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 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 on to, 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.
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.
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.
Watches are a beautiful investment piece, and timeless styles like this one from Cartier prove to become more valuable over time.
The slip skirt is the new modern separate we’re seeing in the closets of cool girls everywhere. Hold on to this versatile piece.
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.
While designers are constantly releasing new bag styles, it’s always worth holding onto the classics, like this Chanel quilted flap silhouette.
Leather boots are the winter staple you’ll always return to when the season comes around on the calendar.