I Always Get Asked "Where Did You Get That?" When I Wear These 5 Things


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Adding one of the season's heavy-hitting trends to your wardrobe is thrilling, no doubt about that. Creating cool outfits with said pieces is even better. And earning tons of compliments on them? Well, that's the fashion equivalent to winning the lottery. I know this because I own several very-specific fashion items that seem to nail this trendy and compliment-worthy trifecta. I've noticed that nearly every time I step out of the house wearing one of these, I'll earn a kind word or two from someone I encounter and since I'm pretty enamored with these pieces myself, I thought I'd share.

Below, you'll find the list of fashion trends that have consistently earned me loads of compliments and a flurry of "Where did you get that?" inquiries from friends, coworkers, and strangers alike each time I wear them. The fashion world has crowned these as veritable trends, but I can attest that they are crowd-pleasers IRL, too. From sleek leather outerwear staples to classics like pearl jewelry and a specific type of ankle boots that are having a moment, keep reading to see how I'm wearing each one and peruse my favorite versions of each.

1. Square-Toe Boots


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Wearing: Manu Atelier Lace-Up Duck Boots ($565); J Brand Jules Straight-Leg Jeans ($250)

While, yes, ankle boots are pretty basic as far as fashion items go, there's something about square-toed boots that seem to catch people's eye. I have both a plain black pair and the above lace-up one, both of which always seem to earn a few comments.

My picks:

2. Leather Outerwear


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Wearing: Remain Debbie Double-Breasted Leather Blazer ($565); Agolde High-Rise Pinch Waist Jeans ($178)

Maybe it's because the outerwear staples are statement-making or maybe it's because they happen to be trending at the moment, but there's nothing like a good leather blazer or leather trench coat to earn drove of "Where did you get that?" inquiries.

My picks:

3. Pearl Jewelry


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Pearls in and of themselves are a timeless classic but in recent years they've rebranded as a trendier piece, so whenever I wear a pearl necklace or pair of earrings, especially if they're baroque pearls, people feel the need to ask about them.

My picks:

4. Unique Bags 


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Wearing: Imago-A Lucite Buckle Shoulder Bag ($365); Essen Foundation Flats ($202)

Even if I wear a super-simple outfit, I know that if I grab a fun and unique bag on my way out the door, it will add something eye-catching to my overall look and, more likely than not, earn a few kind words.

My picks:

5. Gold Chains


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Wearing: Missoma Gold Axiom Chain Necklace ($232) and Gold Coin Necklace ($181); LHLL Cobain Crew ($174); Agolde '90s Mid-Rise Jeans ($198)

Another jewelry item! What can I say, there's nothing like great jewelry to get people talking and the other item that earns compliments for me is gold chain necklaces. I like to wear two or three at a time and stack them up for a bold effect, which always gets people asking about where I found each one.

My picks:

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.