What’s Good: 31 New Things I Tried That I’m Recommending to Everyone

What’s Good is a Who What Wear column where senior editor Kristen Nichols shares her latest fashion and beauty finds.

As an editor, I’m always discovering new brands and trends, and often, testing out many of them myself. To share some of the latest things that have landed in my closet and makeup bag, I’m introducing my new column, What’s Good, where I’m spilling the details on all of the cool finds that I’m wearing IRL. Some are just-dropped items I couldn’t wait to try out, while others are staples I’ve had for years but think are still worth the investment.

As we head into spring, my wardrobe is in a moment of transition, so you’ll spot everything from oversize bomber jackets and knee-high boots to satin slip dresses and micro miniskirts—pieces I’m wearing to ease my way into some of the biggest trends of the season. I’m also borrowing some styling inspiration from the F/W 22 runways and celeb looks, with my own personal spin. Ahead, dive into 31 fashion and beauty editor recommendations, test-driven by me.

With a new creative director at the helm of Bottega Veneta for the F/W 22 collection, all eyes were on what Matthieu Blazy would send down the runway. His debut was terrific (more on that later) and I’m already taking styling inspiration from the show. Specifically, look 47, featuring a long satin dress with a sweater tied at the waist. To make it my own, I added a pair of sock-like knee-high boots and a satin bag.

How beautiful is this shade of blue?

The softest possible cashmere.

I can’t say enough good things about Gia Borghini’s stunning shoes.

I’ve been on the hunt for a great evening bag and this piece from Merlette is everything.

I’m perpetually on the hunt for great lip shades and have nothing but rave reviews for this liquid lipstick from Dior. It’s semi-matte so stays put, but is still rich and creamy. Oh, and the shade “100 forever nude” is the perfect ’90s-inspired hue. It’s so popular that it’s sold out practically everywhere but I found a spot where it’s still in stock.

Throughout the pandemic, I did some walking but didn’t go to any workout classes and really missed them. I recently started going to Hot Pilates in L.A. and it feels so great to get my body moving again. I’ve quickly realized that I need to get some new pieces in my workout wardrobe, though. I can’t get enough of this perfectly-cut bra and workout tights from Nike, which are truly the best leggings I’ve ever owned. I’ve also been test-driving Hoka sneakers after hearing so many incredible things about them and they really live up to the hype.

For low-impact workouts, there isn’t a better sports bra out there.

When I say these are the best leggings I own, I’m not exaggerating. They’re comfortable, easy to get in and out of, and very flattering. They just went on sale, so I’ll be stocking up.

I love the logo detail.

Practically everyone I know is wearing Hoka sneakers for their workouts and I’m the latest convert.

I wear these hoops practically every single day.

I watched a viral TikTok about how to pull off Kendall Jenner’s slicked-back bun and ordered this Tigi hair stick on the spot. It’s such a gamechanger and helps me lock down all of my flyaways.

I have a soft spot for suiting and can’t get enough of the slouchy silhouettes that are on the market right now. Frankie Shop has yet again nailed the trend to perfection, with a rich shade of charcoal grey and pieces that are tailored so well. Here, I added a baseball cap and strappy sandals to dress it down, but would also style it with pointed boots for an office look.

I also like the idea of styling this with just the trousers and no blazer.

Just the right amount of slouchy.

I want to live in this boxy blazer.

The styling possibilites are endless.

I’m wearing Studio Amelia sandals from a previous season above, but the just-dropped version are equally stunning.

Yep, another product I spotted on TikTok and ordered immediately. Hailey Beiber shared that this tinted sunscreen is part of her dewy everyday skin prep—plus it has over 11,0000 reviews on Amazon—so you know it’s good. I wanted something with a bit of coverage for days when I don’t want to wear foundation and it’s just the right amount of tint. Plus, it’s packed with SPF 40 and hyaluronic acid, so it is exactly what I want on my face every single morning.

The moment I spotted this dress from Staud, I knew I needed it in my closet. I’ve been thinking a lot about the maxi trend that dominated the S/S 22 runways, and this is the perfect piece to test-drive it with. The two-tone finish and slit make the simple lines a bit more directional, and I can imagine wearing it anywhere from a dinner to an event.

Just wait until you see the back.

I invested in a pair of Chanel slingbacks years ago and they remain one of my best purchases to date.

Whenever I want to add a healthy glow to my beauty look, I turn to this bronzing cream from Chanel. The creamy texture blends into skin so well, so I prefer it over other powders I’ve tried. I’ve had this in my makeup bag for years and am just now needing a replacement—it really lasts for a long time.

Right now, our editors can’t stop talking about the return of the bomber jacket. This time around, we’re seeing styles that are oversize and often, crafted from leather. I’ve been living in this bomber from COS, which is finished with padded details that makes it feel like it was plucked out of the ’90s. Here, I was inspired by noughties celeb airport outfit looks that paired a leather bomber with sleek jeans, ankle boots, and a baseball hat.

Wolford’s pieces last forever and are truly worth the investment.

Everyone always asks where I got these jeans.

I’ve had these boots in my closet for years.

These Prada sunglasses add dimension to any outfit I put on.

The best baseball cap I own.

I actually won’t leave the house without this incredible lip liner. For me, pillow talk is the perfect shade to use as both a liner and to draw in over my lips, then simply add a swipe of Aquaphor for an easy, everyday look. Another ’90s-inspired shade I can’t get enough of.

I typically don’t wear a ton of color, but I couldn’t ignore the rainbow knits that are on the market right now. I’m already predicting they will be a huge trend for spring and summer, with brands including Miu Miu and Alanui already dropping cool pieces in their spring collections. Here, I paired a pink knit tank with a micro miniskirt, then added platform slides and a belt bag. Can you tell I’m ready for spring?

For a dose of fun.

Don’t sleep on this H&M find.

The sandals I’ll be living in this spring.

I’ve been a fan of Nécessaire products for a long tie, but can’t get enough of their body exfoliator—especially as we’re headed into bare leg season. This is now a shower staple.

Gues what I already ordered?

The prettiest shade of buttercream.

I’m eyeing wide-leg white jeans for spring.

Manifesting these into my closet.

How perfect is this leather jacket?

Sporty sunglasses are the next trend I want to try out.

I just ordered this tank from Skims.

Same goes for these leggings.

Next up: 8 Major Spring Trends to Commit to Memory