Instant Classics

Fad? Don’t know her. Invest in the new decade’s must-have pieces that we swear will never go out of style.

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Whether it’s paired with trousers for the office or dressed up for evening with a bold bauble and a tea-length skirt, an impeccably tailored blazer grinds for your wardrobe no matter the occasion.

Fashion's Instant Classics: Blazers

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Shop blazers that work day to night here.


Instant Classics" Jewelry

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For its 20th anniversary, Bulgari’s iconic B.zero1 collection goes rebel-rogue with spiky stud detailing.

Sally Lapointe top; Bulgari rings, bracelets, necklace.

Shop the entire collection here.


Fashion's Instant Classics: Sandal

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If 2019 was the year of thin, strappy footwear, 2020 is taking the trend to knee-high heights: Lace tie-ups are the standout substitute for heels.

Instant Classics: Sandal

Left: Celine by Hedi Slimane dress; Marlo Laz necklace; Simon G. bracelets; Longchamp shoes. Top Right: Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello top and skirt; Messika Paris bracelet; Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. Bottom Right: Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello dress; Maslo necklace; Etro shoes.

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Shop lace-up flats worth tossing your heels for here.


Instant Classics: Big Links

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Lock down the mood of the moment. In a variety of types, from rolo to twisted curb chains, heavy cable hardware makes an undeniable statement.

Instant Classics: Links

Clockwise from Top Left: Rush Jewelry Design necklace. Miu Miu sweater; David Yurman necklace. Miu Miu sweater; Bleecker & Prince earrings; Bottega Veneta necklace. Miu Miu sweater; Eliou earrings; Zoe Chicco long pendant necklace; Deborah Pagani large chain necklace; Zales small chain necklace.

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Shop more thick chain-link necklaces here.


Fashion classics: Bamboo handle

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In response to WWII rations, in 1947 Gucci shaped bamboo into top handles on purses. The inventive style may have stemmed from necessity, but it’s since become a staple for fashion trendsetters, from Princess Diana to Beyoncé.

Tod’s coat; Aaryah ring; Miu Miu bag. Carolina Herrera Coat; Modern Picnic bag. Altuzarra coat; Legier ring; Brahmin bag. Nina Ricci coat; Aaryah ring; Gucci bag.

Shop the trend here.


Instant Classics: Pointed Flats

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With a tapered toe and a larger-than-ever bow, Ferragamo’s new Viva shoe is a fresh, elegant riff on the house’s Vara flats, designed by Fiamma Ferragamo in 1978.

Instant Classics: pointed flat

Salvatore Ferragamo coat, shorts, socks, shoes.

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Shop more pointed-toe flats we love here.


Fashion Classics: Backpack

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Your grade-school go-to is all grown up. With a structured silhouette in glossy leather, the drawstring knapsack graduates into adulting territory.

Instant Classics: backpack

Gucci jacket, pants, backpack.

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Shop more of the chicest backpacks we've ever seen here.


fashion classics: eyewear

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Glasses straps, but make it fashion: These once-kitschy accessories shake their grandma reputation for irreverent cool-girl status.

Tory Burch jacket; Linda Farrow sunglasses, eyewear chain. Self-Portrait jacket; Fendi sunglasses, eyewear chain. Hermes jacket; Chloe sunglasses; Donni eyewear chain. Kate Spade jacket; Chanel sunglasses with chain.

Shop eyewear chains to up your accessories game here.


Fashion classics: shirt

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Trade your elemental white blouse for a dress shirt in a subtle shade of cerulean or cobalt. (We promise it’s equally versatile. See for yourself below.)

Shop blue button-ups that are anything but boring here.

Fashion Editor: Julia Gall / Photographer: Tyler Joe / Models: Somin Park at Muse Management, Ange-Marie M at Heroes NY, Marylou Moll at The Society Management, and Awa Florence at Parts Models / Hair: Joseph Maine at The Wall Group for Trademark Beauty / Makeup: Tracy Alfajora for NYX Cosmetics / Manicures: Dawn Sterling at Statement Artists for Pear Nova.

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Julia Gall
Julia Gall

Julia Gall is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering all things fashion, as well as styling tips, wardrobe upkeep and sustainability. Check her out at @juliasgall.