I'm a Professional Shopper, and These Are the Basics I've Told My Friends to Buy


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As someone who shops both for their job and out of a passion, you can bet my mom, friends, and sisters regularly hit me up for everything from special occasion pieces to the best basics. More often than not, it's the latter because while trends and statement pieces are important for a well-rounded wardrobe, essentials are the backbone. No closet would be complete without them. 

Of course, the better your basics, the better your outfit, so with new brands and pieces coming out every day, it's a category one could perpetually strive to improve—and strive we do. From tees, tanks, jeans, sandals, leggings, and more, below are the summer-ready pieces I currently love and constantly recommend to my friends. Ready to shop my finds? Keep scrolling. 

Next, trust me—buy these 16 things.


Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2024, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch Summer House.