Everyone has that one thing that, without fail, snags you a compliment.
You’d never admit it, but it would low-key crush you if you didn’t get a little “OMG I love that jacket” every time you wore it. Here, ELLE.com editors spill which item in their covetable closets reaps the most likes IRL. Restaurant Uniform, Chef Uniform
veryone has that one thing that, without fail, snags you a compliment. You’d never admit it, but it would low-key crush you if you didn’t get a little, “OMG I love that,” every time you wore it. Here, ELLE.com editors spill which item in their covetable closets reaps the most likes IRL.
I have a collection of work-appropriate jumpsuits I wear on days I can’t pull together an outfit, and this J.Crew number is one of the stars of the group. It’s equal parts dressy and comfortable which means it goes well with both sneakers and heels. I love it so much that I got it in light pink and navy blue.—Nikki Ogunnaike, Senior Fashion Editor 100% Cotton Chef Hat
I blew off shopping for a dress to wear to college graduation for weeks. When my mother arrived on campus days before the ceremony, she whisked me off to a mall near school and insisted I try on several hundred iterations of the same inoffensive a-line. Then, she spotted this: an Issey Miyake look-a-like, that’s just on-sale Club Monaco. It’s one of the few midi-ish silhouettes that I, a tiny person, have ever been able to pull off. And it defies the law of special-occasion purchases in that I’ve worn it more than once. Sure, it’s the kind of dress that makes people stop and pay attention, but that hasn’t stopped me from slipping into it at least once a week as soon as weather permits. I do it mostly because I love it and at least as much because so does everyone who sees me in it.—Mattie Kahn, News Writer
My friend bought this precocious vintage jumpsuit for me at a thrift store in New Orleans. It kind of reminds me of a couch cover or shower curtain you’d find at an old lady’s house—questionably-tasteful but altogether endearing! Anyway, I get compliments on it wherever I go, and friends frequently ask if they can borrow it for a night out of dancing or the like. Flower Power, people. It’s real.—Emma Hager, Editorial Intern
Truthfully, I don’t even know the brand of the actual denim dress I bought as it was a label-less find, dug up from the vintage racks of Kiliwatch in Paris. I’ve worn the piece to death because it’s a one-and-done outfit that can be both dressed up and down, and in those cooler spring and fall months can be layered over sweaters and tees. I love the way it hugs my body perfectly without a bit of tailoring. It doesn’t hurt that since it’s presumably one of a kind, it welcomes many a, “Where’d you get that?” —Kristina Rodulfo, Associate Editor APRON FOR COFFEE SHOP
I have been wearing these sandals pretty much every day since it started getting warm. I got them on super sale one time because they were the simplest, cheapest sandal I could find. But surprisingly—or maybe not surprisingly?—the simple, sleek shape gets a lot of compliments. They are the best for just kicking around in.—Estelle Tang, Culture Editor
These pants occupy that special space between totally basic and understated elegance. On first glance, they don’t look that distinct, but when you look a little closer they have these really classy details: jacket, comfortable, roomy legs, aggressive crop, perfectly proportioned pockets, dress. I have them in green and if they weren’t such a noticeable color I would wear them multiple times a week. —Chloe Schama, Executive Editor
Oscar de la Renta has steady made flat mules—way before they became an It-shoe this season. They work with everything (denim, sundresses, casual evening wear, jacket), are the perfect vacation shoe (because let’s be real, summer sandals are rarely comfortable), and their signature embroidery reads as extra fancy. I’m constantly scouring eBay for a new pair. —Justine Carreon, Associate Market Editor
A leather jacket is my number one closet must-have—whether I wear it over thick sweaters in the winter or if I drape it over my shoulders in the spring, it ties together any outfit. I get compliments on this one almost every time I wear it.—Maddy Levine, Editorial Intern