The 5 Items Our UK and U.S. Editors Have on Their 2021 Wish Lists

Maxine Eggenberger
·11-min read

Something I’m often asked is, who do editors go to for fashion advice? Naturally, I rely on my friends just like anyone else—they’re more honest than a mirror and have saved me from buying things in a moment of pure sartorial lust that, in hindsight, I know I would have regretted. Then, of course, there are other editors; my colleagues whose tastes I trust implicitly. In fact, at the start of any new season, I'm always keen to learn which pieces have caught their eye—it is, after all, an editor's job to tell you which buys are the best.

So, I decided to do just that—ask Who What Wear’s editors from both sides of the Atlantic which items are on their new season wish lists. As a treat, I’ve shared their suggestions with you below. Essentially a master document featuring every noteworthy garment or accessory on the market right now, you’ll have to move quickly, as I can guarantee these pieces are going to fly.



Christopher Esber Cropped Tie-Detailed Mélange Ribbed-Knit Top (£335)

I was already partial to a knitted co-ord many moons before this year’s cosy combos came in. I think the trend will continue well into next summer, and I’ll be making the most of what’s available because I know I’ll wear the look for many more seasons to come.

Christopher Esber Tie-Detailed Mélange Ribbed-Knit Skirt (£415)

This set is my current favourite, but I get the feeling there will be stiff competition over the next few months...

By Far Gorgeous White Leather Sandals (£240)

I wanted these shoes A LOT when they first launched in the summer of 2018. I missed out and have sorely regretted it ever since, only being able to track down secondhand options about 3 sizes too big. So I think I need to seize the day and buy these ahead of life going back to normal and holidays, weddings and events requiring such lovely sandals.

Birkenstock Arizona Suede Leather Sandals (£115)

On the flip side, I really could do with something comfy and chic to wear when WFH. I’ve been brainwashed by the internet and simply must have these.

Mother of Pearl Alex Top (£195)

I’m always on the lookout for interesting black tops, as I have so many pairs of patterned trousers and quite a few jazzy skirts. This bell-sleeved number from Mother Of Pearl ticks all the boxes, plus its sustainable.



Jacquemus Navy 'Les Lunettes 97’ Sunglasses (£265)

Square frames are just about the only type of sunglasses I wear now (as well as a big trend for 2021), and this smokey blue colour is unique yet versatile.

& Other Stories Fitted Cut Out Crop Top (£45)

I’ve noticed cut out sweaters gaining steam on my feed lately, so its only a matter of time until it’s completely everywhere. My & Other Stories knits last forever which is really amazing considering the price.

EDAS x Cameron Tea Untitled 03 (£365)

Who knew hats looked so good with sweatpants? Bucket hats were huge about a year ago, but for today its all about making it fresh with a little added detail. I’m pretty sure my Brooklyn friends are responsible for the red hat selling out like hot cakes, so I’m trying to snatch this one in the black and white colour-way before it's gone, too.

By Far Stevie Boots (£538)

By Far just brings it everytime when it comes to their boots, and I’m super impressed with this muted pastel shade of yellow. I’m so ready to kick my basic black boots to the curb now.

Agolde Recycled Leather Fitted Trousers (£221)

I recently wrote a fashion story asking my coworkers for their favourite jeans of all time, and a style from Agolde popped up more than once. I spotted them in leather on Shopbop’s new arrivals page, and I’m so excited to try them—right in time for winter!



Miguelina Charlene Dress (£345)

Next spring there is a real move towards joyful, feel-good dressing—and the colour that really stood out to me across all collections it this vibrant, bright pink. I'd wear this slip dress to rescheduled summer weddings or ideally on a beach at some point in 2021.

MM6 Maison Margiela Houndstooth-Print Jersey Bodysuit (£345)

A second-skin top one of the only—and best—things I bought in 2020. It's so easy to wear with jeans or midi skirts, and thanks to designers like Prada and Miu Miu it is poised to be one of the key buys in 2021.

Loewe Loewe Shell Small Raffia and Leather Tote Bag (£425)

If you can't tell, I'm really craving summer right now, as I compile this list in the pitch black at 4.35pm. Classic beach bags were seen all over the SS21 collections, and I've been eyeing up a Loewe basket bag for years.

& Other Stories Fitted Sweetheart Neck Rib Top (£65)

I've seen this top all over my Instagram feed, and think it looks so beautiful and elevated—and I'd wear it with relaxed straight-leg jeans.

Proenza Schouler Glossed-Leather Pumps (£675)

I can't afford these—but they are my dream shoes that I would love to own in 2021. I love the chunky sole and back-to-school feel of the silver clasp—to me they are perfect.



Prada Cleo Brushed Leather Shoulder Bag (£1440)

Bags are a piece I tend to invest in since they stay in my closet forever and get so much wear. Prada's new Cleo bag is the one I'm eyeing right now. I especially love that it takes inspiration from the brand's iconic shapes from the '90s.

Frankie Shop Oversized Hooded Sweater (£200)

I just love the draped, wrapped-up effect of this sweater from Frankie Shop.

Versace Gonne Tessuto Skirt (£408)

Though this may not be the most practical purchase, I can't stop thinking about the micro miniskirts that were everywhere on the S/S 21 runways. I love the idea of pairing one with a tee and boxy blazer.

Chanel Silver Ring (£450)

More and more, I've been shopping for vintage pieces so always have my eye out for a great new find. This ring combines my love of all things Chanel with my current silver jewellery obsession.

Adidas Yeezy 500 Utility Black Trainers (£249)

These sneakers are sitting in my shopping cart right now.



Mango Oversized Quilted Coat (£120)

Do I really need another quilted coat? Well, technically, no. But, as I'm spending a ridiculous amount of time outside, I know I will wear this. Plus, it's very similar to the Prada version I've seen but on a more affordable level.

Lauren Manoogian Mono Alpaca and Wool-Blend Slippers (£350)

I can't get enough of shoes that are great as slippers.

Isabel Marant Bolton Ribbed Merino Wool Jumper (£68)

Isabel Marant jumpers will always be on my wish list.

Ganni Rubber-Trimmed Leather Boots (£365)

These Ganni boots keep selling out and I can see why - not only are they very cool but they're also very practical.

The Attico Satin Midi Dress (£740)

I want someone to invite me to a wedding next year, just so I can wear this dress.



Staud Rey Bag (£278)

I wrote a story this week on different bag trends I'm seeing on Instagram, and I'm heavily into the chained straps trend. I usually think gold hardware or accents on a bag can look tacky, but something about a gold or silver chunky trap on a bag looks so luxe and different. I'm eyeing this Staud one right now.

Holiday The Label Pyjama Pant Set in Olive Check (£135)

Fashionable pyjamas are the 2020 trend that I'll gladly be taking into 2021. This Holiday the Label pair has been on my wish list for quite some time, and I think I'll be purchasing this one to wear into the new year.

Song of Style Bea Boot (£279)

Cow print has easily become my favourite animal print by far, and the second I saw these boots launch on Instagram this week, I added it to my wish list.

Coach Tabby Shoulder Bag (£330)

Coach's return into the trending scene was something I was not expecting, but I just can't get over their newest handbags. I've already pre-ordered by furry Ugg x Telfar bag, but is there such thing as too much faux-fur? I'm so ready to rock a Coach bag, and I don't care who knows it.

Rowing Blazers The Original Princess Diana "I'm a Luxury” Sweater (£295)

I've always been obsessed with Princess Diana, so when Rowing Blazers announced that they'd be reviving her favourite sweaters, I definitely jumped in my seat a little bit. What better way to move into 2021 than dress like the people's princess?



Chalsie Joan Joan Blouse (£160)

I'm all in for the Princess Di throwbacks right now, and the pie crust collar is at the top of my list. Chalsie Joan hand-makes every item to order and I'm obsessed with every single one of her blouses.

JW Anderson Topstitched Leather and Suede Loafers (£346)

Flat shoes are having a moment and I couldn't be happier. I have my eye on these JW Anderson loafers, and I love the statement topstitching detail.

Mango Wide Leg High Waist Jeans (£50)

Like many others, I am always on the lookout for the perfect pair of jeans. This Mango pair has the killer combo of high-waisted fit, wide leg and classic, un-bleached dark denim. Delicious.

Cawley Sheepskin Avis Jacket (£1170)

Cawley Studio has the best shearling offering IMO, and its Avis jacket has everything I want from a jacket: warmth, versatility and a little throwback appeal. The brand's Ella sheepskin vests are also worth a look.

Frankie Shop Belted Army Green Trousers (£155)

Frankie Shop does tailoring so well. Case in point? These belted trousers are a super flattering fit and will look fab with chunky boots and a tucked-in cable knit jumper.


Anissa Kermiche Jugs Jug Ceramic Vase (£350)

Much like most people, I’ve become obsessed with homewares this year and when it comes to trending home decor, you can’t go passed Anissa Kermiche. This Insta-famous jug is high on my wish list.

& Other Stories Oversized Boxy Hooded Sweatshirt (£55)

I love the idea of investing in elevated-looking loungewear, especially considering our team will be working from home over the next few months. This hoodie looks super cosy, but still feels fashionable thanks to its unique pastel yellow colour way.

Ganni Ruffled Smocked Dress (£215)

This Ganni dress is one of the brand’s classics and I love the way they have updated their signature style for winter. I’d wear this with a roll neck knit underneath on cold days or with a cropped jacket once spring arrives.

Mango Wool Double-Breasted Coat (£140)

I’ve been on the look out for a new coat, and know this one will be a classic in my wardrobe for years to come.

Aje Motocyclette Varsity Knit Jumper (£297)

As an Aussie expat, I love supporting our homegrown labels and Aje is definitely one of the best exports. This retro-inspired varsity knit has cosy written all over it.



Self-Portrait Shirred Polka-Dot Midi Dress (£340)

Should something akin to normality resume, I'll have a total of six (yes, six) weddings next year. As luck would have it, they have zero crossover in guests, so I'm planning on wearing this gorgeous midi to the lot of them.

Khaite Agnes Small Leather Suede Tote (£1590)

I have a thing for bags (original, right?), particularly top handles. So when my favourite high-end label Khaite unveiled this style, my heart skipped a beat.

Daphine Christy Hoops (£75)

Hoops are part of my everyday uniform, and I intend on wearing these sparkly little numbers with my knitwear to make it feel more special.

Reformation Lester Coat (£375)

Three of my favourite coat details collide in this wonder coverup—checks, double-breasted closure, and faux fur trimmings. Divine.

Gimaguas Mar Black Top (£95)

I collect knitwear, and this cool style is next on my wish list. The built-in arm warmers are a chic interpretation of the '90s shrugs I've seen creeping back into fashion. Apparently, it can also be worn as a scarf; I think I just have to buy it to find out how.

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