After blowing up on TikTok, subversive basics have made their debut in mainstream fashion. Subversive basics are usually in neutral tones, and are elevated and modern basic pieces that are easy to style. Some of the most notable features of subversive basics are negative space, mesh and cut-outs.
This style of wardrobe basics is well deserving of its popularity. It is known for being extremely accessible, many people showing you can DIY your own existing pieces to elevate them. There are also many designers showing us how to really curate and style these pieces.
Based in New York, Clarissa created her range of ‘tangled bodysuits’ while describing the style as ‘intelligent sensuality’. Her pieces include layered mesh and exposed skin to give a little more dimension to otherwise more basic pieces. It is said that the aim of these creations is to highlight the body in an empowering way. With inspirations from Mugler, these pieces definitely give us high fashion in a wearable way.
Originally founded as a swimwear brand in 2018, Isa Boulder gives us intricate styles with flattering silhouettes and cut-outs. Developing subversive basics even more, all the way to swimwear and knitwear. Some of Isa Boulder’s most iconic pieces are the mesh knitwear collections. Pieces perfect for laying and styling all year round.
Founded in Denmark by brothers Julius and Victor Juul, Heliot Emil has a Scandinavian style with a monochromatic colour palette. With extraordinary attention to detail, Heliot Emil pieces offer basics with the perfect amount of flare. All of the pieces in the collection have functionality in mind, meaning you can look and feel good in what you’re wearing. Subversive basics are known for being able to style and wear them in many different ways and Heliot Emil allows just that. From outerwear to casual wear and accessories, there’s so many options to add elevated basics to your wardrobe.
Written by Abby Ashenhurst
Digital content executive @ Elemntz