8 Classic Wardrobe Staples You Should Never Toss

Updated 11/06/18

I make a regular habit of editing my closet to make sure my wardrobe is narrowed down to a tight selection of pieces I actually wear on the regular. That means clearing worn-out clothes and shoes, but also trend-driven items that don’t last beyond a season. One thing I never clear out of my closet, though? Classic pieces that I’ll be wearing for years ahead.

Now, what are the classic pieces you should never toss, and what are the investment pieces worth holding onto? It comes down to the fashion items that will always be in style. Whether it’s a trench coat to layer over transitional looks, an iconic designer bag, everyday jewelry, or elevated basics, there are some fashion buys that are never worth ditching from your closet. Ahead, I’m breaking down the eight closet staples you should always hold onto, even if they aren't on rotation in your current outfits.

Scroll on to see and shop the essential classic closet staples every woman should own—and hold onto.


Classic wardrobe staples: tailored blazer

A blazer in a solid color or check is always going to be a versatile piece in your closet—whether you style it with a dress or with jeans and a tee.

Checked Woven Blazer
MM6 Maison Margiela Checked Woven Blazer $985


Classic wardrobe staples: monogram jewelry

Jewelry finished with a monogram will always be in style. A wide band is a cool modern take on a signet style.

Tacori Signet Ring $490


Classic wardrobe staples: loafers

Leather loafers have been reinvented with the addition of embroidery or fur lining in recent years, but you can't go wrong with Gucci's originals.

Convertible Loafer
Gucci Convertible Loafers $730


Classic wardrobe staples: timepiece

Watches are a beautiful investment piece, and timeless styles like this one from Cartier prove to become more valuable over time.

Panthère De Cartier 27mm Medium Stainless Steel Watch
Cartier Panthère de Cartier 27mm Medium Stainless Steel Watch $4600


Classic wardrobe staples: slip skirts

The slip skirt is the new modern separate we're seeing in the closets of cool girls everywhere. Hold onto this versatile piece.

Toast Silk Midi Skirt
Anine Bing Toast Silk Midi Skirt $300


Classic wardrobe staples: trench coat

A tan trench is the coat you can wear with pretty much anything. It always adds a level of polish, whether styled with a minidress or trousers.

The Kensington Long Cotton-gabardine Trench Coat
Burberry The Kensington Long Cotton-Gabardine Trench Coat $1990


Classic wardrobe staples: iconic designer bag

While designers are constantly releasing new bag styles, it's always worth holding onto the classics, like this Chanel quilted flap silhouette.

Chanel Small Classic Double Flap Bag $2900


Classic wardrobe staples: leather boots

Leather boots are the winter staple you'll always return to when the season comes around on the calendar.

Zara Leather Boots $199

This story was originally published on Who What Wear.

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