A great blazer is a true workhorse in any wardrobe. Need an extra something to pull together an office look? Look to a blazer. A great outerwear substitute when it’s not quite cold enough for a heavy coat? Again, a blazer. The can’t-go-wrong jacket to throw on over your cocktail dress? You guessed it: a blazer.
Slip-on sneakers have hit critical mass, solidifying its place on the wardrobe-essentials list. Comfortable enough to walk miles in, but way more sleek than traditional running shoes, these shoes give any outfit an extra dose of cool.
5. A Striped Shirt
A classic Breton stripe top looks just as good with slouchy denim as it does with a pencil skirt. Mix it with solids, florals, plaids, or other striped separates—we’ve never come across a piece it couldn’t complement.
6. Black Trousers
Whether you wear them to work or wear them to brunch, a solid pair of black pants that you feel great in is a true Monday-through-Sunday staple.
7. Sleek Pumps
A confidence-boosting pair of heels are a solid footwear staple to keep in your rotation—even if they live under your desk, reserved for important meetings or an after-work appointment.
8. Dark-Wash Denim
If you’re shopping for fresh denim, trust us, make it a dark-wash pair. Not only do they work for a wide range of scenarios—including, yes, the office—they also don’t stain as easily.
9. A White Button-Down
Consider a white shirt your wardrobe’s pinch hitter. There are endless options for how to wear it: Pair it with a simple skirt or pants for a classic look, or layer it under a sweater or dress to give an outfit some added dimension.
10. A Little Black Dress
No item is more of a blank slate for accessorizing and styling—and yet completely stunning on its own—than the LBD. It’s gotten us through some tough times, and serves as a touchstone for any wardrobe.