Shop Now, Wear Later: Timeless Wardrobe Staples

Come midsummer, our inboxes are flooded with alerts of sales. All of a sudden, with six weeks of balmy weather to go, we're tempted by frothy dresses, strappy sandals, and every imaginable iteration of the beach tote. In the interest of buying less but buying well, we've put together a short list of enduring favorites to purchase now and wear far into fall – should you too choose to put blinders on to the lure of probably-don't-need-it discounted wares, and opt for one or two classic styles instead. 

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Merlette Blouse & Bulgari Lucea Watch

Humble cotton gets high treatment from Merlette: each of label's romantic dresses and blouses is thoughtfully crafted with delicate embroidery and draping. While this blouse is light enough for August weather, it will surely be a staple year round. We love the idea of a hint of glamour peeking out from under the floaty cuff, in the form of Bulgari's stunning Lucea watch – complete with a contrasting steel-and-gold bracelet and a cabochon ruby crown.

Merlette Majorelle cotton blouse, $380; merlettenyc.com, Bulgari Lucea watch, $9,650; troverie.com

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Carrie Forbes Salon Sandals & Hamilton Ardmore Quartz Watch

While you most likely can't wear these sandals year round (unless, perhaps, you're reading this from Florida,) you will be able to pull them out year and year again – the leather soles just get more supple with wear. Pair with a leather-strapped classic from American brand Hamilton – the Ardmore, first introduced in 1937, boasts slender Roman numerals and a classic soft cognac strap that will accent a summer dress as well as it will fall's muted work wardrobe.

Carrie Forbes raffia and leather sandals, $300, carrieforbesinc.com, Hamilton Ardmore watch, $445; troverie.com

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Ji Oh Denim & Raymond Weil Tango Quartz Classic Date Watch

Designer Ji Oh breathed new life into a pair of vintage jeans with the addition of a cinched paper bag waist and a frayed front seam as part of her sustainable fashion mission –a refreshing reminder in the throes of sale season. Pair with a Raymond Weil Tango, a wear-everywhere staple for years to come.

Ji Oh jeans, $175; jiohny.com, Raymond Weil watch, $895; troverie.com

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J.Hannah Tetra Earrings & NOMOS Glashütte Orion 33 Rosé Watch

Timlessness and quality are central to designer Jess Hannah's collection. The Tetra hoops accentuate the strong-yet-soft aesthetic of many NOMOS Glashütte women's watches, designed in Berlin. The mixed-metal finishing of the Orion at right also pairs beautifully with both silver and gold jewelry, making it surprisingly versatile for a rosé hued watch.

J.Hannah yellow gold hoops, $760; jhannahjewelry.com, NOMOS Glashütte watch, $2,240; troverie.com