While there are some pieces like a classic white button-down shirt or a Hermes Kelly handbag, there are also styles that have more recently become somewhat edgier classics – perfect for the woman who doesn’t necessarily want the traditional look.
Inspired by motorcycle gear and adorned bold hardware and tassels, these bags with their distinctive slouch are luxe without being fussy about it. And the rainbow of colors available every season ensures there is a shade for virtually everyone. This rich deep blue is neutral without being boring, making it a nice alternative to black.
Love it or hate it, that red sole is unforgettable. Stick with black or nude patent and sleek shapes, and you’ll have shoes that will add some saucy sex appeal for the rest of your life. These black patent Filo pumps are the perfect example of Christian Louboutin’s ability to put a distinctive twist on a timeless silhouette.
There are certain styles, like Air Jordans or Adidas shell-toes, that always look downtown cool. Try switching your standard flats for a pair of classic sneaks like these taupe and metallic gold Adidas Adi Hoops next time you want to look effortlessly casual, yet stylish.
Taking the look off the streets and making it utterly chic started with Stephen Sprouse and Louis Vuitton’s memorable collaboration, but it has continued since then. Try out the look with this TopShop sheath in blue and white – the shape is relatively conservative, but the print is anything but.
Alexander McQueen Skull Scarves
Mr. McQueen (RIP) singlehandedly made skulls not only cool, but haute couture. His scarves add an alluring edge to virtually any outfit, and the lightweight chiffon is seasonless. Our current favorite is this gold and black version that’s neutral yet striking.
1. Balemciaga Classic City Bag, $1471
2. Christian Louboutin Filo Patent Leather Platform Red Sole Pump, $795
3. Adidas Women’s Adi Hoop Mid Sneakers, now $32.49
4. Topshop ‘Egypt Graffiti’ Print Midi Tank Dress, $64
5. Alexander McQueen Skulls Scarf, $295
What pieces do you consider to be modern classics?
– Jacqueline Zenn
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