I'm Picky When It Comes to Fashion Basics—Here Are 9 I Highly Recommend


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I'll be the first to admit that I can be picky about a lot of things, including butter (it's all about the quality), facial cleansers (not all are created equal!), and—back to the point of this story—basics. When it comes to the staples I wear every day, I am unquestionably finicky about what pieces I will and won't wear. Quality is important, but that doesn't necessarily equate to expensive. Sure, investing in a cashmere sweater is an excellent idea, but I've found plenty of affordable fashion staples everywhere from Zara to COS that fit great, feel good, and have lasted me years.

Luckily, I've had the opportunity to try and test a lot of basics working as a fashion editor, and below, I wanted to share some of the items I highly recommend along with a few that are currently on my wish list. These items not only fit beautifully and feel good on your skin, but they also exude a fashion-forward touch. Most importantly, they're versatile pieces that will become the foundation of your year-round wardrobe. 

Essential Knit Sweater


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Straight-Leg Jeans


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Oversize Button-Down Shirt


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White Tee


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Transitional Blazer


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Tailored Pants


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Staple Sneakers


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Year-Round Boots


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Classic Wool Coat


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Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.