pieces in Khaite's S/S 21 collecction, I knew that ruched tops were going to be one of the cult items to own in 2021. Simple yet elegant, they're a very cool update to a standard jersey tee.

Shop the trend:

The Line by K Isla Ruched Stretch-Micro Modal Bodysuit ($150)

Khaite Naya Ruched Ribbed Stretch-Jersey Bodysuit ($1880)

Reformation Esra Ruched Stretch-TENCEL Lyocell Jersey Top ($98)

Missguided Long Sleeve Bodysuit ($29)

Part of the larger slouchy trouser trend that is taking over in 2021, relaxed cargo pants are emerging as one of the key items to own this spring. With wider legs and looser proportions than styles from past years, they're the latest take on tailored utility pieces.

Shop the trend:

Zara Flowy Cargo Pants ($90)

Bottega Veneta Cotton-Canvas Wide-Leg Pants ($1350)

Forever 21 High-Rise Cargo Pants ($18)

& Other Stories Relaxed Belted Utility Pocket Trousers ($99)

Shop the trend:

Christopher Esber Ribbed-Knit Cardigan ($485)

This year, sweaters are no longer just sweaters. They've been completely reimagined. Asymmetric hemlines, midriff-baring cutouts, arm warmers—knits have been reinvented and are cooler than ever.

Zara Knit Arm Warmer Sweater ($30)

Pixie Market Crop Cardigan ($105)

The Frankie Shop Knit Shrug Set ($175)

One of the most memorable looks from the spring collections? An oversize pink button-down look at Valentino that has already been spotted on celebs like Dua Lipa. These upsized collared shirts are set to be a mainstay in fashion insiders wardrobes.

Shop the trend:

Zara Poplin Shirt ($36)

H&M Oversized Cotton Shirt ($25)

Zara Ripped Pocket Shirt ($40)

Totême Capri Cotton-Poplin Shirt ($310)

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