9 Investment Buys I Can Personally Attest Are Worth It


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For a long time, the way I shopped was dictated by inexpensive and impulsive purchases. While there's a certain amount of fun in these cheap thrills, exclusively shopping this way ultimately left my wardrobe in a state of haphazardness where nothing felt cohesive. Finally, I gained enough perspective to realize that there's so much value in making more thought-out investment purchases (is this what being an adult is like?). Suffice it to say, my closet is getting more and more versatile thanks to these smart buys.

I've come to wear each of the following pieces so frequently that I think I'd actually be mad if I hadn't purchased them. From bags to sunglasses to shoes, the majority of my best fashion investment pieces aren't actually clothing items, but accessories. For me, a well-made purse that I can wear on repeat and a pair of sunglasses I'll never tire of are the ultimate investments. If you're looking for investment shopping inspiration or are just curious to see which nine items I'm highly recommending, keep reading to see how I've styled each of them and then to shop my picks.


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I finally ordered a pair of the black Celine sunglasses that Phoebe Philo made famous after lusting over them from afar.


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A great black handbag that can go from day to night is 100% worth the investment.


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Two pieces I wear constantly: a pair of lighter-than-light wire-frame sunglasses and a neutral slip skirt that goes with everything.

Chain-strap bags are a classic style that's seemingly immune to the trend cycle.


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Vintage Levi's, especially ones that fit like a dream, are few and far between. When I came across this mid-wash pair of 501s, I immediately made them mine, and it's been one of my best purchases to date.


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Whether I'm heading into the office or hopping on a plane, this carryall ensures I always look put-together.


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As I've shared before, my style skews edgy, so I wouldn't normally gravitated toward a pair of ballet flats. Alas, I fell in love with the tough buckles on this Miu Miu pair.


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Croc-effect accessories exploded on the scene this fall, but the style is just as investment-worthy as it is on trend.

Next, see which basic clothing brands my closet relies on heavily.

Senior Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.