If I Went Basics Shopping With Chrissy Teigen, I'd Push These 7 Staples

With my affinity for basic wardrobe staples (I live in solid knits, jeans, and leather jackets), I often turn to celebrities who seem to share the same classic sartorial sensibilities for outfit inspiration. While I recently dove into the must-haves I covet in Jennifer Aniston’s closet, I thought I’d shift my focus to another A-lister I draw inspo from thanks to her fashion-forward yet relatable point of view. Yep, I’m talking about Chrissy Teigen.

I'm obviously always feeling Teigen's gorgeous red carpet fits, but I’m especially into her street style. Why? The looks are essentially timeless because they span classic essentials I love like tried-and-true denim silhouettes and versatile shoe picks. 

In fact, if I had the chance to spend an afternoon shopping with her, I think she'd go for the range of fresh basic staples I'm all about right now. With that in mind, keep scrolling to check out the seven fall essentials I bet Teigen would love based on items she’s been wearing over the last year. And of course, shop each inspired must-have as well.


1. Modern Overcoat
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It’s no secret that a structured, long overcoat will add instant polish to any outfit. Teigen is obviously well aware of this (ahem, this look here). While she clearly already has a sleek camel iteration, she’d probably be down for the offering of other patterned and colorful silhouettes in the market right now also.

On Chrissy Teigen: Chloé boots; Saint Laurent sunglasses

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2. Duster Jacket
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A duster is one of those special pieces that can add an instant fashion-forward twist to even the simplest ensembles. Teigen often compliments her jean-and-tee fits with one in her off-duty life, so trust she’d definitely be down with the range of styles out there this fall.

On Chrissy Teigen: Cinq à Sept jacket; Saint Laurent hat; Balenciaga bag; Celine sandals

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3. Distressed Jeans
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While Teigen wears a variety of denim styles, she often steps out in distressed silhouettes to bring that laid-back effortlessness to her ensembles. This fall, it’s all about those straight-leg or skinny jeans in either faded black or light washes.

On Chrissy Teigen: L'Agence jeans; Givenchy bag; The Row boots

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4. Tailored Blazer
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A perfectly tailored blazer is the easiest way to look impossibly sophisticated with minimal effort. I’m particularly intrigued by the slightly slouchier jackets hitting the shelves as of late.

On Chrissy Teigen: Azzaro jacket

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5. Midi Dress
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If there’s one dress silhouette I suggest to all of my friends when they need advice, it’s an elegant midi style like the one Teigen is wearing here. While this specific stunner features statement-making tulle and fringe, I’m also loving the textured and printed options as well (Chrissy would too).

On Chrissy Teigen: Vitor Zerbinato dress; Jimmy Choo sandals

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6. Long Cardigan
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Shrunken cardigans swept the fashion world over the summer, but it’s the chunkier—often extra-long—styles I’m into at the moment (just like Teigen). I personally want to live in all the ’90s-inspired cuts popular right now.

On Chrissy Teigen: Magda Butrym cardigan; Schutz boots

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7. Mock-Neck Sweater
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Yes, turtleneck sweaters are a must for fall layering purposes, but mock-neck knits actually feel incredibly modern—similar to this style Teigen wore with an animal-print skirt last fall. While you can’t go wrong with a basic black style, pastel or vibrant picks are also worth a try.

On Chrissy Teigen: Cotton Citizen top; Proenza Schouler skirt; Jimmy Choo x Off-White boots; Balenciaga bag

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Next, check out the shoe trends Chrissy Teigen loves that are available at Nordstrom.

Bobby Schuessler
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 retialers 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.