Every woman – regardless of age, body shape, or overall style – should own timeless pieces that she can wear no matter the current trend. Dressed up or down, they always look classic, sophisticated and trendy. One of the most common fashion shopping tips for building a great wardrobe is to base it on timeless foundation pieces, and then add trendier clothes each season.
Invest in timeless pieces, and you’ll never be at a loss for what to wear whenever the occasion calls for something special – shop our editor’s top picks below!
A single-breasted, precisely cut wool blazer in black can be worn for day or evening, and works with everything from a slim pant, to a cocktail dress, to jeans. Slightly-padded shoulders provide structure and streamline your entire silhouette—totally worth the extra cash.
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Opt for something subtle in a neutral shade; it should be big enough to hold your wallet, eye wear, phone, and a small makeup kit, but not oversized. This in-the-middle proportion makes it suitable for almost any occasion.
Fit and wash are everything here. Go for a slightly high-rise style to give the illusion of longer, slimmer legs, and stick to a true-blue wash that will go with everything.
Shop the Items: 1. Florence Dark Blue Skinny Jeans, 2. FRAME Denim Le High Skinny Jeans, 3. Saint Laurent Skinny Jeans, 4. Paige Edgemont ultra zip skinny jeans, 5. Saint Laurent High-Waisted Skinny Jeans
When it comes to shoes, black and nude pumps are perhaps the most reliable and versatile option. At once sophisticated and sexy, they’re perfectly suited for almost any outfit and occasion.
Shop the Items: 1. Christian Louboutin So Kate, 2. Christian Louboutin So Kate, 3. Tom Ford Embellished Python Pumps, 4. Christian Louboutin So Kate Nude Pumps, 5. Jimmy Choo ‘Lucy’ pumps, 6. Nicholas Kirkwood D’orsay Pumps
Ask not what you can do for your white button-down, but what your white button-down can do for you. The answer is this: add a crisp polish to both your work and off-duty uniform.
Shop the Items: 1. Rag & Bone Nightingale Shirt, 2. Joseph Riko Button Up, 3. Alexander Wang collar shirt, 4. Bo White Stretch Cotton Poplin Shirt Lareida, 5. Alexander McQueen Shirts, 6. Donna Karan Shirt
The good news about the pencil skirt is that it’s moving out of office-only territory. We love the piece after-hours paired with a slinky silk cami or T-shirt.
Shop the Items: 1. Cushnie et Ochs Skirt, 2. DKNY Skirt, 3. Wrap-effect satin-trimmed cady skirt, 4. Balmain Chevron-tweed pencil skirt, 5. Roland Mouret Arreton Stretch Midi Skirt, 6. SEA Guipure lace and stretch-crepe skirt, 7. Sacai Twill-paneled herringbone wool-blend skirt, 8. Carven Wool-blend midi skirt, 9. Quiz Black Lace Zip Back Midi Skirt, 10. Gucci Black Peplum-effect Stretch Pencil Skirt
Although the exact fabric weight depends on where you live and like to travel, a cashmere or wool bathrobe style is the best option in terms of comfort, versatility, and timelessness. Keep it knee-length or longer, and stick to a neutral color. Black is a no-brainer, of course, but camel, ivory, charcoal, navy, and blush are solid alternatives.
When you need a break from your heels, a nude flat serves as the ideal substitute. Straddling the line between dressy and casual, this functional footwear style is just at home with a pair of tailored trousers as it is a floral sundress.
Shop the Items: 1. Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Leather Ballet Flats, 2. Manolo Blahnik Flat Hangisi satin nude, 3. Chloé Lauren Ballerinas, 4. Michael Kors Nude Pauline Ballet, 5. Nina Marley Leather Flats, 6. Valentino ‘Rockstud’ ballerinas
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Bright frames are inherently cool and offer a playful touch, no matter the season.
Shop the Items: 1. Victoria Beckham D-frame acetate sunglasses, 2. Le Specs Rapture cat-eye acetate sunglasses, 3. Tom Ford Irina square-frame acetate sunglasses, 4. Le Specs Liar Liar cat-eye sunglasses, 5. Victoria Beckham Iconic square-frame acetate sunglasses, 6. Linda Farrow Round-frame acetate sunglasses