With all the talk of trends and style risks, it's easy to forget the power of streamlined, reliable basics. These spring standouts are the building blocks of the working woman's wardrobe so go ahead, plan your outfit around them.
There's no need to wait for April showers to don this winning coat. Appropriately named for its iconic silhouette, this double-breasted classic will finish off skinny jeans, pull together a skirt ensemble, and pop against both dark and brights. The designers thought of every detail — a notch collar, buckle-tab cuffs, a waist-nipping tie — and we're grateful for each one. $298, J.Crew.
The ultimate blank palette, this simple skirt cries for a silky printed blouse, a fabulous pair of heels, and killer jewelry. We'd pair it with peep-toe, patent leather pumps, a stack of bracelets, and a statement necklace. Voila! $150, Shopbop.