Unlike your embarrassing uncle, you can take these pieces anywhere.
The 9 Most Versatile Closet Staples
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Imagine a world where you don’t need Zara’s latest on-trend offerings, and you’re simply satisfied with your existing wardrobe. Sound like a pipe dream? It’s not when your closet is stocked with utterly classic, entirely versatile pieces. Which items are we talking about? Click through to find out!
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1. Striped Shirt
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You know how to wear a striped tee for the weekend, but consider it for cocktails too, when paired with a dramatic skirt.
J.Crew Long-Sleeve Sailor-Stripe Tee ($50)
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2. Biker Jacket
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Even girly girls pull off the tough jacket with ease. It’s the topper that looks good on anyone for almost any occasion.
Current/Elliott The Soho Coated Cotton-Blend Biker Jacket ($166)
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Image courtesy of Style Du Monde
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Dress up your basic office blazer by cinching it with a satin ribbon like Emmanuelle Alt.
Rag & Bone Roseburg Blazer ($347)
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4. Pencil Skirt
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On Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl:
Michael Lo Sordo Coat and Bralette; Maticevski skirt; CH by Carolina Herrera shoes; Charlotte Olympia clutch.
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A pencil skirt and heels is the oldest trick in the book. Try it with boots for a downtown effect.
Dorothy Perkins Cherry Ponte Pencil Skirt ($20)
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5. Trench Coat
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On Courtney Trop of Always Judging:
Tibi Seal Trench Coat ($750); Rag & Bone vest; Rails Joey Oversized Denim Shirt Jacket ($136); Citizens of Humanity Premium Vintage Racer Distressed Skinny Jeans ($248); Rochas Laquered Heel Ankle Boots ($319); Proenza Schouler PS11 Classic Bag ($1950); Illesteva Leonard Round Sunglasses ($165); Glady Tamex hat.
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Photo courtesy of Style Du Monde
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From work to weekend, we challenge you to find a single occasion where a trench coat feels out of place.
Warehouse DB Clean Mac Coat ($134)
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6. Little Black Dress
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Your LBD likely makes the rounds at all your after-hours events, but consider it with sneakers for a daytime look.
Mason By Michelle Mason Mesh-Paneled Stretch-Jersey Mini Dress ($138)
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7. Collared Shirt
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For an ultra-sultry effect, leave your collared shirt undone, except for the last two buttons. Then tuck it into a high-waisted pencil skirt to keep the chest-baring look in place.
Gap Shrunken Boyfriend Shirt ($50)
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8. Menswear Trousers
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Take the workweek staple into your off-duty hours by wearing the pants with a pair of trendy shower slides.
Rachel Zoe Pants ($220)
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9. Black Pumps
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We don’t need to make a case for the versatility of the most classic shoe ever. If you don’t have a pair already, we selected a practically perfect pair for you to shop below.
Kate Spade New York Licorice Pumps ($298)
Let us know the closet staple you couldn't live without in the comments!