When we met Jamie Schmones Erickson, one of the real women featured in our Find Your Perfect campaign, we marveled at loyalty to a few key pieces in her wardrobe. Her olive green military jacket, for example. “I’ve had [it] for, like, 12 years. Every season I might go buy a spring coat, but I always come back to that jacket. Unless I have on army pants—then I’ll wear a jean jacket, but it’s one or the other.” Jamie knows that trends come and go, but classic pieces last a lifetime. From a black leather tote to timeless white jeans, there are certain fashion staples you just need in your closet. And we promise you’ll wear them all year round. So check off the list with these eight essential items.
1. The White Jeans
2. The Chambray Shirt
3. The Military Jacket
This Madewell jacket is perfect for all the between-season layering around fall and spring. We love it layered under a coat in the dead of winter, too.
4. The Striped Shirt
Add stripes and you’re instantly chic. This classic J.Crew style brings French-girl charm to any outfit.
5. The Chelsea Boot
A must-have shoe for all seasons, the suede Chelsea boot goes with pretty much anything and everything.
6. The Leather Tote
The perfect everyday bag. From shopping to traveling and everything in between, this Baggu tote’s got you covered.
7. The Denim Jacket
It doesn’t get any more timeless than a Levi’s jean jacket. The perfect topper for any look.
8. The Peacoat
Warm, dependable, versatile, classic. Invest in a Burberry peacoat with lasting style.
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