I Lead a Fashion Department—These Are the Versatile Items We All Wear

As one of the heads of our fashion editorial department here at WWW, I lead a lot of meetings (albeit virtually for the most part). Often, after we complete the necessary agenda items (whether that’s a brainstorm or a story run-through), the conversation will naturally lead to shopping and what’s currently at the front of our closets. This probably doesn’t come as much of a shock given that we’re all fashion editors. Well, recently, everyone weighed in on the elevated basics they’re coveting. Of course, there was a lot of overlap.

We discovered there are essentially five versatile items everyone on the team owns and won’t give up for a while. I’m talking about everything from a specific denim cut to an of-the-moment shirting silhouette. Keep scrolling for a deeper dive, complete with styling references from various team members and shopping picks. 

1. Oversize Shirts


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The oversize shirt continues to reign supreme as a modern staple. In terms of colors, our favorites run the gamut—everything from classic white to saturated hues to lighter shades.

2. Loose Jeans


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Straight-leg jeans will always be go-tos, but the more relaxed silhouettes are front-runners among the team for that of-the-moment vibe.

3. Leather Trousers


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Elevated basics are key to a well-balanced wardrobe, and leather trousers are a must-have in this category. That ideal pair will bring an elevated, luxe feel to any ensemble.

4. Oversize Blazers


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Our editors unanimously agree that a slouchier blazer is a wardrobe essential. That A+ style is polished, modern, and chic.

5. Trench Coats


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In terms of true spring staples, a trusty trench won't fail. Currently, it's all about the longline styles that we're all gravitating toward.

Next, check out more spring shopping picks.

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.