When it comes to trends, we’ve seen it all. In contrast to the minimalist era in which the industry has long resided, designers have recently become more experimental when it comes to our wardrobe classics by integrating skin-baring cutouts and sheer fabrics into our everyday wear.
What seemed to be a microtrend has become not so micro, especially throughout the last few seasons. The term was coined by TikToker and trend hunter Agus Panzoni, who refers to the trend as “basics that rebel up to the point of losing their utility.” Think unique cutouts, sheer fabrics and unconventional straps all tied in to one. It’s a futuristic approach to our everyday basics, from tank tops to bodysuits, loungewear and beyond.
And just how the world usually works, Instagram is going crazy over the trend. We’ve spotted influencers, bloggers and our favourite A-listers rocking the subversive basics trend in their own unique way. Now, before we give you all the looks we’ve spotted on IG, we would like to give some more context in terms of the seasons that made the most significant impact on this trend. Earlier this year, Casey Cadwaller from Mugler took their Autumn and Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear collections into all things sheer and body-contouring. We saw cutouts, asymmetrical strapping and unique sheer fabrics strutting across the runway, along with Celine and Phillip Li, who opted for one-shoulder vests and clean-cut silhouettes in a fresh and unique perspective.
These minimal fabric details give us a sense of the early ’90s where grunge-chic fabrics were at the epiphany of fashion. It’s a look that anyone can pull off and is a unique way to level up your outfit by adding a touch of edge to your basics. If this is something you’re interested in, then keep scrolling for some major inspiration ahead.