I'm a California Girl and Rely on These Basics You Can Easily Mix and Match


(Image credit: Emily Young Photography)

Melissa Meyers is one of those women we consistently turn to for those easy yet chic outfit ideas. She currently lives in California and has perfectly mastered that elevated yet laid-back silhouette with a wardrobe full of cool, casual pieces. On that note, we wanted to get some further insight into the specific wardrobe basics she's currently wearing on repeat to build some of her signature looks.

"As a California girl for the past eight years, my wardrobe has a much more functional, casual vibe than it did when I lived in NYC," she said. "Today, I'm all about easy, mix and match pieces that can be paired with other basics in my closet to curate different looks."

She ended up sending over a list of five staples and trendier basics that she swears by because they're particularly versatile. Keep scrolling to check out the basics Meyers is all about, complete with outfit inspiration. There's a range of inspired items to shop throughout as well.



(Image credit: Emily Young Photography)

On Meyers: Michael Stars Joggers ($128)

"These have been my go-to pants of the season! I like to throw on a denim jacket to transform them from cozy on the couch to a Cali-girl, off-duty look."—Meyers

Easy Denim


(Image credit: Emily Young Photography)

On Meyers: Agolde Jeans ($198) and Paige Denim Jacket ($199)

"There is nothing more versatile than wearing denim! Since I'm into tonal dressing this season, a denim-on-denim look is super fresh."



(Image credit: Emily Young Photography)

On Meyers: Michael Stars Sweatshirt ($118)

"A lightweight sweatshirt is sometimes all you need when living in Southern California. I love to wear this one as a set or with a cute pair of jeans worn in a french-tuck and sneakers to finish off the look. The perfect outfit to run to the flower market or to do a lunch pickup."

White Tops


(Image credit: Emily Young Photography)

On Meyers: Z Supply Top ($59)

"I always say you can never have too many white tops in your closet. I love this terry sweatshirt-style with a puffed sleeve for some extra flair. It basically works with every casual piece in my wardrobe, from jeans to joggers to shorts."

Comfy Shorts


(Image credit: Emily Young Photography)

On Meyers: Michael Stars Shorts ($88)

"I love a good pair of cotton shorts, and these are soft as butter. These are perfect for wearing with a fresh white top to sit outside working on my laptop or to take a walk around my neighborhood."

Next, check out more stylish basics.

Bobby Schuessler
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 retialers 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.