Question: What constitutes a wardrobe staple for you? Is it sneakers? Jeans? My answer is complicated, as I have a love-hate relationship with basics. On the one hand, I love the idea of a luxurious staple, such as a relaxed suit. On the other hand, I hate feeling like my wardrobe is dated because I’m stuck wearing the same clothing. So when it comes to defining staples in my own life, I’ve found the only pieces I really love are jewelry. No pair of jeans will ever hold a candle in my heart to a pair of hoop earrings, because jewelry does what other basics can’t. Whenever my outfit lacks that extra something, I turn to my jewelry to spice things up. 

But I’d be lying if I said I don’t get overwhelmed by how many jewelry choices there are—from the incredible number of demi-fine brands to shop to new trends to deciding which pieces to put on with which ensembles. When it comes to jewelry, the limit simply doesn’t exist. So having a set of jewelry staples to throw on and head out the door is essential. In that vein, I’ve rounded up the five classic jewelry staples that I can’t live without and highly recommend you add to your collection. These not only are beloved among the fashion set but will also become your new favorite everyday pieces.