4 Wardrobe Staples *Actually* Worth Investing In, According To A Stylist

Alice Hartwell

There’s no escaping that shopping for clothing more sustainably will have you digging deeper in your pockets. This prospect of real investment pushes us to think more about what we buy and consider the pieces we put our hard-earned cash into (not necessarily a bad thing, FYI). It’s unrealistic, for most of us anyway, to splash out across our entire wardrobe, but if you nail investing in a few versatile, long-lasting and timeless style staples, you’re halfway there. 

Today, online stylist Sam Preston shares with us the wardrobe pieces she recommends dedicating your money to, and dives a little more into how this helps her stay sustainable, while effortlessly stylish. “I want to invest in my clothing to last me a lifetime, and by focusing on curating a more considered wardrobe, I’m buying much less fast fashion. The industry can influence consumers to constantly buy new clothing, which leads to overconsumption and unnecessary waste. A capsule wardrobe makes you think about your purchase with a more conscious approach. Investing in higher-quality, long-lasting pieces (whether new or preloved) that align with your personal style helps you avoid impulse buying and jumping on fast fashion trends.”

1. Outerwear for all seasons

“As it’s spring, I would say now’s the time to invest in a great leather jacket and trench coat. These types of classic jackets will never date and will see you through every season, year after year. Go for a classic fit and colour and it will be a forever piece.”

Our picks:

ALIGNE - Leroy Leather Jacket
THEORY - Belted Organic Cotton-Blend Twill Trench Coat
2. Great Fitting Jeans

 “Jeans are one of the most hard-working pieces in my wardrobe. The best jeans are the ones you want to live in, so fit and brand are essential. Get these right and they will last you a lifetime. The fit of Levi’s fit is amazing – try sourcing them pre-owned to save and be sustainable!”

Our picks:

Albaray - Light Wash Wide Pleat Jean
SLVRLAKE - Mica Low-Rise Jeans
3. Everyday Leather Handbags

“A classic leather handbag is never a bad investment. I absolutely love The Row, Khaite and Prada. But you can also look to sustainable brands for simple designs that look expensive. It’s naturally more pricey but try to opt for real leather versions, but they will really last you the test of time.”


Our picks:

BEEN - Rowe Black Onyx
Marici - The Chelsea
4. A Tailored Suit

“A great suit can be so versatile. Wear together or separately and you have endless outfits. Blazers are also a great layering piece in a capsule wardrobe, especially since you can wear them almost all year round. I absolutely love Toteme and Raey for amazing quality blazers but, luckily, you can find many sustainable and second-hand pieces that are amazing quality, with tailoring that looks even more expensive than the price tag.”

Our picks:

Gabriela Hearst - Serge Organic Wool & Silk-Blend Blazer
LouLou Studio - Sbiru Wide Leg Pants

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