We love bold, statement-making pieces as much as the next person, but when it comes to curating a first-class closet, it's all about the basics. Versatility is the key to mixing and matching and certainly to packing the perfect travel bag. Here, 16 essentials—from polished LBDs to crisp white tees—that will take you through your 2018 travels with ease.
J. Crew Classic Denim Jacket
A blue jean jacket is one of the most versatile items you can have in your closet. Whether you're layering it over a spring dress or crafting your own Canadian tuxedo...it's hard to go wrong. Year after year we keep coming back to J. Crew's classic jacket thanks to its relaxed silhouette and perfectly lived-in look.
Alice + Olivia Virgil Dress
Everyone should have a trusty LBD on hand for dress-to-impress occasions. This all-seasons mini from alice + olivia features a boat neck, elbow-length sleeves, and a belted waist that can easily take you from day to night with just a quick change of shoes or pop of lip color.
Sam Edelman Stillson Pumps
The quickest way to dress up any outfit is to throw on a classic black pump. Ensure comfort by opting for this signature suede pair from Sam Edelman; a chunky block heel guarantees they're easy to walk in.
Everlane The Cotton Crew
The backbone of any versatile wardrobe is a crisp, well-fit white tee. Everlane's boyish crewneck is our go-to as it's LA-made, features lightweight Supima cotton, and rings in at just $16.
Club Monaco Claudine Trench Coat
One key to successfully using everything in your closet is learning to layer. This slouchy double-breasted trench is an effortless outerwear option. Pop it on over some light wash jeans, a tee, and some sleek white sneaks and you're good to go.
Veja Esplar Sneakers
Minimalist white sneakers can add edge to any outfit. Just take Veja's low-top Esplar—with subtle branding and stitching—for example.
Madewell Ultimate Leather Jacket
At $500, this leather moto jacket is a bit of a splurge—but we promise that it only gets better with age. The investment piece's worth is all in the details: authentic black leather, polished silver hardware, and a timeless silhouette.
J. Crew Slim Perfect Shirt
The right white button down can pair well with anything be it a pencil skirt, distressed black skinny jeans, or an office-appropriate blazer. This one from J. Crew works waist-slimming darts for a more tailored fit than your average boy-fit shirt.
M. Gemi The Stellato
Comfortable and fashion-forward, a sharp nude flat can accent any outfit. This luxe pair from Italian brand M. Gemi grabs our attention with tumbled leather, subtle but distinctive hand-stitching, and a slight rubber heel. The best part? After just a few wears the shoe molds to your foot for ultimate comfort.
Everlane The Italian GoWeave Classic Blazer
Whether you're looking add a little edge to an otherwise casual outfit or just want to polish off your Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm best, a blazer works wonders. We're fans of this one from Everlane as it's wrinkle-resistant and flatteringly slim fit.
Mara Calf Hair Ankle Boot
Enough good can't be said about a pair of black ankle booties. Pair them with anything—mini skirts and tights, cropped jeans, or a midi dress—and you'll instantly look pulled together. This calf hair, block heeled pair from UO departs just enough from the norm to be noticeable.
BP. Stitched Faux Leather Tote
A no-nonsense tote effortlessly accompanies any outfit and gives you optimal room for anything and everything you may need to carry.
Citizens of Humanity Rocket Skinny Jeans
Dark jeans pair well with any nearly any top and can easily transition from day to night. We're particularly fond of Citizens of Humanity's Rocket Skinnies as they're "crafted with sculpt technology for the perfect lift and contour." And who can't use a little of that black magic?
UNIQLO Striped Boat Neck T-Shirt
When it comes to basics, a boatneck striped tee is essential. The loose-fitting cut is great for everyday wear and pairs well with nearly all denim for an ultra low-effort yet stylish look.
Nic + Zoe The Perfect Ankle Pants
Attention ladies: every one of you should have at least a single pair of polished black pants in your closet. This fail-safe pair from Nic + Zoe gets our vote as it updates a classic silhouette with an on-trend ankle-grazing cut.
JSLIDES Acer Slip-On Sneaker
No laces, no socks, no problems. Slip-on sneakers are the best of both worlds: ultra-comfortable and perfectly polished.
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