There are a few celebrities I consistently turn to for style inspiration and sartorial amusement—Jennifer Lopez is toward the top of my list. Sure, I'm enamored by her iconic red carpet looks (green Versace dress and all), but it's actually her street style looks I gravitate toward on the regular thanks to their inherently cool and fashion-forward nature. And while many of said looks feature bold, statement pieces, there's often a seemingly more "basic" piece to balance out her ensembles.
After scrolling through a range of recent J.Lo photos, I came to the conclusion that we actually share some similarities when it comes to the basics that act as anchors to many of our looks. And honestly, if I had the privilege of spending an afternoon shopping with the A-lister, I bet she'd actually be into the fresh, next-level staple items that I'm into right now.
So to have a little fun, I rounded up the seven modern basics I think J.Lo would love, based on similar items she's worn over the past year. And of course, I shopped each inspired must-have as well.
1. Modern Blazer
While J.Lo always looks elegant, it’s her suiting, in particular, that I often turn to for those especially polished outfit ideas. She wore this cropped blazer here in 2019, but I bet she’d also be interested in the very-right-now slouchy blazer silhouettes.
On Lopez: Monika Chiang boots
2. Straight-Leg Jeans
When it comes to denim, J.Lo has worn a variety of skinny and straight-leg styles. I’m all about the slightly distressed silhouettes at the moment, and I’m sure J.Lo would be up for trying my favorites this season as well.
On Lopez: Max Mara coat; Valentino bag; Buscemi shoes; Privé Revaux sunglasses
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J.Lo often steps out in simple yet impactful sweaters. Given her interest in drapey knits like this stunner, she’d probably be interested in the plethora of basic yet gorgeous wrap sweaters out in the market right now.
On Lopez: Sally LaPointe top and pants; Hermès bag
4. Maxi Coats
Photo:Robert Kamau/Getty Images
If there’s one coat style J.Lo seems to wear more than others, it’s the maxi coat. Sure, she clearly has a wide variety in her arsenal, but trust that she’d be all about the fresh range of duster coats out there this winter.
On Lopez: Monse dress; Jimmy Choo pumps
5. Leather Trousers
I’d consider leather trousers (a massive 2019 trend) to essentially be a basic at this point because they can be paired with anything—similar to other standard pant styles like khakis or black trousers. J.Lo recently wore a forward pair of pleated leather pants and therefore would probably be okay with me suggesting the cool, cropped picks I’m gravitating toward right now.
As you’ll see just in a few of the J.Lo street style images in this story, she often wears lightweight turtlenecks as a layering staple or as a sleek must-have worn alone with jeans. This winter, it’s all about the classic black and white turtlenecks but also the more statement-making printed styles as well.
On Lopez: Valentino bag; Alexander McQueen Oversize Sole Sneakers ($490)
7. Elevated Knits
Okay, statement-making sweaters aren’t necessarily a basic, per se, but those styles with a little flair (like J.Lo’s iteration here) could be considered a next-level basic in that they can be mixed and matched with other staple separates. I’m particularly into the puff-sleeve knits right now, and I bet J.Lo would be open to testing them out given that she’s worn upgraded sweaters in the past.
On Lopez: Sally LaPointe sweater and trousers; Jimmy Choo pumps