When it comes to building up my wardrobe for any new season, some of the first things I look for are pieces that will help to create a certain timeless sensibility – no matter how much you choose to go with exciting statement trends, it is always great to have a classic foundation that you can fall back on to make dressing for any day a super easy process. For me it’s all about great cuts, layers of a pared-back monochrome and neutral palette, clean lines and fabrications that deliver a feel of luxury. Keeping things classic doesn’t mean that you can’t touch on trends.

This season, important details like utility patch pockets, pleats and ribbed knits, and key shapes like turtlenecks and wrap skirts will help you feel engaged with the current fashion direction, while layers of top-to-toe white, ivory, or black (or any combination of these) will maintain an overall feel of sophistication.

From work to weekend, these are the pieces that will pull through in the biggest of wardrobe crises and solve your problems better than a top-dollar therapist ever could.

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Photos: Liz McLeish // Makeup: Tre Dallas