Shop Like an Editor is a Who What Wear column where our managing editor, Kristen Nichols, shares her latest fashion finds.
No matter how I'm getting dressed, great basics are at the core of my wardrobe. Pieces like gold hoops, white T-shirts, and sneakers are really the building blocks for what I wear day to day—whether I'm working from home or planning outfits for anything else.
I've spent a good deal of time finding versatile wardrobe basics because they truly make getting dressed foolproof and have allowed me to build a closet of pieces I can wear over and over again. Yep, putting on an outfit each morning is remarkably easier when you really love the pieces in your closet and know you can pair them with just about anything—whether it's something comfortable or a more trend-forward look I'm testing out.
Plus, it's always compelling to me that the cost per wear for the basics I've collected is extremely low. Since I bought a pair of black high-waisted leggings earlier this year, I would estimate that I've worn them at least 20 times. At $59, that brings them to just $3 per wear. Then, take a more expensive item like the chain-link necklace I ordered at the end of last year. It's become part of my uniform and I've worn it practically every day (about 150 times) since it arrived, which brings it to less than $6 per wear. The same could be said about any of the other basics I've acquired over the years, which makes me even more convinced they're all great purchases.
Ahead, I'm breaking down my 15 holy-grail wardrobe basics—from affordable items to investment pieces to smart buys.