"Love Your Outfit" Compliments Are Correlated to These 3 Chic Basics

Our biggest priority when putting together a "perfect outfit” is to create a look that truly leans into our own unique styles. Of course, an ensemble that also happens to be comfortable is a bonus—so is one that garners a compliment or two from our inner circle. On that note, during one of our recent team meetings, the convo eventually led to a shopping discussion about the fall pieces we’re all particularly loving. Interestingly enough, there were three elevated basics that received the most praise given the fact that, when paired with other chic items, they often inspire those "love your outfit” compliments.

Here, we’re talking about next-level versatile items that are simple yet fashion-forward and will garner those A+ reactions. If you’re intrigued and looking to potentially add a fresh staple into your mix for the season, what’s coming your way might be of particular interest. Keep scrolling to check out the three compliment-worthy trendy basics in question, complete with styling and shopping inspiration.

1. Sweater-Vest


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"I immediately fed into the sweater-vest trend and picked up this nude one and have already styled it in so many ways. My friends complimented me on how I paired it with a summer dress to transition into fall, and they added one to their carts right away. It technically counts as a basic, but I think it elevates any outfit immediately." — Yusra Siddiqui, Assistant Market Editor

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2. Tailored Trousers


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"Trousers have been noticeably missing from my wardrobe, so I was on the hunt for a pair and immediately gravitated toward the slouchy, comfortable styles that have been popping up for fall. I've been living in this relaxed (but tailored) style because it makes me feel a bit pulled together, even if I'm just wearing it with a simple T-shirt. And every time I put them on, I always get questions about where they're from." — Kristen Nichols, Senior Fashion Editor

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3. Chic Crew-Neck Sweater


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"A simple crew-neck sweater is definitely my favorite go-to basic in my closet. Whether I am throwing it around my shoulders or tucking it into my favorite trousers, I have found that, although simple, a good sweater can really make or break your look." — Lauren Eggertsen, Senior Fashion Editor

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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated

Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.