9 Wardrobe Basics That Are So Much Cooler Now

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When it comes to basics, while a well-rounded wardrobe can’t really survive without them, unfortunately, the category as a whole can have a tendency to live up to its name and feel just that: basic. This is especially so if, like many of us, your day-to-day look is comprised of less "trendy” pieces and more traditional ones. So what’s the solution?

If you ask us, it’s selecting pieces that still can be used as a basic, such as a trench or slide sandal would, but simply finding a more interesting, elevated version. Luckily, that doesn’t require a major investment as far as your budget is concerned because our very own Who What Wear Collection is full of affordable items that fit the bill. From my personal favorite denim jacket to the kitten heels everyone in our office is wearing, continue on to shop the coolest versions of some of the most necessary basics out there and read a bit about them while you’re at it.

Denim Jacket

Coming in hot is my personal favorite wardrobe essential: the denim jacket. After acquiring about 10 of them over the years, I’d sworn off ever buying another one again, but this tie neck–detailed take is a rare exception.


After trying on this comfortable, effortless and button-detailed LBD (that can be worn from day to night with a simple accessory switch), you’ll never want another one.

Kitten Heels

If there’s one item in this roundup that would be voted most commonly seen around the Who What Wear office, it’s these beauties. Are you surprised though? From the color to the grosgrain material and the forward shape, even kitten heel–averse girls have to love these.


If you love your trench coat but feel like it’s time for a change, there’s no better time than spring to try something new. Enter our cropped trench with the most delicate ruffle detail. It’s the perfect everyday third piece for the months ahead.

Wrap Skirt

Why wear a basic wrap skirt when you can wear one that’s ruffled and flattering? We’re betting this will be your new favorite piece.

Crossbody Bag

Our gingham crossbody is not only versatile thanks to is printed-yet-neutral nature—it’s also multifunctional because it can also be used as a top-handle bag for those days you want to look extra polished.


What happens when you take a simple blazer, make it in a spring-ready fabric, and add a flattering built-in belt? See for yourself.

Cropped Jeans

Our embroidered cropped jeans are delicate enough for wearing on the regular while still having that special, detailed touch that makes you feel like you’re not just wearing basic jeans.


Your everyday slides no longer have to be your most boring footwear option. We took a simple slide sandal and added an of-the-moment PVC element to not only make them more flattering (because they show more of your foot), but the thicker band means they’re more comfortable too.


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.