Not only is buying a new wardrobe with the changing of seasonal tides expensive, it's labor intensive and impractical. Even more so, when you consider how many trends are popular at any given time, that the list of "classic" pieces is ever expanding and that the rules for dressing are in the hands of the wearer more than ever before. That's why we've decided to share some of our go-to pieces that take us from fall to spring, spring to fall — and beyond.
This piece is a must have for every season; its layering capabilities make it extremely useful. Put it under a blazer or over a sweater now, and add it as a casual accent in warmer months to sleeveless tops and dresses.
$88 at Madewell.
Simple shift = so many possibilities. This basic black number has trendy elements perfect for the '12, '13 seasons but yet are simple enough to be worn long after. It's all about the art of the layer. Add a jacket, scarf, and tights to it now, leave your limbs bare when the sun starts to show his face later on.
$415 at Barneys.
How cute (and affordable) are these? The ankle length makes them appropriate for flats, sandals, heels and boots. The neutral color and zip detail are on point for military style. Pair it with your favorite gray sweater now, and your favorite gray tank or T later. Add edgy jewelry to either outfit for an extra dose of cool.
$34.94 at Old Navy.
Lightweight Red Sweater
We're so excited about the influx of red this season. Not only is darker red so universally flattering it's practically a neutral, but it's a color that's been underutilized for far too long. The loose knit of this sweater allows you to layer a different color underneath and the longer length means that it's going to work perfectly with leggings and flats or over a simple pencil skirt in warmer weather.
$290 at Intermix.
It's goes without saying that anything white is appropriate for spring and summer, but we're here to tell you it's the "daring" color for winter and fall too. This pair has a 70s cut that makes them an instant wardrobe classic with years of potential wear in store.
$88 at Metropark USA.
Floral Print Dress
This little number with a pair of tights and a blazer is sweet, girly perfection. With bare legs it can effect a sexy vibe too.
$89 at Urban Outfitters.
Gold Sequin Skirt
Gold is sexy whatever the season. We love the chambray pairing here, giving it a casual touch. And we can imagine the possibilities of transferring it to evening with tights, heels, and a simple black tank for fall.
$90 at Lands End.
Just lately there's been an influx of celebrity romper and jumpsuit looks to hit the red carpet. They're more versatile than you think! This is cocktail ready in a heartbeat, for any season.
$96 at Topshop.