Designer labels are certainly expensive, but the best part about them is that you only need a few to upgrade your entire look. A beautiful bracelet and sultry stilettos can make jeans and a t-shirt look effortlessly cool, and a single statement bauble can add glamour and elegance to even your simplest dresses.

Invest in a handful of versatile staples that you can wear over and over again with the items you already have in your closet. While you’ll pay a pretty penny up front, the years of wear you’ll get out of these  premium pieces make them more cost effective than buying and re-buying lower-quality things that break, wear out, and go out of style.

Here are 6 essential designer pieces to pair with the clothes you already own, from your jeans, to your tees, to your favorite going out dresses. When you have a few core layers and accessories that you can rotate with different outfits, everything you wear will instantly look more expensive.

Cropped Jacket

Leather, moto, tweed, or wool, a cropped jacket with a flawless fit looks good with just about everything. From running errands in denim to heading to dinner in your LBD, a chic cropped jacket can class up all your looks.

Cropped Jacket

IRO Houndstooth Tweed Jacket // Nordstrom

Signature Jewelry

Your favorite piece of signature jewelry can be worn every single day, if that’s what you wish. Whether it’s a classic bangle or a stellar pair of stud earrings, a “goes-with-anything,” quality item can add style to any outfit. This can be quite an investment, but it’s worth it if you know how to buy jewelry the right way. Your perfect piece should be fashionably timeless and will be treasured for years.

Signature Jewelry

Hermes Filet d’Or Rose Gold Bracelet // Opulent Jewelers

Killer Heels

A stunning pair of “look at me” heels can elevate your look in two seconds flat. Sexy pumps give off the vibe of Hollywood glamour, and you’ll feel like a million bucks whether you’re wearing them with slacks and a blouse, a pencil skirt, or an evening gown. Good quality shoes can last a lifetime if they’re properly cared for; and bonus points if they’re comfortable, to boot!

Killer Heels

Eklectica Pumps // Christian Louboutin

Statement Purse

A swoon-worthy bag is both functional and fashionable. It’s something you’ll use every day, so find one that makes a chic statement by choosing a designer purse you’ll be proud to show off. Whether you prefer a tote for stashing a lot of stuff, an easy-to-carry clutch, or an hands-free crossbody, it should be one that fits your lifestyle.

Statement Purse essential designer pieces

Small Tess Bag // Chloé

Trench Coat

These multitasking coats can be donned in spring, fall, and winter, over pants, dresses, or skirts. Trenches will always be in fashion, and a quality one brings elegance to any ensemble. Whether you opt for classic black or tan, or you choose a hue that lends a playful pop, every woman should have this timeless piece in her clothing collection. As an additional tip, you should choose a trench coat made from wool from cashmere goat or just wool for better comfortability.

Red Trench Coat essential designer pieces

Burberry London ‘Sandringham’ Long Slim Cashmere Trench Coat // Nordstrom


An LBD — or Little Black Dress — is an absolute must. This wardrobe staple should be relatively simple, and most importantly, it should fit impeccably. That’s because an LBD can be worn for so many different occasions, including work, meetings, dinner parties, cocktail hour, dates nights, and more. Mix and match with different accessories, and you’ll create infinite looks from one dress.

Little Black essential designer pieces

Milly Flare Hem Dress // Nordstrom