9 Wardrobe Staples Fashion Girls Around the World Wear Constantly

Thanks to Instagram (especially since street style took a long hiatus during the pandemic), we have the ability to see what people around the world the instant they post it. It's had a massive effect on personal style in many ways, but for the purpose of this story, we're talking about one way in particular, and that is that we're influenced by what people in vastly different locations wear, whether we realize it or not.

Needless to say, our shopping habits and the contents of our closets have become similar in many ways. As fashion editors, we're constantly on the lookout for these similarities, hence the season for this story. Below, we've highlighted nine wardrobe staples that women around the world have in common, proving their utility. Scroll to shop them for yourself and see women from Paris to Portland wearing them on their feeds.


Oversize Button-Down (Spotted in London, England)
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Oversize button-down shirts can be styled in countless ways and suit countless style aesthetics, making them universally loved.

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Special LBD (Spotted in Portland, OR)
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Fashion girls favor special LBDs over simple ones, and Instagram proves that chic black dresses are in the closet of pretty much every one of them.

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Pleated Trousers (Spotted in Montreal, Canada)
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Pleated trousers have proven to be wildly versatile and can be paired with everything from a sweater to a crop top to a blazer, hence their popularity around the globe.

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Retro Sneakers (Spotted in Milan, Italy)
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Sneakers are obviously a wardrobe staple, but sneaker trends tend to come and go. That said, retro sneakers seem to be sticking around.

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Chunky Knitwear (Spotted in Hamburg, Germany)
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Cozy and chic knitwear is a wintertime staple everywhere. There's just no substitute for it, so stocking up on sweaters has become a seasonal must from NYC to the Netherlands.

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Chic Puffer (Spotted in New York, NY)
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While a warm puffer may apply more to people who live in climates that get cold, in those chilly locations around the world, it's the coat style of choice on the coldest of days.

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Baggy Jeans (Spotted in Austin, TX)
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Sure, denim trends change frequently, but now that fashion girls everywhere have discovered the comfort that is baggy jeans, you can pretty much consider them a staple at this point.

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Breton Striped Sweater (Spotted in Paris, France)
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Although Breton striped sweaters are especially trendy this fall and winter, they're always a thing, and it's not just French girls who love them.

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Chunky Loafers (Spotted in Copenhagen, Denmark)
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Loafers are the flat shoe style that never dies. Style-minded people everywhere have realized that chunky loafers are the specific style they can't live without. 

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Next up, these are the Who What Wear team's favorite basics.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.