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These timeless garments will give you the most cost-per-wear
TROUSERS: Dressed up or down, a pair of smart high-waisted trousers is worth investing in. Ruby trousers $199.
BLAZER: Try a slim-fitting menswear-inspired blazer with jeans for a timeless look you'll still be wearing years from now. J.Crew blazer, about $300, from Nordstrom.
CIRCLE SKIRT: A fun and flattering silhouette that can be worn just as easily with stockings in cooler weather as with sandals in summer. Twenty-seven Names skirt $380.
PUMPS: A classic black heel will never date. Alexander Wang suede pumps, about $930, from Stylebop.
BLACK DRESS: You never know when you might need a simple black dress. A.L.C dress, about $695, from Moda Operandi.
LEATHER JACKET: A good leather jacket is a buy now, wear forever piece. Acne leather jacket, about $2700, from Net-a-Porter.
LIGHTWEIGHT TRENCH: Choose a crisp cotton trench with a slim fit - why not try it in gingham rather than the usual tan or olive? J.Crew trench coat, about $420, from Net-a-Porter.
CARDIGAN: Drape it over your shoulders on a summer night or button it up and throw a coat over the top in winter. Isabel Marant Etoile cardigan, about $425, from Matchesfashion.
WHITE SHIRT: Everyone should own at least one white shirt - try one that is a little different, with a frill or pussy bow. Dsquared2 shirt, about $470, from Stylebop.
SHIRT DRESS: This versatile dress is an easy wardrobe staple. Country Road shirt dress $229. Shop more flattering shirt dresses.
BOMBER JACKET: This jacket has been going through a revival, and can be worn with a dress or jeans. Alpha Industries bomber jacket, about $200. Shop more cool bomber jackets.
DENIM JACKET: In a black or blue wash, this is a year round must-have. Levi's denim jacket, about $125, from Nasty Gal.
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