Anna Wintour Backs These 7 Sound Investment Items for Your Wardrobe

For so many of us, the most important clothing purchases we make are the ones that focus on investment pieces, not trends. The kind of items that don't fade from view after a season but rather last for several years on end. Blazers, boots, versatile accessories, timeless jewelry baubles… you know the kind. These wise investments serve as the bread and butter of our outfits and thus warrant further review.

If you've reached for items in your closet only to realize there are some glaring holes that need filling, consider the following shopping checklist, courtesy of none other than Anna Wintour. The Vogue Editor in Chief needs no introduction or justification as to why she's one to turn to for style advice. So instead, we'll concentrate on the seven wardrobe investments the icon wears on repeat. Ahead, discover these stylish staples and shop the ones your closet is currently missing to ensure you'll never be short on outfits.

Classic Shoulder Bag


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A shoulder bag that hugs closely under your shoulder will always feel like a classic pick. Wear it now and wear it always.

Versatile Belt


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A versatile belt that can be teamed with everything from dresses to denim to outerwear is like a secret weapon. It's small and unassuming but can drastically change the aesthetic of your outfit.

Sleek Boots


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A well-crafted pair of leather boots will take you far.

Printed Coat


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During the colder months of the year, we live in our outerwear, which is why investing in a statement coat that'll feel fun to wear is a worthy decision. Try a versatile print—like plaid or animal—to make sure it can work with your existing wardrobe.

Year-Round Florals


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We can confidently say that florals will never go out of style, which is why this year-round pattern makes for a smart investment. 

Leather Jacket


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Your style doesn't have to fall into the category of edgy or downtown in order to wear a leather jacket. As Wintour proves, it's a versatile wardrobe staple that can be worn in a myriad of ways.

Sleek Watch


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A sleek watch you can wear with everything in your closet is the kind of investment that once you make it, you'll wonder why it took you so long to do it. 

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Nicole Kliest
Freelance Contributor

Nicole Kliest is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City who focuses on fashion, travel, food, wine, and pretty much anything else that's amusing to write about. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a bachelor's in journalism and creative writing, she started her career back in 2010 as Who What Wear's photo editor and throughout the last decade has contributed to publications including Fashionista, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, The Zoe Report, PopSugar, Fodor's Travel, and several others. She also copywrites and has worked with clients such as Frame, Sea, 3x1, Intelligentsia, and others to develop brand voices through storytelling and creative marketing. She's very passionate about the ways we can improve our sustainability efforts in the fashion industry as well as cultivating content that's diverse and inclusive of all people. When she's not checking out the latest restaurant opening in her West Village neighborhood or riding her bicycle along the West Side Highway, she can be found scheming her next trip somewhere around the world. (Up next is Vienna.)