You don’t need much for the perfect holiday outfit. It boils down to a few classics, each simple but sophisticated.

For instance: You can forget about that ugly sweater that just begs for attention. But you should pick up a sleek watch—the right time-telling embellishment serves as its own icebreaker.

So if you’re looking to put together a wardrobe that wears well at the office, a dinner party, cold-weather date, or the family brunch, here are the pieces that will help you do exactly that.