I'm a VIP Stylist at Nordstrom—These Basics Are the Most Fashionable

Sandy Koszarek has a breadth of shopping and styling knowledge. After all, she is a VIP stylist at one of the top retailers out there—ahem, Nordstrom. Her day-to-day job consists of helping her clients explore their personal style by testing out and shopping the collections and brands available at Nordy. In fact, she recently shared the fall trends she’s been suggesting to her clients as they’ve been trying on various pieces. Next up, we thought there could be interest in learning about the staple basics she also recommends on a regular basis because of their fashionable and versatile nature.

She mentioned that there are so many great next-level basics she loves because they act as foundational pieces in her favorite looks that she styles. There are seven elevated basics, in particular, that she considers front-runners. Keep scrolling to uncover the pieces in question, along with outfit inspiration and a range of shopping recommendations. You just might find a fresh item or two to add to your wardrobe.

1. Blazer


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"I love the style and versatility of relaxed blazers. Try layering over a T-shirt or add a lightweight sweater for an elevated look."

2. White Blouse

"One of my favorite basics is a button-down blouse. It's classic and chic when styled with your favorite denim. Try the classic button-down but venture out and try an oversize style or one with a modern collar and sleeve detail too."

3. Straight-Leg Jeans


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"As much as I like skinny jeans, I love the looser fit of high-waisted, straight-leg denim. This classic denim is easy to style with any boot, loafer, or retro sneaker."

4. Loafers

"With fall weather here, I think about back-to-school shoes, and this season, it's all about chunky loafers. Try wearing a pair of sheer ankle socks for an update on a schoolyard classic."

5. Cozy Sweater


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"Fall is my favorite season because I get to wear cozy sweaters! I recommend wearing a cashmere or cable-knit sweater in a neutral palette to elevate your look."

6. Denim Alternative

"Everyone needs a denim alternative in their wardrobe. I recommend one that fits your current lifestyle. Try a trouser style, cropped flare, straight leg, or faux-leather jogger."

7. Tote Bag


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"When you are out for a long day, you need a handbag to carry more than just the essentials. I recommend taking a classic tote; it's structured and will hold all you need while still looking chic."

Next, check out more chic basics to consider.

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.