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    Updated Apr 29, 2020

    26 Long-Lasting Fashion Items That Are Worth The Investment

    Just some quality and timeless pieces you'll probably never get tired of.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pair of huarache sandals that'll mold to your feet over time and look better with each wear. You'll be excited to pull these out from storage every summer.

    Nisolo

    These sandals are handcrafted in an ethical factory that's owned and operated in Peru.

    Promising review: "These have replaced all of my other sandals. The fit is great, the leather has held up like new for over 30 wears, and no rubbing or blisters. Felt broken in after just one or two times." —Jhenya A.

    Get them from Nisolo for $118 (available in sizes 5-11 and four colors).

    2. A pair of soft yet sturdy joggers to wear around the house, on a run, or when you're walking the doggo. They're as comfy as pajamas and hold up well in the wash, so don't worry about getting them dirty.

    Athleta

    Promising review: "Perfect material, perfect fit, perfect spring weight! They wash great, they wear perfect, and I walked 6 miles without rubbing and felt like I was wearing pajamas, they are so soft." —chief1918

    Get them from Athleta for $98 (available in sizes XXS–XL and two colors).

    3. A well-made floral midi dress so effortlessly cute, it'll be hard to resist wearing it every single day. (But even if you did, it'll hold up just fine.)

    ModCloth

    Promising review: "I was really impressed with this dress when it arrived. I got the pink. I was concerned the material would be cheap, but it's really well-made. Lots of stretch in the waist and it has pockets! Perfect spring/summer dress. Very impressed with this one." — Erin

    Get it from ModCloth for $79 (available in sizes XS-4X and five patterns).

    4. A soft but durable Western chambray shirt for anyone who loves classic pieces that never go out of style.

    J. Crew

    Promising review: "Great investment piece! The material and construction are quality, and I know this will last for many years. Finding button-up shirts that fit in the arms/shoulders and don't gape in the front can be challenging. But with this cut, the 10 was perfect." —geminitwin70

    Get it from J. Crew for $88 (available in classic, petite, and tall sizes 00-20).

    5. A Fjallraven Kanken sling bag made of hardwearing, water-resistant Vinylon fabric that can really take a beating. You don't have to be precious with this lil' purse at all.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Like most Kankens, it fits more than it looks like it would. This one is a good choice for people who found the mini too big for daily use, like running errands. As always the water resistance is a huge convenience in many circumstances. Also easy to wipe clean." —QuinnG143

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $65 (available in eight colors).

    6. A pair of utility shorts stylish enough to wear in the city and durable enough to take on a hike. If you're tired of denim shorts, these are an excellent alternative.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "These shorts are like a good pair of jeans, or a clean white shirt. They fit just right and are comfortable to sit in. They’re causal and made with good quality so they can take hiking days and laying around." —Nadia A

    Get them from Anthropologie for $47.60+ (originally $68+; available in standard and petite sizes 25-33, plus sizes 18-26, and five colors).

    7. A fit-and-flare LBD so you'll have a fail-proof choice on hand for any ~fancy~ occasion (but you can definitely dress it down for everyday wear as well). The material is thick and wrinkle-free, so no need to whip out the special "invisible" underwear or fabric steamer to wear it.

    ModCloth

    Promising review: "This will be a good staple for my wardrobe. I love the 3/4-length sleeve and just below-the-knee length — I always think it's hard to go wrong with that combo. The skirt has good movement but isn't too full. The fabric is particularly nice — not sure what it's made of, but it feels like a very heavy crepe. I can see grabbing this dress when I'm late for work or when nothing else in my wardrobe 'feels right', and dressing it up or down with a nice blazer or scarf — whatever is lying around my office. It's a flattering, versatile dress, and it wasn't very wrinkled when it came out of the box." —Bronwyn

    Get it from ModCloth for $69 (available in sizes XXS-4X and two colors).

    8. A pair of moisture-wicking Darn Tough hiker crew socks for providing comfort and breathability on long trails. These won't get holes in the toes even after miles and miles of walking.

    REI

    Promising review: "I didn't think it was possible to love socks, but I would definitely use that word to describe how I feel about each pair of my DT socks. I wore them for the entirety of my six-month AT hike and have no complaints. After around 1,000 miles on a pair, I would start seeing some worn areas, but Darn Tough will exchange them for free. Also, no matter how nasty they got on trail (sometimes they were literally stiff with filth), they always washed clean beautifully. I'll wear these socks forever." —AG on the AT

    Get them from REI for $23 (available in sizes S-L and six colors).

    9. A stretch-twill blazer that can transition seamlessly from work to play, depending on what bottoms you pair it with. Plus, it won't get wrinkled even if you store it in a jam-packed closet.

    J. Crew

    Promising review: "This blazer should be called the Going Everywhere Blazer! The blazer is perfect for work, travel, with jeans — anywhere. The texture is thick but not hot, and the style is casual yet professional. I have been wearing the navy and gray blazers over dresses and slacks all week. The open collar and front make this the perfect piece to throw on almost like a outer jacket rather than a blazer. Note that the sleeves have small slits and not buttons. If J. Crew makes this in more colors, I will buy all of them!" —PetiteOwl

    Get it from J. Crew for $168 (available in classic, petite, and tall sizes 00-24 and four colors).

    10. A water-resistant and lightweight anorak to be your BFF when the weather is unpredictable. Bonus: it’s made of 100% recycled fabric derived from plastic water bottles.

    Everlane

    Promising review: "I have a feeling I’ll never need to replace this anorak. It is so well-made and works well over a big sweater or puffer vest in cooler temps. It also rolls up small for packing." —consumer

    Get it from Everlane for $88 (available in sizes XXS-XL and five colors).

    11. A ribbed knit midi skirt you can wear year-round with pretty much any kind of top, from sweaters to cropped tees. It's actually comfy enough to wear at home, which truly elevates it to unicorn status in the realm of skirts.

    Free People

    Promising review: "This skirt is perfect to dress up and dress down. Can wear it all seasons — winter with a sweater, spring/fall with a tied up graphic tee and summer with a tank. I bought three colors! It fits nicely to your body." —ShannonR

    Get it from Free People for $50 (available in sizes XS–L and 15 colors).

    12. A pair of high-waisted skinny black jeans for a closet staple that won't fade or lose its shape after repeated wear and washing.

    Nordstrom

    Promising review: "These are my favorite jeans! As a curvy woman, finding jeans that fit in the hip area that doesn’t sag in the waist can be hard. But these get the job done. Very comfortable! There is a good amount of stretch and the color doesn’t fade quickly. I own six pairs. The more you wear them, the more they stretch (not a stretch out of style or fit though)." —MimiHawk

    Get them from Nordstrom for $49 (originally $70; available in sizes 25-36 and two inseams).

    13. A reliable leather tote that can easily hold all of your essentials (from a water bottle to books to a change of shoes) and look amazing doing it.

    Madewell

    Promising review: "I've had this bag for about four years. I've carried it pretty much every day filled with lots of heavy law books. I thought it would eventually break because the straps do look thin, but it hasn't even gotten close. Still looks amazing and sturdy as ever. Will probably buy another one in a new color sometime soon. I highly recommend!" —LBF22

    Get it from Madewell for $168 (available in three colors).

    14. A versatile denim jacket to pair with your favorite sundress or some mom jeans to create a Canadian tuxedo. Like a good trench coat or moto jacket, this is truly a wardrobe workhorse.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "This jacket is the best denim jacket! The fabric has some stretch to it, so it’s not too stiff and keeps its shape very well, even after washing! Such a good purchase!" —EDarr

    Get it from Anthropologie for $91 (originally $130; available standard and petite sizes XXS-XL and plus sizes 1X-3X).

    15. A jersey T-shirt dress so easy to wear, getting dressed in the morning will be a breeze. It's super soft and stretchy, but it won't start pilling even if you wear it all the darn time.

    Nordstrom

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic T-shirt dress. Those little side ruching make all the difference. I've worn it with sneakers and heels. And the fabric washes nicely without pilling up. Winner!" —VirginiaLady

    Get it from Nordstrom for $26.55 (originally $59; available in sizes XXS-XXL and three colors).

    16. A ribbed ruffle tank for anyone who appreciates basics that are not so basic. This top washes well, which will be helpful when you're sweating your butt off in the summer.

    J. Crew

    Promising review: "The ruffles do not overwhelm the tanks. I love them. I wear them all the time. The quality and material are excellent. I washed both already and they washed well. I recommend that you purchase." —Beachmom318

    Get it from J. Crew for $39.50 (available in sizes XXS-3X and five colors).

    17. A pair of Levi's Wedgie jeans that are beloved by so many people for a reason — they've got a timeless design and the 99% cotton material will stay crisp for years to come.

    Levi's

    Promising review: "I love these jeans. I’ve worn them several times and the jeans keep their shape all day long. No sagging around waistline, hanging crotch, or bagging around the knees." —BeeBon

    Get them from Levi's for $98 (available in sizes 23-32 and eight washes).

    18. A light and airy slub cotton T-shirt to end your search for the perfect white tee once and for all. The best part? No need to worry about it shrinking.

    Madewell

    Promising review: "The fit is wonderful. Not too short or long. Hits right at the top of the hip bone and dips in the front and back. Washes well and does not shrink. Soft and comfortable. Such a great staple casual top." —Kcoady

    Get it from Madewell for $19.50 (available in sizes XXS-3X and five colors).

    19. A pair of Teva sandals so your feet will feel nice and supported, whether you're walking on concrete sidewalks or sandy beaches. Just give them a good rinse and they'll be as good as new.

    REI

    Promising review: "I wear these sandals everyday. I can wear them with jeans and a casual top to athletic shorts and a T-shirt. They are crazy comfortable. Also, I took them to the beach and they are just fine. Was surprised to see that. My Tevas are good in water, mud, sand, and just about anything a good hose can wash off. I recommend getting a pair if you need a reliable shoe that lets your feet breathe more than any old tennis shoe." —Court the Curious

    Get them from REI for $50–$55 (available in sizes 5-11 and 15 colors/patterns).

    20. A pair of chic, high-waist belted pants for anyone who loves to look put-together while feeling like they're in loungewear. These look like they're dry-clean-only but you can totally pop them in the washer.

    Nordstrom

    Promising review: "These pants are soooo comfortable, flattering, and work-appropriate. For my frame, I am able to wear flats or heels, both work on me. The material is slightly stretchy. You can launder them in the washer and hang to dry. I also find they do not wrinkle easily." —Amimarie

    Get them from Nordstrom for $31.05 (originally $69; available in sizes XXS-XL).

    21. A stunning jacquard tiered tunic that looks delicate but can hold up to machine-washing like a champ.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "The green is beautiful, drape is lovely, and I machine washed and it came out perfect." —shineylady

    Get it from Anthropologie for $89.60 (originally $128; available in sizes XS-XL, 1X-3X, and four colors).

    22. A cozy Champion hoodie to snuggle in all day long. It'll still be in great shape after 200 naps.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I bought this for an at-home, comfortable type of hoodie but I wear it all the time and it is extremely comfortable and doesn’t shrink like crazy when washed/dried." —mayatierney

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $60 (available in sizes XS-XL and seven colors).

    23. A pair of vintage-inspired straight leg jeans (made of premium Japanese denim from Kaihara) so you never have to deal with the dreaded baggy knees. You can count on these to hold their shape for a long, long time.

    J. Crew

    Promising review: "These jeans fit well — not too high-waisted, not too low. The length is perfect in a tall, sometimes it's not right, it's just a tad too short, but these are perfect. They also do not bag out or lose their shape. The wash is awesome — very stylish." —SeventyPink

    Get them from J. Crew for $128 (available in classic, petite, and tall sizes 23-37).

    24. A pair of leather oxfords for anyone who is confused about what shoes to wear during transitional seasons that are *not* sneakers. These are simple, smart, and will go with everything in your closet, even if your style changes over the years!

    Nisolo

    Promising review: "These shoes are remarkably comfortable, beautiful, and well-made. They fit me true to size, even with socks. I like them very much and can see them being an essential piece in my wardrobe for years to come." —Daniela R.

    Get them from Nisolo for $150 (available in sizes 6-10 and four colors).

    25. A pair of straight-leg cropped pants made of thick, sturdy cotton that feels perfectly broken-in. According to reviewers, they're surprisingly stretchy and comfortable.

    Everlane

    Promising review: "These pants are sturdy but soft, flattering, and comfortable. Will probably get them hemmed when I have the chance. Overall, I'm happy with the purchase and feel that these pants will last a very, very long time, and they'll likely get even more comfortable with use." —naseem

    Get them from Everlane for $72 (available in regular, short, and tall sizes 00-20 and eight colors).

    26. A puff-sleeve cotton sweater (with a sweet bow detail in the back) to wear on repeat for the rest of the season. It won't stretch out and will look as gorgeous as the day you bought it.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "The color is beautiful and the material is soft and has not stretched out even after a few wears. I love the tie detail in the back. This is a great lightweight sweater for the spring and cool summer nights!" —JSBeth

    Get it from Anthropologie for $68.60 (originally $98; available in sizes XS-XL and two colors).

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