Timeless Wardrobe Multitaskers
You’ll be surprised how often you step into these dependable trousers. The textured wool and the tweed fabrics act as a more interesting neutral than black pants, so everything you wear with them will look richer.
Think of this as a new and improved take on the classic white blouse. It complements everything from weekend jeans to a fancy taffeta skirt, while the dark color hides stains.
The beauty of a simple silk dress is its ability to adapt. Wear it in warm weather with strappy sandals, then pair it with black tights and pumps for fall. During the holiday season, simply add metallic heels and chandelier earrings.
Jewel-tone options in classic silhouettes are ideal for the office―polished without being showy. Yet their ladylike charm and festive shades are appropriate for a more formal affair.
A splurge, yes, but a leather jacket can last a lifetime, as long as you choose a simple shape with details that don’t speak of a specific era, like this one with a removable Mongolian-lamb collar.
Although great as an outer layer, a lightweight option can also be incorporated into an outfit when worn as a blazer alternative.
A chic cape isn’t short on drama, but it’s actually quite practical. Easy to throw on, it will keep you toasty and warm, whether you’re headed to the grocery store or somewhere far more special.
This ingenious circular piece has no ends to fuss with. Just loop it around your neck once or twice and you’ve got instant style and warmth. Plus, it doubles as a hood when the wind picks up.
A refined, patterned style will provide a cozy layer through fall, winter, and spring. Try it with a pencil skirt (shown) or with jeans and flat boots.
The Finishing Touches
You don’t have to resign yourself to the same old black pumps, safe neutral bag, and diamond studs just because they’re versatile. These accessories are just as functional and foolproof but offer your outfit a fresh, unexpected twist. Glamorous pointy-toe slip-ons have all the sex appeal of high heels, but with the comfort and the walkability of flats. As for the big, bold bangles, all you need is one or two to make an impact.
A roomy convertible handbag is like a tote trifecta: Thanks to multiple strap options, you can carry it on your arm, over your shoulder, or across your body. And Oxford heels are the perfect hybrid of sleek pumps and functional boots. They’re ideal for cool temperatures (read: no exposed feet!), and you can wear them with jeans, dresses, and everything in between.
To find the most flattering ways to wear the clothing in this story plus care tips for the items, see The Most Versatile Pieces to Have in Your Closet.