The key to cracking the perfect closet is to nail the essentials; get the building blocks right and the rest is window dressing. With that in mind, it’s worth taking your time to curate a capsule of staples that, yes, look great, but will also act as a pitch perfect base for the more directional looks that you invest in. Don’t be fooled, though – the simplest pieces can be the hardest to pinpoint, which is where these elevated, wear-forever basics come in. From flawless shirts and skinny vests that are cut just-so, to dream denim in irresistible washes and soft, easy sweaters, these are the definition of modern classics. And don’t forget that the principle extends to your beauty bag, too; stock up on mascara, tinted lip balm and a flawless foundation for a day-to-day edit you can swear by.