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Being the modern sophisticate that you are, you know that the foundation of any great closet starts and ends with the classics. But that doesn’t mean you can’t freshen things up now and then. How do ballet flats (that won’t bore you to death) sound? Great. Then you’ll love our definitive list of the new wardrobe essentials every chic lady needs.

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THE CAMEL COAT

We’re not saying you need to retire your black coat entirely, but this neutral hue not only feels like a breath of fresh air but also looks good on everyone. And yes, you minimalists out there already know you can still rock black, gray or navy underneath--and then add a pop of cherry red closer to spring.

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THE BOW-TIE BLOUSE

A little bit feminine with a cheeky nod to menswear, the tie-front blouse is a romantic variation on the crisp button-up shirts we all know and love.

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DIAMOND RINGS, REIMAGINED

Sure, sure, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but what good is a friend that’s too fancy for an impromptu yoga-and-coffee date or a quick run to the farmers’ market? Fine jewelry will always be essential, but the more modern approach is to invest in wearable pieces that aren’t too precious for your not-so-precious everyday life. These stunning Piaget rings look right at home with everything from a cozy knit to a cocktail sheath, and the unique inner band is turnable (since we know you love to fidget with your baubles). Mix and match metals and stack them on one finger to take your style one step further.

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THE NEW SHOULDER BAG

The best of both worlds: An equestrian-inspired saddlebag is both preppy and casual, while still being structured and polished. Petite proportions and a crossbody strap make it an ideal tote to sling over your shoulder and get a move on all day long.

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THE SLEEKER BLAZER

From cubicle to cocktails to conferences, your classic blazer works hard for you. The tuxedo style is its fancier cousin with a single-button closure (which nips you in at the waist) and a silky contrast lapel. You can also call on this tailored topper to elevate off-duty denim or maximize a pair of sleek cropped trousers.

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THE CHICER EVERYDAY TEE

A Breton striped top is the quickest way to say “casual” without looking like a slob. This fashionperennial can be swapped in pretty much anytime you would reach for your classic white tee. And best of all? It’ll never (ever) go out of style.

Culottes

THE COOLEST CULOTTES

Skip the skirt in favor of--that’s right--pants. It may sound risky, but you need a break from those trusty A-line skirts (we know you’ve got a few of the universally flattering silhouette). Guaranteed, culottesinstantly make your outfit trendier. Look for a length that hits at the narrowest part of your calf, and feelfree to pair them with knee-high boots to get you through ’til spring.

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THE LACE-UP FLATS

Plain ballerina flats have been the go-to slip-ons for several seasons. (Yawn.) Now, ankle-wrapping lace-up ties make them feel current without sacrificing their classic appeal. Sport them with a pair of cropped jeans or trousers, and then find a killer tiled floor for your Instagram moment.

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THE FLARED DENIM

Don’t worry, skinny jeans devotees: Your favorite silhouette isn’t going anywhere. So please, allow us to make the case for ’70s-inspired denim: The high waist flatters everyone, while the wider leg openings add all kinds of polish. Oh yeah, and you’ll have legs for days. Are you convinced yet?

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THE NEUTRAL NAIL POLISH

You’ve been sporting scarlet nails since 1998. It’s time to retire the red for a neutral--even if for just a few manis. This hue (a favorite of minimalists) goes with everything, always looks put together and has the magical ability to make your fingers look longer. With so many cool and warm shades of neutral available--from “greige” (gray-beige) to the palest blush--you’re bound to find one that complements your skin tone.