“Spicy” Basics Are the New Boring Ones—I’ll Explain With These 30

I know we inundate you on the reg with all things wardrobe basics, but can you really blame us when the pieces just keep getting better? If you’ve also noticed the rise in trendy basics, you know what we’re talking about. While perennial classic pieces will always have a spot in our closets, it’s more unique details on these staples—think cutouts and open backs—that are capturing our attention the most right now. These pieces technically qualify as basics because of their easy, versatile nature but they all have a little extra flavor to them—a sprinkle of spice if you will.

From cutouts to asymmetric necklines and waist floss, the more risqué trends of the moment have officially made their way into the basics section. Ahead, we’re highlighting 30 examples that tap into some of these trends but do it on some of the easiest-to-wear silhouettes like tanks and bodysuits. Peruse our edit to find the wardrobe refresh you were looking for.

Classic in the front, party in the back.

Elevated and exciting.

Not your average tee.

I can’t even with these beads.

I’ve seen this dress IRL and it’s even more stunning.

So much cooler than a plain button-down.

If it’s cool enough for EmRata…

Now that’s a summer ‘fit.

The white tank to end them all.

The tinier the strap, the cooler the top.

No one does the lace-up trend quite like Christopher Esber.


This neckline gives the perfect amount of “spice” to any basic ‘fit.

Your plain jeans could never.

Wear with high-rise jeans or the matching bikini bottoms.

Four words: Dion Lee on sale.

Stunning in every way.

I mean, wow.

Halter tops are trending hard right now.

I can never get enough of this color.

Because a cool LBD is a must.

It’s the chain strap for me.

Style with a blazer or cinch the waist with a cool chain belt.

The ribbed texture makes this one a standout.

100% chance of having a good workout in this.

Anything in this color qualifies as “spicy”.

I’m getting Jacquemus vibes.

Such an elegant take on cutouts.

This scrunch detail is so fun.

One last cool tank top before you go!

Up next, 9 new Nordstrom accessories our editors are already obsessed with.

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