10 Fashion Items That Have Had Cult-Favorite Status for Years

The fashion item that some have and everyone wants is the basic definition of a cult favorite. At times, said item might be in short supply, and it's ofttimes designer, but certainly not always. Typically, these popular items have their moment in the sun and then they fade away, and other cult items swoop in to capture our attention. But sometimes, cult-favorite fashion items stick around—and for a very long time. 

As you know, one of the main initial deciders of a cult fashion item is celebrities, with their enviable wardrobes and sizable influence. A celebrity wearing a thing basically validates its "coolness" and gives it all the media attention a brand could possibly wish for. Below, I've highlighted 10 items that celebrities (and everyone else) embraced years ago and that are still popular today. Cult items that have this kind of longevity are special and rare. If you want to put your shopping budget to good use and invest in something that will still be cool for the foreseeable future, these cult favorites are valid contenders. Read on to see and shop.

Wolford Colorado Bodysuit


February 2014
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Wolford makes a slew of investment-worthy bodysuits, but the Colorado iteration is the most legendary, with its turtleneck and close fit that's perfect for layering. 

On Rihanna: Balmain jacket; Wolford Colorado Thong Bodysuit ($250); Dior shoes; Versace sunglasses

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Levi's Wedgie Jeans


June 2017
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From the moment Levi's Wedgie Jeans hit the market several years ago, they've been the gold standard in trendy yet timeless, affordable denim.

On Bella Hadid: Aritzia sweater; Levi's Wedgie Jeans ($98); Zara shoes

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Loewe Puzzle Bag


October 2015
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Loewe's Puzzle Bag is special in that it's classic but never boring. It's instantly recognizable but isn't covered in designer logos, hence the enduring popularity among celebs and the fashion crowd alike.

On Kate Bosworth: A.L.C. dress; Loewe Puzzle Bag ($2500)

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Ugg Boots


January 2004
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What else is there to say about Ugg boots that hasn't already been said? They're iconic, they're the world's most comfortable shoes, they're like cozy blankets for your feet, they're internationally famous—you get it. Uggs are here to stay.

On Beyoncé: Ugg boots

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Dôen Dresses


September 2017
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Dôen has become the gold standard in breezy, beautiful dresses. They still sell out in a flash, and stylish celebrities like Dakota Johnson and Lily Aldridge wear them year-round.

On Dakota Johnson: Dôen dress; Gucci bag and sunglasses; Clergerie shoes

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Fendi Baguette Bag


August 2012
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Thanks in part to Carrie Bradshaw, a Fendi Baguette bag is one of the most iconic styles we have. The bag has undoubtedly evolved over the years, but it remains instantly recognizable.

On Jessica Biel: Valentino jumpsuit; Fendi bag

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Le Specs The Last Lolita Sunglasses


July 2016
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Everyone loves an affordable cult-favorite item. These sunglasses are perhaps the most flattering cat-eye sunglasses on the market. The look is glamorous yet accessible, which explains why we still see them today.

On Gigi Hadid: Brandy Melville T-shirt; 7 For All Mankind jeans; Furla bag; Adidas shoes; Le Specs The Last Lolita Sunglasses ($60)

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Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers


April 2018
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While far more expensive than many other It sneakers, this controversial pre-distressed style is unlike any other It sneakers. They're what come to mind when we think of "fashion" sneakers.

On Alessandra Ambrosio: OneTeaspoon shirt; Gucci Soho Disco Bag ($1200); Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers ($495)

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Burberry Trench Coat


February 2010
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If you want to invest in a coat that holds its value, will never go out of style, and is as versatile as jackets come, you'd be wise to go with a Burberry trench coat for obvious reasons.

On Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: Burberry trench coat and bag; Christian Louboutin shoes

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Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag


August 2012
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Sometimes, you just need a big bag. Katie Holmes and plenty of others who count themselves as lifelong fans of Louis Vuitton's most famous tote get it. It's the ultimate throw-it-in-and-go bag.

On Katie Holmes: Marni dress; Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag ($1500); Maison Margiela shoes

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.