The Ultimate Guide to the Best Designer Items to Invest in Now and Forever

It gets bandied around so often that the phrase "investment piece" has come to mean almost anything that we're willing to spend a little extra money on, but the truth is, a really smart investment buy can be one of the building blocks in creating the perfect capsule wardrobe

Let's face it, nobody wants to spend valuable time agonising over what to wear in the morning, and the right edit of well-curated pieces can be worn time and time again without feeling same-y, so if you're looking for the key to a hard-working wardrobe, there are a few points to consider. 

We already know that designer fashion and luxury buys look good, but some may even increase in value while also working out to have a low cost-per-wear (though some brands and products fare better than others). A smart sartorial investment might do both, but it may also just be a well-designed staple that looks as fresh 20 years down the line as it did when you first bought it, so, no matter the label, a good designer purchase is one that will change your wardrobe for the better. 

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At Who What Wear we're staunch advocates for high-low dressing, and always pair accessible high-street pieces with strong, outfit-elevating, designer staples, and in a bid to shop smarter and more sustainably, a slow approach to buying less but better, feels more important than ever. So, by searching out the best designer investment pieces we're looking for exceptional quality and well-crafted pieces that will withstand the test of time, not flash-in-the-pan trends that will fall out of fashion as quickly as they came in.

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With timeless design in mind, I've set about finding you the luxury pieces that are well worth the investment. Think anti-trend, forever buys that aren't tied to a buzzy aesthetic. Just the kind of classic, wardrobe essentials like a good quality coat, a comfortable pair of flats or a head-turning handbag that you'll be happy to wear on rotation.

In my opinion, the best investments are quality fabrics, versatile basics and statement accessories that will seamlessly weave into your current wardrobe. So what makes the cut for best of the best? Well, In this list you'll find old favourites like the Max Mara teddy coat, the new classics from Toteme, understated offerings like The Row's perfect flat shoe, and statement, pulse-quickening pieces like Dior's saddle bag. 

So, keep scrolling for the best coats, jeans, dresses, bags, shoes and jewellery to add to your wardrobe now, but wear for years to come.��These are some seriously stylish designer items that don't come with buyers remorse. 

1. THE BEST DESIGNER COATS TO INVEST IN

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2. THE BEST DESIGNER JEANS TO INVEST IN

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3. THE BEST DESIGNER DRESSES TO INVEST IN 

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4. THE BEST DESIGNER HEELS TO INVEST IN 

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5. THE BEST DESIGNER FLATS TO INVEST IN

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6. THE BEST DESIGNER BAGS TO INVEST IN 

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Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.

In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.

Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.