I’m a Former Nordstrom Buyer—My Closet Wouldn’t Be the Same Without These Basics

We get in touch with Susie Wright on the regular for top-notch shopping inspiration. She certainly knows her stuff, as she has a fashion résumé that includes work as a stylist and as a former Nordstrom buyer. On that note, she once shared with us a few basics she thinks are worthy investments because they work for everyone. Well, we wanted to continue that conversation on wardrobe staples. This time around, we tapped her for insights into the fresh and fashion-forward basics she’s wearing on repeat at the moment.

In fact, Wright actually mentioned that her closet wouldn’t be the same without these elevated basics that have a little something extra. The items included in the curation are all versatile, and as a result, she styles them in many different ways to create her standout looks.

Below, you’ll find Wright’s go-to list of next-level basics along with outfit references and inspired product recommendations.

“A good trench says ‘fall,’ and wearing it with distressed denim gives it a more relaxed vibe. Try an oversize style with a hoodie, sweatpants, and cool sneakers.”

“I’m pretty much only wearing two styles—either flares or slimmer straight-leg jeans. A lighter wash is always in style, but look for a dark, rigid style. It’s the wash to add for fall.”

“I’m serious. If it’s faux leather—pants, blazers, dresses—I’m obsessed. From Zara to Nanushka, there are options for everyone.”

“I have my eye on the New Balance 327 trainers, but any retro style will work. Classic sneakers are making a comeback for sure! Stylish but practical, they can even replace your boots right now.”

“You should never be without a black blazer, and a slightly oversize style is everywhere. Wear it to a meeting, over a dress, or with denim and sneakers on the weekend, and you’ll always feel put-together.”

“A printed top is a fashion-girl favorite right now, and it’s an elevated piece you’ll wear from coffee to cocktails to everything in between!”

“Pretty much everyone needs a great moto jacket. Black is the obvious choice, but adding a color gives you more outfit options, too. I especially love them over dresses—so chic and works any time of year.”

Next, check out more chic basics.