Our wardrobes are primarily made up of three key sections: trendy items, basics, and classic go-tos. In essence, all three play an equal role in helping us develop our personal looks. And while we often focus on the trend pieces (these next-level shoes, for example) and the basics, we wanted to use the next few moments to dive deeper into the timeless items that are the true constants in our wardrobes given their always-in-style, versatile nature.
To give you a sense of the classic pieces our fashion editors rely on, we’re sharing the specific items that have true longevity. As in, those staples that, along with basics, have become the anchors to our signature silhouettes over the years.
Keep scrolling to scope the fashion-person classics, and if you’re shopping at the moment, we sourced inspired items as well.
1. Straight-Leg Jeans
"My vintage Levi's get more wear than anything else in my closet. The pair I love most has a high-waisted fit with a straight leg, and they're in a classic blue wash that I think will truly always be style. They're one of those staples I'll never get rid of because they're effortless but can make even basic items like a white tee look so cool. In a rut, I fall back on wearing them with a T-shirt and a blazer." — Anna LaPlaca, associate editor
2. White/Cream Turtleneck
"A white or cream turtleneck will always have exceptional longevity for me. Enough so that I've found it worth it to buy them from quality brands like Theory so you can avoid a baggy neck. I wear them layered under dresses, button-downs, and crew-neck sweaters and of course on their own. They add a little sophistication to my outfit. Just add jeans (or lounge pants while we're staying at home) and a nice belt!" — Kat Collings, editor in chief
3. Plaid Blazer
"A plaid blazer is my favorite timeless piece. Comfort is always key for me, so I prefer it to be a tad oversize so it doesn't feel stiff. Nowadays, you can throw it on for a Zoom meeting, but otherwise, it's perfect to wear to work because it dresses up jeans. I wear mine with band tees to give it a little personality." — Erin Fitzpatrick, senior news editor
4. White Tee
"I can't count the number of white tees I own. I wear them almost every day. Nowadays, mostly with sweats and oversize cardigans. I like relaxed, crew-neck styles the most. Hanes's Nano T-shirt from Amazon is one of my favorites in terms of style, silhouette, and comfort. Plus, it's not see-through. Not too shabby for $6!" — Judith Jones, market editor
5. Moto Jacket
"I consistently rely on a moto jacket to bring a chic and cool twist to my looks. This Mackage style is my go-to given its timeless silhouette. A quality pick like this is an investment piece, but the versatile nature gives it a strong cost-per-wear value in my book." — Bobby Schuessler, senior market editor
6. White Button-Down Shirt
"Few basics can be dressed up or down as easily and effectively as a white button-down shirt. (In case you forgot, Sharon Stone even wore one to the 1999 Oscars.) Lately, I've been leaving the bottom few buttons unbuttoned to give it more of a modern feel." — Allyson Payer, senior fashion editor
7. Tweed Jacket
"Nothing makes an easy outfit feel more polished that a classic tweed blazer—whether worn with jeans like I usually wear one or with leggings like I've been getting dressed in at home for team conference calls. While I usually stick to neutrals, this is one piece that is even better in a fun color." — Kristen Nichols, managing editor
Hey, there. Bobby here. I've been working as a fashion writer in the industry for over a decade, contributing to various websites and brands such as Refinery29, Men's Health, and of course, Who What Wear. I've spent many years at Who What Wear, currently acting as the senior market editor where I source the coolest and chicest items at our favorite stores to help you, dear readers, build your version of the perfect wardrobe. While I lived in NYC and L.A. for a while, I actually now live in Boston. Sure, I've changed locations, but my fashion perspective remains the same, as I tend to reach for those classic basics with a twist (think slouchy moto jackets, trendy joggers, and the like). When I'm not writing or talking about fashion, you can often find me catching up on my favorite Bravo shows (Vanderpump Rules and The Real Houswives of New York City are my favorites) or sipping my signature cocktail—a vodka martini with a splash of cranberry and a twist.
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