Many of us have two types of clothes in our closets: the of-the-moment, trendy pieces and the classics. They are equally important, but we tend to place greater value on the latter because, well, they'll never go out of style. While you probably have many of these in your arsenal already — the LBD, the pumps, and the white button-up, for example — there are undoubtedly a few missing. Alternatively, there may be pieces you've had for 10 years that could use an upgrade.
Fortunately, the New Year is fast approaching and there's no better excuse to freshen up your wardrobe than during this time for change. Kick off your search for the perfect foundation pieces with the 30 beautiful finds ahead. Go ahead, splurge a little now — but save a bit for when you finally decide which 2017 trends you're going to adopt for yourself.
The Updated LBD You can't get through life without an LBD (duh). Choose a classic silhouette that has a bit of unexpected element (note the V-neck) to keep the vibe modern. Alexander McQueen Leaf Crepe Mini Dress, $1,645, available at Net-A-Porter.
The Trench Coat The wrong topper could throw off your entire 9-to-5 style game. That's why a trench is essential — it'll elevate your ensemble and show your cohorts you mean business. Topshop Double Breasted Trench Coat, $150, available at Topshop.
The Work Flats On those days when heels just aren't in the cards, a sophisticated pair of flats completes any outfit. Everlane The Modern Point, $155, available at Everlane.
The A-Line Skirt This shape has been around forever — and for good reason. Pair it with a white blouse, and you're ready to take on the world. Theory Abrilin Luxe Velvet A-Line Skirt, $265, available at Bloomingdales.
The Staple Earrings When you don't feel like thinking about your accessories, throw these on to complement any get-up. Open House Projects Ball Earrings, $271, available at Open House Projects.
The Perfect-Fitting Jeans Your jeans are your second skin. And, there's a reason higher-end ones cost what they do — they'll fit like a glove. Paige Jacqueline Straight, $229, available at Paige Denim.
The Heeled Sandals You go to weddings all year long. You might as well get a pair of heels you can wear to all of them. These will work now with embellished stockings or with bare legs (and a pretty pedicure) come June. Steve Madden Carrson Sandals, $89.95, available at Steve Madden.
The WeekenderLet's be real: Showing up to the car-rental place with your giant roller suitcase for a two-day excursion with your S.O. is pretty high-maintenance. A quality duffel that fits the essentials is all you need. Baggu Weekend Bag, $74, available at Shopbop.
The Moto Jacket If you don't have one of these, you may want to think about investing in one: It's a no-brainer for those chilly nights out when your other toppers just don't feel cool enough. Mango Leather Biker Jacket, $249.99, available at Mango.
The Wool Scarf Rather than picking up a bunch of $5, paper-thin scarves on the street, go for a wool version that won't pill. After all, you'll be getting a lot of wear out of it. COS Cashmere Scarf, $99, available at COS.
The Black Booties We all know these are a daily staple — make 'em count by getting a pair with super sleek details, like an architectural heel. Camper Karolina, $220, available at Nordstrom.
The Structured Tote You juggle a lot during the workday, so you need a tote that can handle it all. A bag in a classic color and shape will take you through this season and beyond. Barrineau The Rennie Tote, $170, available at Barrineau.
The Any-Occasion Dress Is your inbox clogged with invites? It's smart to invest in a quality frock you can dress up or down depending on the affair. & Other Stories Waisted Snowflake Dress, $85, available at & Other Stories.
The Fancy Coat A beautiful topper can make you look glam in the most disheveled of times (like those coffee runs in sweats). Zara Tailored Coat, $149 , available at Zara.
The Oversized Shades Hey, the sun shines all year. Splurge on a quality pair that'll protect your peepers. Poppy Lissiman Dakota Sunglasses, $110, available at Poppy Lissiman.
The Chunky Sweater Finding the perfect, wear-once-a-week sweater is kinda like finding your soulmate. (Stick with us here.) Once you find it, you never let it go. This one's a good candidate for sweater-soulmate status. Acne Studios Edyta Cable-Knit Wool Sweater, $650, available at Net-A-Porter.
The Walkable Heels Let this gorgeous pair take you from desk to dance floor. Gucci Leather Pump, $850, available at Gucci.
The Office Dress You can throw a blazer over this and toss on sky-high pumps for that important business meeting, or slip into easy flats for a lazier day in your cube. (Ah, the many lives of a classic wear-to-work dress.) Babaton Etienne Dress, $145, available at Aritzia.
The Going-Out Clutch Everyone needs that one little bag. This one will actually fit all of your essentials. (Hurray!) Alexander McQueen Heart Leather Clutch, $1,695, available at Nordstrom.
The Fitted Turtleneck Layering is necessary for warmth, but it can also make an ensemble feel more high-concept. Try this under a sweater or jumper for a next-level winter look. UNIQLO Heattech Turtleneck T-shirt, $14.90, available at UNIQLO.
The Classic Suit Don't tell anyone, but we hear the tailored suit may be back. Wear it to interviews, meetings, or mix-and-match with other pieces for after-work. Theory Crepe Power Jacket, $475, available at Theory. Theory Slim Pant, $235, available at Theory
The Everyday Watch This tortoiseshell timepiece is a classic with a twist. Nixon Time Teller Acetate, $125, available at Nixon.
The Slip-On Sneakers You may not be able to get away with trainers at the office, but you definitely need a pair of classic sneakers for kicking it on the weekends. A slip-on style is something you can wear today and five years from now. Vans x Karl Lagerfeld Slip On, $110, available at Vans.
The Wide-Leg Trousers These stunners look amazing with a slim tee and sandals for a night out, or a blouse and pumps for the office. Brock Collection Pamela Gingham Wide-Leg Pants, $1,190, available at Barney's.
The Striped Tee Channel your inner French girl in a top that feels more elevated than your usual white T-shirt. It's a key layering piece, too. AEO Ribbed Tomgirl T-shirt, $9.97 $5.98, available at American Eagle.
The Puffer Because you can't get through winter without it. Lazy Olaf Golden Child Heart Puffer Coat, $253, available at ASOS.
The Perfectly Sized Wallet Searching for the perfect wallet that holds the essentials our lives without getting too bulky is a total drag. Good thing this one is large enough that you'll never spend extra minutes searching for it at the bottom of your bag, and the all-around zipper will contain all the cash, credit cards, and loose receipts you’re inevitably going to jam in there. Acne Studios Fluorite Grapefruit, $470, available at Acne Studios.
The Unique Ring An eye-catching ring spices up your outfit, but is not so costume-y that you can't wear it every single day. Julie Nolan Brass Snake Ring, $54, available at Catbird.
The Crisp Button-Up It's the foundation of many a wardrobe — and lots of us have more than one in our closets. But an interesting twist, like layers or ruffles, adds something special to a piece so classic. Cos Cotton Poplin and Jersey Shirt, $89, available at COS.