There are some items -- most would call them "staples" -- that I restock in my closet time and time again: pointed heels in black and nude, wool sweaters in black and navy, white silk blouses.
This week, I was able to stock up on one staple I tend to wear -- and go through -- faster than any other: J.Crew's Cece ballet flat in tawny sand. In fact, I'm wearing a pair as I'm writing this. These usually retail for $138 per pair, but right now they're on sale for $89.99 -- or $62.99 if you have a J.Crew card.
I can't recommend the flats enough: They're simple, understated, well-made and, because they're a neutral, can be worn with just about anything year-round (and are so much more interesting than black). I do suggest you get a rubber sole attached a few times after you've worn them; I find they make the flats keep their shape better and last three times as long.
Cece leather ballet flats, $89.99 ($62.99 with J.Crew card), available at jcrew.com.
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