The 9 Most Versatile Closet Staples

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!

1. Striped Shirt
Dressed Down

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Mija

On Mija of Mija:
​Gina Tricot top; Levi’s 501 Shorts ($58) in Slash; Celine bag; Bullboxer boots.

Dressed Up

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Atlantic-Pacific

On Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific:
​Zara shirt; ASOS Premium Pencil Skirt In Scuba With Peplum Hem ($103); Schutz Erline Lace Up Sandals ($220); Chanel purse; Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Sunglasses ($280); Otte collar.

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)

2. Biker Jacket
Dressed Down

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Dans Vogue

On Saray Martin of Dans Vogue:
​Zara jacket; Levi’s 501 Jeans ($88) in Slash; ART shoes; vintage hat.

Dressed Up

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Ring My Bell

On Ashley Madekwe of Ring My Bell:
Balenciaga jacket; Topshop top; Topshop skirt; Saint Laurent Jane Leather Sandals ($795); Alexander Wang clutch.

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)

3. Blazer
Dressed Down

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Victoria Tornegren

On Victoria Tornegren of Victoria Tornegren:
​Vila blazer; River Island Dark Wash Ashley Slim Boyfriend Jeans ($80); Adidas sneakers; Ray-Ban Original Aviator 58mm Polarized Sunglasses ($150).

Dressed Up

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Style Du Monde

Emmanuelle Alt

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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)

4. Pencil Skirt
Dressed Down

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Fashion Vibe

On Zina Charkoplia of Fashion Vibe:
vintage leather jacket; Zara top; Zara skirt; Balenciaga Ceinture Ankle Boots ($1275) in Black; 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Satchel ($795) available in Black/Silver; Spektre sunglasses.

Dressed Up

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Gary Pepper Girl

On Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl:
​Michael Lo Sordo Coat and Bralette; Maticevski skirt; CH by Carolina Herrera shoes; Charlotte Olympia clutch.

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)

5. Trench Coat
Dressed Down

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Always Judging

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.

Dressed Up

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Style Du Monde

Leila Yavari

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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)

6. Little Black Dress
Dressed Down

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The Blonde Salad

On Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad:
​Mango Contrast Bodice Dress ($50) in Black; Mango Tassel Platform Loafers ($120); Saint Laurent Mini Sac De Jour ($1990); Ray-Ban Round Metal Sunglasses ($150).

Dressed Up

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Tuula Vintage

On Jessica Stein of Tuula Vintage:
​ASOS Extreme Dress With Laser Cut Outs ($207); Sophia Webster Black Suede Mila Cage Heels ($735); Chanel bag.

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)

7. Collared Shirt
Dressed Down

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Sincerely Jules

On Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules:
​Silence + Noise Tucked & Shirred Button-Down Shirt ($59); Current/Elliott The Skinny Jeans ($216); Sezane Heels; Chanel bag; Ray-Ban Large Metal Polarized Aviators ($195).

Dressed Up

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Karla's Closet

On Karla Deras of Karla’s Closet:
​Gap shirt; Damir Doma skirt; Gucci Ursula Sandals ($660) available in Black.

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)

8. Menswear Trousers
Dressed Down

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Camille Over The Rainbow

On Camille Charriere of Camille Over The Rainbow:
​Designers Remix jacket; By Malene Birger Ninarika Top ($275); Mango Pleat Baggy Trousers ($45); Stine Goyz x H2O shoes.

Dressed Up

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Fashion Eaters

Tine Andrea of The Fashion Eaters:
​vintage coat; Hugo Boss blazer; Zara top; Kuala Lumpur pants; Alexander Wang heels; Acne clutch; Ray-Ban Original Aviator 58mm Sunglasses ($113) in Gold.

Take the workweek staple into your off-duty hours by wearing the pants with a pair of trendy shower slides.

​Rachel Zoe Pants ($220)

9. Black Pumps
Dressed Up

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Gary Pepper Girl

On Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl:
​Tommy Hilfiger shirt, tie, shorts, blazer; Christian Louboutin So Kate Heels ($625).

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)

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