My 58-Year-Old Aunt is My Style Icon—Here’s Her Impressive New Shopbop Wishlist

For as long as I can remember, my aunt has always had the most interesting style. Whether she was marching to the beat of her own drum or jumping on the latest trends, there was never a doubt in anyone’s minds that she was going to be the best dressed in any room she walked into. Naturally, her love of personal style and all things fashion trickled on down to me and here I am years later writing about all the above for a living. 

Since my aunt’s friends are constantly asking her where she bought certain items, I figured some of you might have similar inquiries, which is why I decided to ask her for her most up-to-date Shopbop wishlistShopbop is one of her go-to retailers for everything from designer finds to affordable basics. We often text each other links to new items we’re eyeing and today, you get a sneak peek into what our conversations look like, just in the Who What Wear story format versus our frantic texts.

Below, you will find her comprehensive list of must-have Shopbop items along with her quotes on why she loves each item. If you weren’t in the mood to shop before, you certainly will be by the time you’re done scrolling. 

“Love this printed colorful dress for spring. The neckline reveals enough skin to make it fun without feeling too youthful!”

“I’m always looking for a good basic layer with interest. This square neck long sleeve Tee just went in my cart.”

“I for one am grateful that the skinny jean has lost its prominence. For my build and age, I prefer a classic straight jean with minimal or no distressing, in a medium wash (similar to the Levi 501’s I grew up with, circa the 1970s). These Paige jeans check all the boxes for me. Plus, the length is perfect for literally any type of shoe.”

“A plaid and neutral blazer is a very versatile piece. For an elevated sporty weekend look, I would style it with a bright-colored pullover sweater, white jeans, sneakers, and a baseball cap.”

“A chunky loafer pairs well with anything and keeps a classic outfit updated. The contrast stitching and scalloped tongue add an unexpected twist.” 

“This dress is so elevated and stylish and admittedly pricey. The creative neckline and slit sleeves set this dress apart. If you have a special occasion this spring or summer, consider splurging!”

“This color block cardigan is so versatile. It can be worn alone for a dressier look or worn open over a graphic tee and jeans.” 

“Although this top has a lot going on it still has a cool subtle vibe. The soft ruffling and color palette makes it so pretty. The hip-length boxy cut looks great untucked, but I have to say I think it is perfectly styled in the photo, mixed with a funky pant and fun boot.”

“I love everything Birkenstock! This version with the contrast stitching is just so cool.”

“I am a sucker for a fun sleeve detail plus, this tangerine color is so fresh for spring/summer.”

“I love the color combination of the warm and cool tones in this plaid. This set is so smart together and great as separates as well.”

“This oversized white button-up shirt (I’d wear as a shirt, not a dress) is a cool take on the traditional version. I would style it with ankle-length jeans and cute flat colorful or patterned shoes.”

“I recently purchased this beautiful blue top and I’m in love. It is lightweight and easy to layer under a blazer. It also looks great with jeans and sneakers or a pencil skirt and heels. The elastic smocking, front bows, and ruffled hem and sleeves add a sweet feminine touch to any look.”

“My sweet nephew bought these for me for Christmas (I did send him the link). Veja sneakers are one of my favorites because they are not overly busy or complicated. This pink color is great for any season, especially spring and summer, but you can’t go wrong with any color choice.” 

“A pair of statement earrings I’m loving.” 

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