Adulting Is Hard, But These 30 Zara, H&M, and Mango Items Are Making it Easier


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I'm still figuring out this whole "Adulting" thing, and I'm learning along the way. There's plenty to it, but since my job is as a fashion editor, I'm starting with taking a look at my closet and seeing what could be different. While I still love fun pieces and firmly believe that growing older does not mean wearing fewer trends and losing one's self of style, I did notice the lack of basics and elevated pieces in my wardrobe. I needed to get my hands on staples that could help me build outfits more effortlessly. Still being on a budget, I looked towards H&M, Mango, Zara, and H&M, and they most certainly delivered. 

Luckily for you, after scrolling for what seemed like hours, I curated all my picks below, and trust me, they're good. If you're in the same boat as me, or simply just want to give your basic an upgrade, then you've come to the right place. From oversized blazers to staple accessories, you'll have a sophisticated wardrobe that'll prepare you for any occasion ahead.




Assistant Market Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.