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12 Nonbasic Basics to Invest In

It can take your third or fourth closet cleanout of lockdown to really grasp the importance of investing wisely. You know—buying fewer, better things. Sidestepping the trend traps (looking at you, tiny sunglasses) and throwing down only for pieces you know you’ll wear often and love forever. To that end, we’ve rounded up twelve enduring, entirely fadproof pieces worth the price tag.

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    Warm Regards

    Timeless, slouchy, snuggle-up-in-it soft—let’s just say this nautical sweater is stripe for the picking.

    G. Label Carolina OVersize pullover, goop, $395; G. LABEL BRANDON WIDE-LEG LOUNGE PANTS, goop, $450

    2. G. Label Carolina OVersize sweater
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    Wide Shot

    While not an obvious choice, wider-than-wide-legs (one of GP’s favorite cuts) will always be cool.

    G. LABEL ANASTASIA RACERBACK TANK, goop, $145; G. Label Demi wide-leg Drawstring Cargo pants, goop, $495; A EMERY SANDALS, goop, $170

    2. G. Label Demi wide-leg Drawstring Cargo pants
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    Polo Club

    A playful riff on a prep-school staple, this bright-green polo makes any pair of pants—say, the Celine jeans below—look decidedly smart.

    Gucci sweater, Gucci, $1,300

    1. Gucci sweater
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    Stay Gold

    Nak Armstrong’s high-shine pendant elevates any neckline, whether worn on its own or layered with lots of other gold chains.

    Nak Armstrong necklace, goop, $19,950

    1. Nak Armstrong necklace
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    Just for Kicks

    If your once-white leather sneakers are looking dingy, scuffed, or otherwise worse for wear, consider this black-and-tan upgrade.

    Loewe sneakers, Loewe, $650

    1. Loewe sneakers
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    Jean Pool

    Hedi Slimane transforms straight-leg jeans from classic to ever-so-cool with cuffed hems and metal embellishments stitched into the waist.

    Celine jeans, Celine, $990

    1. Celine jeans
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    That’s a Wrap

    A silk scarf is the Swiss Army knife of accessories. Wrap it, knot it—it even moonlights as a face covering in a pinch.

    HermÈs shawl, Hermès, $1,100

    1. HermÈs shawl
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    CC Me

    These chunky tweed sandals + an at-home pedicure = your summer shoe situation, sorted.

    Chanel sandals, Chanel, $1,225

    1. Chanel sandals
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    Time Management

    Time to give your Fitbit the night off. An elegant eighteen-karat gold watch is just right for more dressed-up occasions.

    Cartier watch, Cartier, $25,100

    1. Cartier watch
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    Dress Code

    Sculpting, shin-grazing, and altogether seasonless, an occasion-ready LBD is always a good idea.

    G. label Hoffman mid-length a-line sweaterdress, goop, $795

    1. G. label Hoffman mid-length a-line sweaterdress
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    Grey Anatomy

    Knit sets are to this year what tie-dye sweatsuits were to last: cozy, comforting one-minute outfits you’ll reach for constantly.

    Studio nicholson top, goop, $345; STUDIO NICHOLSON PANTS, goop, $425; BIRKENSTOCK SHOES, goop, $165

    1. Studio nicholson top and pants
    2. Studio nicholson top
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    Denim Daze

    This is not your average jean jacket. Team G. Label updated this one with subtly sporty details (stand collar, cotton cords) that set it apart from the rest.

    G. Label Diaz Utility Jean Jacket, goop, $425

    1. G. Label Diaz Utility Jean Jacket