5 Cool Basics I'm Wearing Everywhere From Work to Dinner Right Now

If I wrote you a list today of all the fashion basics you should own, it would probably look pretty similar to the same list I could have written you five or even 10 years ago. The thing is, while what we consider "the essentials” doesn’t really change, the clout and relevance of individual items do increase and minimize, often quite significantly, over time. That’s how we end up with certain basics that feel, at times, as important as trend pieces, with others act more as backup cast members.

So what are the cool basics I’m living in at the moment? You’re about to find out. There’s a little suiting, a bag moment, boots (naturally), and of course a lot of styling inspiration below, too. Whether it’s for work, weekends, or nights out, just keep scrolling to read about the five pieces I’ve been living in lately, and shop my picks along the way.

1. Oversize Blazers

Oversize blazers are the sartorial gift that keeps on giving in that they look good with everything—even sweatpants—and the options just keep getting better with each new season.


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(Image credit: Szymon Brzóska/The Style Stalker)

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2. Button-Downs

Whether they're worn under a jacket with the collar out, layered in an interesting way, or on their own, button-downs are suddenly back on every fashion girl's radar—myself included. 


(Image credit: Szymon Brzóska/The Style Stalker)


(Image credit: Szymon Brzóska/The Style Stalker)

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3. Knee Boots

I love a shoe trend that looks polished for work and still cool for a nighttime engagement, and that's just what the knee-boot revival promises. Whether you style them with trousers, jeans, skirts, or dresses, you can't go wrong. 


(Image credit: Szymon Brzóska/The Style Stalker)


(Image credit: Szymon Brzóska/The Style Stalker)

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4. Trench Coats

Whether it's a leather trench or a checked style, I've been living in this recently revived staple and will only continue to lean on it more when spring comes and I don't have to layer under them to stay warm. 


(Image credit: Szymon Brzóska/The Style Stalker)


(Image credit: Szymon Brzóska/The Style Stalker)

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5. Big Bags

As a longtime devotee to the mini bag, I never thought I'd be wearing big hobos and oversize clutches again, let alone out to dinner, but the new wave of oversize handbags just feels so fresh it's hard to resist.


(Image credit: Szymon Brzóska/The Style Stalker)


(Image credit: Szymon Brzóska/The Style Stalker)

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Next: nine basic outfits our editors wear over and over again.


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.