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5 Classic buys for trendy women

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Must-have fashion classics

Even the trendiest woman should have some classic staples in her closet. These pieces will build the foundation of your wardrobe. Partner these versatile components with all the newest trends to create a wide assortment of outfits that are effortlessly chic and always stylish.

1White shirt

A white button-down shirt is a classic essential that can be worn just about anywhere. We love the Easy perfect shirt ($50 at Gap) in Optic White. This slim fitting collared shirt hits at the hip for a figure-flattering shape that can't be be beat. The iconic white shirt can team up with everything from skinny jeans to a flirty skirt. Get two -- one silky and one cotton -- to dress up and dress down.

Easy perfect shirt


2Trench coat

Structured and chic, the trench coat is a true wardrobe classic. If you don't like the straight lines of a traditional trench, look for one with a little flare. Check out the London Fog double-breasted trench ($168 at Nordstrom) with its epaulets, buckle-tab cuffs and belted waist. This water-resistant trench coat comes in khaki or black.

London Fog double-breasted trench


3Pencil skirt

Christian Dior introduced the modern pencil skirt in the late 1940s and it's still a classic piece worn by women around the world today. The pencil skirt is long and slim, falling to the knee or just below. Pencil skirts can be worn with pumps for a classic look, with ballet flats for a more casual appeal, with loafers for a preppy style or with knee-high boots for a contemporary fall outfit. If you aren't used to wearing a pencil skirt, practice getting in and out of the car, as well as walking in shorter strides. We adore the Ferragamo houndstooth wool pencil skirt ($605 at Stylebop) with its trendy high waist and figure-hugging style. For something more affordable, consider the ASOS houndstooth pencil skirt ($65 at ASOS).

ASOS houndstooth pencil skirt


4Oversized sunglasses

From Jackie O to Beyonce, influential women have been wearing oversized shades for decades. A pair of big, bold sunglasses can take any outfit from drab to fab instantaneously. And oversized sunglasses don't just look good, they protect your eyes (and the sensitive skin around them) from the sun's harmful rays. They are also ideal for those days when you didn't exactly get enough sleep the night before. Invest in a pair of designer shades like the Prada oversized rounded sunglasses with dark brown gradient lenses ($310 at Neiman Marcus).

Prada oversized rounded sunglasses


5Ballet flats

Black high-heel pumps are classic, but they aren't the only essential shoes that you should own. Every woman should have a pair (or a few pairs) of ballet flats. Comfortable yet stylish, these shoes can be worn with everything from jeans to a business suit. Black or brown ballet flats are versatile, but don't be afraid to experiment with color. We love the Attilio Giusti Leombruni chain trim ballet flats ($295 at Nordstrom) in rich red suede with a black patent cap toe. Also consider the Me Too 'Lysette' flats ($80 at Nordstrom) in glossy patent leather.

Me Too 'Lysette' flats


Other classic pieces that can make a statement in a trendy wardrobe include a little black dress, cashmere cardigan, black turtleneck, comfy jeans, men's watch and diamond earrings.

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