Selena Gomez's Stylist Says These Are Summer's Best Basics—Period


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Is it just me, or does shopping for anything become exponentially harder when you put the word summer in front of it? Summer dresses, summer sandals, summer basics… You get the gist, right? Unlike in other seasons where layering is an option and you’re generally more, well, clothed, in the warmer months, it feels like there’s so much riding on so few pieces. Every item you wear has to be individually perfect or what’s even the point?

If, much like the temperature, your stress level is slowly rising, take a breather because nailing your summer style is about to get unbelievably easy. Seeing as basics are the backbone of any enviable wardrobe, we reached out to celebrity stylist Kate Young (whose clients include Selena Gomez, Sophie Turner, Margot Robbie, Sienna Miller, and more) to give us the lowdown on which are the best of the best. As expected, she delivered. Whether you’re looking for new items to sprinkle in or need to update a good portion of your closet, she’s got the affordable finds and investment pieces for you.

From the T-shirt that won’t untuck on you to the sunglasses she personally perfected to the best shoes and even some bonus items such as her favorite carry-on luggage and sunscreen for your next trip, simply continue on to see, read about, and shop Kate Young’s favorite summer essentials.

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Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2024, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch Summer House.