Stop Wasting Money: The Only 12 Items Any Wardrobe Needs

Trends may come and go, but you can count on these seasonal staples to forever hold their place at the front of your closet

Trench Coat

Trench Coat

h&m

Sure, the weather is warming up, but the season still calls for a chic coat to ward off rain or wind. A belted trench in a neutral khaki hue is a timeless topper that every woman should own.

To buy: H&M trenchcoat, $70 at hm.com

V-Neck Tee

V-Neck Tee

net-a-porter

You can never go wrong with a v-neck tee in classic grey, black or white. The quintessential layering piece, try this versatile top under a blazer, leather jacket or zip-up – it’s guaranteed to look great with everything in your closet.

To buy: J. Crew vintage T-shirt, $30 at net-a-porter.com

All-Purpose Tote

All-Purpose Tote

Mango

From work to weekend, you need a place to stash your stuff. A large, all-purpose tote is your best bet for busy days.

To buy: Mango croc-effect shopper bag, $90 at mango.com

Chambray Shirt

Chambray Shirt

Madewell

Consider it the more casual sister of the classic silk blouse, a chambray shirt is an off-duty essential. Tie it at the front or tuck it into jeans or a skirt to give this stolen-from-the-boys style a feminine twist.

To buy: Madewell 'Ex-Boyfriend' chambray shirt, $70 at madewell.com

Nude Pumps

Nude Pumps

net-a-porter

A skin-toned shade of neutral pumps will elongate legs and look good with everything from dresses and skirts to trousers and jeans.

To buy: Michael Michael Kors patent-leather pumps, $100 at net-a-porter.com

Personal Pendant

Personal Pendant

shopbop

Whether you wear an initial pendant or choose a significant symbol, select a signature necklace that defines your style.

To buy: Gorjana 'Alphabet Coin' necklace, $75 at shopbop.com

Fresh Denim

Clean Denim

ae

A good pair of jeans should be the hardest working piece in any woman’s wardrobe. Look for a light-to-medium wash without any rips to get the most bang for your buck.

To buy: American Eagle Outfitters 'Hi-Rise' skinny jeans, $40 at ae.com

Metallic Sandals

 Metallic Sandals

asos

Metallics can match with anything in your wardrobe, so they're a safe bet when it comes to footwear versatility. Try a totally gilded pair or one with metal hardware like these and then dress up or down as desired.

To buy: River Island slider sandals, $66 at asos.com

Simple Shirtdress

 Simple Shirtdress

loft

Chic and professional, a shirtdress is a smart addition to any work wardrobe. The simple silhouette is both flattering and extremely easy to wear, while still feeling feminine.

To buy: Loft collarless striped shirtdress, $80 at loft.com

Aviator Sunglasses

Aviator Sunglasses

mango

Bring on the spring sunshine! Protect your eyes and polish your look in universally flattering aviator frames.

To buy: Mango aviator sunglasses, $30 at mango.com

Day-to-Night Clutch

Day-to-Night Clutch

ann taylor

Rather than always being weighed down, trade your tote for a smaller pouch while running errands or going out for dinner. Use this clutch to store your essentials, and you can grab it and go at a moment’s notice.

To buy: Ann Taylor large colorblock clutch, $68 at anntaylor.com

Pleated Skirt

Pleated Skirt

zara

Feminine and flowy, a pleated skirt is springtime, personified. Try a maxi style for a dramatic flair, or a slightly shorter version for a sweeter sensibility. Either way, this staple can be re-worked each spring to create a plethora of outfit options.

To buy: Zara knee-length pleated skirt, $80 at zara.com

 

 

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