You can’t wear the same clothes season to season, or even climate to climate. You aren’t going to roll up in the Caribbean wearing a wool jacket, even though that same jacket might look chic in Moscow. You would look silly wearing those open-toed sandals in Japan in January, but you would look right on trend wearing those same shoes in springtime in Paris.


Fashion choices may have to change from climate to climate, but there are some pieces that you can count on to stay the same no matter where you are and what time of year it is. Here’s a look at just a few of them:


If you find a good pair of men’s (affordable) designer sunglasses, you’ll get far more than your money’s worth from them. (Ditto for women’s sunglasses.) You may not be able to wear that wool coat in the Caribbean, but you can wear the sunglasses in the Caribbean or in Moscow, and in the summer or the winter. Wherever and whenever there is sun, you can (and should) wear your sunglasses.

A good pair of designer sunglasses should be a must for your wardrobe.Get a pair or two to have for any outfit in your wardrobe.

Purse or Clutch

No matter what outfit you are wearing, you will need a good purse or clutch to keep your money, keys, and other necessities. As a man, you can keep these things in a wallet, which will be out of sight, so it’s not as important how it looks. As a woman, your clutch or purse will be another accessory to your outfit, so it’s important that you have a good one.

Choose something that’s a neutral color like black, brown, taupe, or grey. That way, you can be sure that you have a clutch or purse that will work for any outfit.


Everyone looks at their phone to get the time these days, but a nice watch never goes out of style. A watch is a fashionable accessory, as well as a useful tool.

Invest in a good watch that will go well with any outfit. Something in a precious metal like gold or silver is ideal. Avoid gemstones and other flashy accessories. The watch should be simple so that it can be worn with any outfit and in any setting. It shouldn’t be too fancy to wear with a sundress or pair of khakis, and it shouldn’t be too casual that it will bring down a tux or a gown.


You need a good hat. A fedora is a classic choice, but you could get away with any tailored hat. Stay away from anything casual like a ballcap or newsboy, and don’t go too fancy like with a bowler hat or top hat.

A tailored hat can be worn with a suit or blazer, as well as something more casual like a pair of khakis and an Oxford shirt. A tailored hat also looks just as good in tropical climates as it does in icier climates. You can wear it with any outfit at any time of the year.

Good Jewelry

Men and women can both accessorize any outfit with some beautiful jewelry made of precious metals and stones. Men should keep it simple with a solid band ring. Men who like to wear a little more bling can get away with a simple necklace and maybe even a bracelet. However, these should be little more than gold or silver chains, and they should cling close to the skin.

Women have more flexibility in their jewelry choices, but they should stick to the same general principles. The simpler the jewelry, the more likely it will be to match with any outfit for any climate. Choose simple chains of gold and silver, simple bands, and simple stud or hoop earrings. Keep gemstones to a minimum, and avoid costume jewelry. Consider these jewelry pieces as staples for your wardrobe since they can be mixed and matched at will.

Climate and location may change most of your fashion choices, but there are some things in your wardrobe that can always stay the same. Consider these pieces the staples for your capsule wardrobe, and have fun mixing it up seasonally with other pieces.