Shop Like an Editoris a Who What Wear column where our senior editor Kristen Nichols shares her latest fashion finds.
When it comes to my personal wardrobe, I buy investment pieces on occasion but really try to focus on editing a great foundation of basics to mix into my everyday outfits. Since they’re the pieces that get the most wear, I’m very picky about which ones I add to my closet. Over the years, I’ve collected an assortment of staples—from tees to jeans to blazers—that I wear again and again and have never regretted buying. But now that I have such a great foundation of basics, I have my eye on pieces that feel just as versatile but a little more trend-forward.
To narrow in on some new trendy basics to add to my closet, I tried some on to see which ones are worth the buy. I had my eye out for pieces with cool updates that take basics a step further. A tie-front blazer? Instantly on board. A sleek, tailored jumpsuit with cuffed sleeves? I can see this on the street style scene but would also wear it at home. A crop top with long sleeves? The perfect transitional piece as we head into fall. Though I tried on 43 pieces, I landed on 15 favorites that made the cut. Here, shop the trendy fashion basics that have earned my stamp of approval.
Suiting is the ever-evolving trend that gets a new update each season. With the rise of short suits, I've been eager to hop on board and love this take that pairs a linen tie-front blazer with matching shorts. Here, I wore the set with my favorite strappy flats and gold stackable rings that you'll see styled with all of the looks ahead.
Of all of the shoes in my closet, these strappy flats from Studio Amelia are the pair I've worn most this summer. The minimal sandals have proven to be the shoe that goes with practically anything in my closet.
As you can probably tell, I'm a big fan of tie-front details at the moment. Here, I paired this top from Majorelle with the linen shorts from the suit set above. Trying on the shorts with a few different pieces, it's easy to see how versatile they are. Heading into fall, I'd style the top with a pair of high-waisted trousers, a roomy blazer, and sleek ankle boots.
This affordable top is almost like a blend of a T-shirt and a cardigan in one. I can't resist the scoop neck silhouette and ribbed finish that take it up a notch from a regular tee. Here, I paired it with slouchy trousers—a trend that happens to be one of my favorites for fall.
Even though the trend has been around for a while now, my affinity for puffy-sleeve tops seems to continue growing. This cropped version is such a cool take on a basic white top. Here, I'm wearing them with a pair of ribcage Levi's, which are an editor favorite for a reason.
Jumpsuits are always a street style favorite but it isn't until I tried this one that I found one that actually worked for me. In the past, I've tried long-sleeve versions but I think the short sleeves balance the piece out so you don't feel like you're swimming in too much fabric.
A white dress is an essential wardrobe staple but oftentimes they end up looking too bridal for me. This style is toughened up with utilitarian twill fabric and finished with puffy sleeves that you can wear over the shoulders or pushed to the sides.
Rounding out my favorite picks with yet another tie-front top. One of the biggest recent trends that I can't get enough of. Here, I paired the breezy top with wide-cut denim shorts. These Levi's are the perfect silhouette for anyone looking for a more polished take on cutoffs.