Update The Classics With These Modern Equivalents

There are certain fashion items that will never go out of style (barring a zombie apocalypse). We can't imagine a world where a plain white shirt, a classic pump, or a gold bracelet would ever be considered a faux pas, and we stand by our belief that a timeless piece should be purchased with the expectation that it'll live happily in your closet, ad infinitum.
That said, buying the perfect, classic pair of jeans or go-anywhere work bag today isn't like it was twenty years ago. Classics get updated all the time, and we're here to help you decide if you need to refocus your scope and find timeless pieces that also feel fresh, or fall in love all over again with the original — shop with us as we figure out the modern-day equivalents of the pieces that never go out of style.
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The Casual Jacket — Coco Chanel envisioned her boucle jacket going seamlessly from the country to the city, a fishing trip to a dinner party, and every manner of activity in between. We think that the slim-fit leather jacket performs the same task, while adding a splash of badassery, too.

Photo: Via ChickDownTown; 3.1 Phillip Lim Motorcross Jacket, $1,450, available at La Garconne.
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The Jean — Nothing could come between you and your Calvins... except, maybe, a gorgeous pair of A.P.C.s. Like Calvins, they feature the perfect rise and a perfect fit, but you'll find that the washes, fabric weights, and cuts are a little more modern.

Calvin Klein Silver Skinny Jean, $49.50, available at Calvin Klein Jeans; A.P.C. Shorter New Cure Jeans, $225, available at A.P.C..
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The Lingerie-Inspired Piece — The Dolce & Gabbana bustier dress was a staple in every fashion enthusiast's closet in the '80s and '90s. These days, an athletic-inspired top can give you the same sense of structure and sex appeal as the old version, but will make you look tough instead of delicate.

Dolce & Gabbana Satin Bustier Dress, $1,575, available at Net-a-Porter; Alexander Wang Mesh Cargo Bustier, $880, available at Farfetch.
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The Wrap Dress — When it comes to this shape, there's no designer who does it better than DVF. The good thing about a Diane von Furstenberg wrap is that it will never go out of style. But, if you're looking for a new iteration, or are making your first wrap dress purchase, consider buying a collar-less dress in a more unconventional length.

DVF New Jeanne Dress, $416, available at Matches; DVF Zalda Dress, $325, available at DVF.
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The Luxury Work Bag — Carrying a Birkin bag to work should mean a few things about a woman: She's got the salary to afford it, she's got the paperwork to fill it, and she's got the sass to pull it off. These days, we love the Céline trapeze bag as much as the Birkin, for its myriad colorways and no-fuss design.

Hermès Birkin Bag; Photo: Courtesy of Rue La La; Celine Trapeze Bag, Photo: Courtesy of Celine.
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The Pump — We've already made our obsession with Manolo Blahnik's never-go-out-of-style shape pretty clear. While the shoe of choice might have been a simple black pump with a splash of bling, these days, it's all about the color, baby. Wear them with jeans or slip them on with a gown. It's a fool-proof shoe that makes everything else look 1,000x sleeker.

Manolo Blahnik Satin Pump, $945, available at Savannahs; Manolo Blahnik BB Suede Pump, $595, available at Neiman Marcus.
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The Summer Scarf — The Alexander McQueen skull scarf definitely had its moment in the sun, but if you don't want to relive 2003, an ethically traded, sustainably made scarf (like this awesome striped one from LemLem) is a smart buy that you'll find yourself wearing — and talking up — all the time.

Alexander McQueen Skull Print Scarf, $416.67, available at Nathalie Schuterman; Lemlem Classic Dolo Scarf, $125, available at Steven Alan.
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The White Shirt — A crisp, white shirt is a standard in every closet, but if you're not the poplin type (read: you're not the ironing type), we love a white silk option just as much.

Carolina Herrera Poplin White Shirt, $495, available at Farfetch; Equipment Signature Blouse, $208, available at Otte.
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The Gold Bracelet — Put it on and never take it off...that's the hallmark of a great, gold bracelet. The Cartier Love bracelet has an appeal that can't be missed, but for those who don't want to be locked into a piece of jewelry (or commit to something quite so spendy), this hook bracelet from Giles & Brother is the perfect, modern update.

Cartier Love Bracelet, $3,600, available at Cartier; Giles & Brother Hook Cuff, $115, available at Giles & Brother.
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The Trench Coat — Burberry always has and always will make the perfect trench coat, but if you don't have a hand-me-down or haven't encountered one on a particularly fruitful thrifting trip, it's a smart idea to buy a new coat that's got a little something extra in terms of a more modern fit, a shorter length, and interesting details like piping that make it extra special.

Burberry London Trench Coat, $647.50, available at Net-a-Porter; Burberry London Piped Coat, $1,195, available at Burberry.