Welcome to the Shopping List series, a Who What Wear column that highlights the items that I have my eye on at the moment—from affordable finds to investment buys.
As a fashion editor, I constantly have my eye on the latest emerging brands, trends that are gaining traction, and new items that are dropping at retailers. It's my job to bring you the coolest finds and special pieces I think deserve a place in your wardrobe, which is why I'm rounding all of them here in a column dedicated to the pieces I would personally put my money behind.
I also have a specific take on style that blends my penchant for minimalism on some days and maximalism on others, so you'll find styles across the board here. The common thread? A mindset for supporting amazing design talent and only investing in pieces I plan on wearing for years to come. Here, let me take you on a virtual shopping trip where I'll highlight all of the pieces I think are worthy of adding to your cart.
Shop my picks:
Exposed bras will be one of the biggest trends this spring. I'll personally be wearing a pretty satin bra layered underneath a suit (like the above) and have my eye on this one.
I have plenty of great black bags but recently I’ve been wanting to add a bit more color. This piece is the perfect touch of subtle color that will fit in with my wardrobe of neutrals.
Yep, great shapewear is a personal essential for formfitting dresses.
These vintage Manolos would already be in my cart if they were my size.
I could not be more obsessed with these padded heels. Now, I just need to decide which color to buy them in.
Cashmere for $80? Yes, please. I'd style this with anything from leather shorts to jeans.
I'm headed to a black-tie wedding soon, and this is the ultimate dream dress to wear to it.
I own the necklace version of this (and it's epic), so now want the matching bracelet.
I've had a leather blazer on my wish list for months now, and I think it's finally time to take the plunge. I spotted this one from Michael Lo Sordo on Lisa Aiken during fashion month and it's simply perfection.
Hello, dress of my dreams. I love Australian brand Aje and this puff-sleeved dress with side cutouts is just stunning.
Prediction: Sarong-style skirts in elevated fabrics like satin are about to blow up. This Topshop one is on my list to order, but also this Khaite one that's available for preorder.
Why, yes, I'm very on board with the sweatsuit trend that's happening right now.
Shop the matching French Terry Sweatpants ($88)
The newly launched Who What Wear Collection shoes are epic and I can't wait to get these strappy pumps to wear to the office.
Young Frankk is a brand I recently discovered for amazing (and affordable) jewelry.
Admittedly, I've been resistant to wearing leggings outside the gym, but I've been seeing so many great outfits with split-front versions recently. These ones from Wardrobe.NYC are perfection.
Esse Studios is one of my favorite emerging brands, and its latest collection is flawless. These wide-leg pants are gorgeous. I'll be wearing them with the knit tube top it's styled with here.
Recently launched shoe brand Porte & Paire has amazing takes on the coolest trends of the moment at under $300.
While I own a few slip skirts already, this one feels truly special with the waist ties—tapping into cool style from the '90s.
In my opinion, A.W.A.K.E. Mode can do no wrong. I have been telling everyone about the brand since I saw its runway show last year and just invested in this stunning peplum jacket that I wore to MFW. Next on my shopping list from the brand? This pastel blue top that taps into the disco-collar trend that's huge right now.
Leather turtlenecks are something I've been spotting in Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's wardrobe, so now I've had my eye on adding this one into my closet.
Latex was one of the biggest trends at Paris Fashion Week (just look to the Saint Laurent runway), so I suddenly need these.
I pretty much live in jeans and this is the most incredible top to pair with them.
I spotted both Giorgia Tordini and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wearing Birkenstocks, so naturally, I need them now.
Tove is an emerging label I have my eye on right now that strikes the balance between minimal and luxe pieces (like this beautiful set).
Shop the matching Leone Top ($390)
Oversize sunglasses are everywhere, and I love the '70s vibe of this pair from Vehla. So. Chic.
Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.