Question: What constitutes a wardrobe staple for you? Is it sneakers? Jeans? My answer is complicated, as I have a love-hate relationship with basics. On the one hand, I love the idea of a luxurious staple, such as a relaxed suit. On the other hand, I hate feeling like my wardrobe is dated because I’m stuck wearing the same clothing. So when it comes to defining staples in my own life, I’ve found the only pieces I really love are jewelry. No pair of jeans will ever hold a candle in my heart to a pair of hoop earrings, because jewelry does what other basics can’t. Whenever my outfit lacks that extra something, I turn to my jewelry to spice things up.
But I’d be lying if I said I don’t get overwhelmed by how many jewelry choices there are—from the incredible number of demi-fine brands to shop to new trends to deciding which pieces to put on with which ensembles. When it comes to jewelry, the limit simply doesn’t exist. So having a set of jewelry staples to throw on and head out the door is essential. In that vein, I’ve rounded up the five classic jewelry staples that I can’t live without and highly recommend you add to your collection. These not only are beloved among the fashion set but will also become your new favorite everyday pieces.
1. Statement Hoops
If it weren't already obvious, if I had to pick only one jewelry staple to wear for the rest of my life, it would be hoop earrings. This accessory, in my mind, is the essential piece to invest in for everyday wear. But just because you’re wearing them in the daytime doesn’t mean you should opt for the simplest pair. (Unless that’s your personal preference—do you, boo.) Typically, I recommend finding a pair that strikes the perfect balance between timeless and trendy because, like cooking, no meal is complete without some spice. And statement hoops are the spice needed in every ensemble.
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The best thing about these hoops? They’ll match everything in your wardrobe.
Smaller hoop earrings can make just as much of a splash. Case in point: this 18-karat gold-plated pair with gemstones.
Can’t pick between silver and gold? Now you don’t have to choose.
The inset pearls on these hoops make this everyday staple all the more special.
2. Chain Necklaces
No matter what’s trending, what season it is, or your budget, there’s no more classic piece to invest in than a chain necklace. In fact, one could argue this is the most versatile jewelry you can ever buy, as it not only can be worn with just about anything year-round but also comes in so many different variations. Whether you opt for a chunky chain, one with multiple metals, a dainty one, or you throw on various chains, you can rest assured knowing the possibilities are endless and always timeless when it comes to this piece.
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Pro tip: Layer this with some of your other favorite necklaces to make this piece feel unique.
Imagine pairing this with a little black dress for a night out—hot, right?
The intricate roping detail on this choker chain is stunning, to say the least.
3. Modern Pearl Pieces
Pearls have always been seen as an investment piece for any jewelry collector, but recent jewelry trends have shown us that this tried-and-true staple is by no means tired. From funky pearl chokers to unique pearl earrings, there are so many new iterations of pearls that allow for this piece to feel modern but still garner a compliment from your grandma. It's the ideal investment for any wardrobe.
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Perfect little pearl necklace to pair with your bikini this summer.
This baroque pearl bracelet will go with every single one of your summer dresses.
I’ll let you in on a bit of an editor secret. We all love Missoma’s necklaces because the brand’s pieces are super durable and downright adorable.
Anklets are an everyday staple in the summer, so this pearl one is a must-shop.
It’s not summer in my mind if I’m not wearing pearls.
Is it just me, or are you too already planning what to wear these earrings with?
4. Interesting Rings
I know every fashion person loves to layer on jewelry, especially rings. But the key to really making this staple feel signature to your style is by opting for unique ones. Don’t be afraid to pair a funkier ring with your everyday gold bands or invest in one with gemstones. It will add that little bit of sparkle to make you truly stand out.
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Don’t be fooled: Gemstones are an everyday thing in my book.
Simple enough for everyday but still unique to make your heart skip a beat.
Pro tip: Don’t be afraid to stack this ring with others for those days you need a little extra sparkle.
This is by far one of the best rings I’ve ever added to my collection.
5. Nameplate Pieces
Last but not least, I don’t think any editor or fashion fanatic can deny the longevity of the nameplate necklace (or initial jewelry, in general). It may now seem somewhat cliché considering how many cool jewelry trends exist. But there’s no more classic jewelry piece to wear day in and day out than something that reflects who you are (quite literally). Nameplate jewelry and initial-adorned pieces will never go out of style.
But should you want something trendier, I suggest you opt for versions of this classic piece that come with pearls or jewels. No matter what form of nameplate piece you choose to buy, as long as you own this classic piece and all the other ones in this story, your everyday wardrobe is sure to shine.
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I’ve been dying to get my hands on this necklace for a while now.