14 Essential Accessories You Need For a Timeless Wardrobe

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It’s astonishing what a thoughtfully curated capsule wardrobe can do for you. Whether it’s the perfect white T-shirt, everyday trousers, or a day-to-night blazer, once you’re equipped on the wardrobe essentials-front, getting dressed is no longer a chore but a well-rehearsed daily exercise.

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While we don’t need further evidence of the importance of the capsule wardrobe, transitioning our wardrobes from the gloomy days of winter to spring means getting dressed requires more than just a statement coat and chunky sweater. But a core curation of timeless pieces doesn’t end with ready-to-wear. Mais non! Essential accessories, too, hold a place in the world of capsule dressing. It’s the elegant belt to take your look from corporate to Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, or the gold hoops to upgrade any office attire. The sleek shoulder bag to layer atop a quilted shell jacket or anything-but-basic black leggings. 

If you’re still looking for the perfect basics (let’s call them classics) to update your accessories arsenal, look no further than Vogue’s edit of essential accessories a.k.a. stylish wardrobe add-ons to buy now and love forever.

From stilettos to platforms and back to kitten heels, for those married to a heel, there’s a style to suit every taste.

Bottega Veneta Punta slingback pumps

Khaite Seneca leather sandals

These days, you can’t have a fashion flat without a Mary Jane or two. Sans the stylish strap, a minimal ballet flat is just as chic a choice. And when it comes to the classics, nothing compares to a Gucci loafer. 

Gucci Jordaan leather loafers

Everlane The Italian Leather Day Ballet Flats

Miu Miu crystal Mary Jane ballerina flats

To the office or a weekend getaway, a do-it-all tote bag is a true sartorial hero.

Bottega Veneta Arco medium intrecciato leather tote

DeMellier midi New York leather tote

Dragon Diffusion Santa Croce tote bag

Every essential accessories collection needs an on-trend trainer. These cool, but classic options are high on our shopping list with an everlasting closet appeal. 

Loewe Flow Runner sneakers

Adidas Originals Campus ‘80s sneakers

The Row Owen City sneakers

Nothing says “put-together” quite like a well-stocked jewelry box. Our undisputed heroes? Hoop earrings, chain necklaces, and stackable ring sets. 

Laura Lombardi Piatta herringbone-chain necklace

Brilliant Earth Dome huggie earrings

A shoulder bag is a loyal companion for every day of the week, no matter the occasion. Stick to the muted end of the color spectrum for an extensive shelf-life. 

Gucci Jackie 1961 small shoulder bag

Loewe puzzle shoulder bag

The Row Half Moon shoulder bag

Wandler Penelope shoulder bag

When choosing an understated, yet elegant leather belt, one with a simple buckle in gold or silver is the chic choice. From the High Street to the ultra-luxe, loop yours through jeans and trousers or even over blazers and dresses. 

The Row oval leather belt

Mango belt with geometric buckle

A wear-everywhere black boot is a perennial closet staple–a seasonless star, if you will. Pointed-toe styles make for an elegant evening out.  

Reformation Remy knee boots

Porte & Paire leather knee boots

Staud Wally patent ankle boots

Whether it’s black or white (or cashmere to cozy up in), socks are a non-negotiable essential accessory. 

Comme Si The Danielle Socks

The Row ribbed cashmere socks

Everlane The Ribbed Crew Socks

Eyewear trends come and go, but some iterations never go out of style (excuse the cliché). Cue wayfarers, aviators and cat-eyes for inspiration.

Saint Laurent Eyewear Sulpice D-frame acetate sunglasses

Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses

Celine Eyewear cat-eye sunglasses

A stylish silk scarf is the ultimate styling accouterment–wear it in your hair, around your neck, as a belt, or even as a top for the perfect piece of resort wear. 

Totême monogram stripe-print silk scarf

Saint Laurent Harlequin-print silk-twill scarf

Valentino V-Logo silk scarf

Keeping warm in winter’s blistering cold is key. Do so in style with a pair of quality hand-cozies.

Gucci Horsebit leather gloves

Johnstons of Elgin cable-knit cashmere gloves

The Row Halita cashmere gloves

Bottega Veneta intrecciato leather gloves

Scrunchies, hair bands, and hair clips–you name it. Look no further for finishing touches. 

Crown Affair The Silk Scrunchie set

Alexandre de Paris hair clip

Lelet NY Jackie pearl bralette

Whether you love beanies or wide-brim styles, when it comes to headwear, options are endless. These pieces will stand the test of time. 

Totême canvas baseball cap

Everlane The Cashmere Beanie

Lack of Color Rancher hat