In a season full of wows, there are a few pieces we’ve anointed the must-haves — singular elements that can, in one stylish swoop, update a whole wardrobe. Here, the great eight, from cape to heels. Make room in the closet.
The completely on-trend cape is a high-style alternative to a coat—throw it on and go.
The Faux-Leather Pant
A little faux leather, and a whole lot of glamour — that’s the beauty of pants with a shot of rock ‘n roll chic.
The Pencil Skirt
A sharply tailored pencil skirt in a modern above-knee length, and spicy hues — a key piece from Monday meetings to Sunday flea markets.
The Cashmere Sweater
The forever classic in a slew of new shapes and tones — color-block cardigans, A-line silhouettes, on-trend peplums — and spicy fall hues.
The Marled Sweater
Twisted yarns and a pretty pleat at the back add a dash of panache to a marvelously marled crewneck.
Retro-inspired yet thoroughly modern, a curvy Italian pump with artful seams makes legs look miles long.
Toss a vintage-inspired jacket over dresses or denim to look completely pulled together. We especially love a tapestry print with a boho vibe.
A dotty shirtdress is the ultimate in put-together dressing. Buttoned up, it’s a ladylike work silhouette; unbuttoned a bit, it can take on the town.