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Ready for a fresh batch of wardrobe basics? As we sink our teeth into 2021, it’s only natural that we sit down to discuss the upcoming styles that will dominate for 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style cycles which is why we’re about to highlight the freshest basics of the moment and, consequently, which now feel outdated.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 while 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or are simply curious to see which styles are hitting their expiration dates, look no further than the below six outdated basics and which pieces are replacing them. 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 which feel so fresh and happen go well with basically any shoe style.

Every closet needs a few solid T-shirts and I think it’s these boyfriend tees with a relaxed, lived-in look that 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 and straight-leg leather pants are the fresher version 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 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.

Next up: The 7 Shoe Trends That Will Define 2021.


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