There’s never just one item that every closet needs. If anything, there are at least a handful of classics — wardrobe essentials that all women should own, mostly to resolve the dreadful and recurring “nothing to wear” problem.
Nothing says timeless like the LBD. Its popularity stems from more than just its versatility. There’s something exceptional about a dress that’s available in what seems like millions of different styles. The best ones take you from work to play with ease, and can be dressed up or down with key accessories.
Clean lines and timeless colors make the structured blazer a
must for any well-heeled ensemble. The J.
Crew Schoolboy Blazer ($54.50) is an enduring favorite available in classic
hues like camel, black, and navy.
3. The Practical Pump
Pumps earn points because they essentially pair well with everything in your closet, from the aforementioned LBD to a sleek pantsuit.
Don’t be fooled into thinking white blouses are all the same.
There’s something subtly dramatic about the elegant White
House Black Market Pleat-Front Blouse ($24.99). It’s perfect tucked into
wide-leg trousers or a slim skirt.
5. The Pencil Skirt
They’re available in every color of the rainbow and a range of prints, too. But you’ll get the most wear out of a solid, neutral pencil skirt that you can wear with anything from a twin set to a suit jacket.
A trench coat is a chic addition that will keep you comfortable when you’re braving the elements. While tan is a dependable staple you can wear with anything, you don’t have to commit to basic if you prefer a little color.
This pale pink version from ASOS Design ($87) is just as enduring.
8. The Smart Tote
More than once, you’ve probably wished you owned a spacious, stylish bag that doesn’t look sloppy. While there are dozens of spendy models out there, you’ll find amazing quality even in mid-range options.
Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.
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