Trust Us—These 11 High-Quality Brands Belong in Your Forever Wardrobe


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While we love to give you the latest on affordable finds, as fashion editors, we also believe in investing in pieces that have long-lasting quality. They may come with a higher price tag, but they become items we cherish for years and stay in shape wear after wear. There are plenty of brands on the market, but we've tried a lot and have narrowed our favorites down to 11 high-quality ones that we think are going to have a spot in our wardrobe for years to come. 

Below, see the brands we think are worth investing in for top-quality pieces. From Agolde to Proenza Schouler, there are a whole lot of fashion moments you don't want to miss. If you're looking to make an investment purchase anytime soon, the list below is one to take notes from. 



"There's a reason every fashion editor I know is a fan of Agolde. It just doesn't get any better than its jeans that are somehow both of the moment and timeless. The brand's relaxed '90s Mid Rise and tailored Pinch Waist jeans are two of my most-worn pairs, and I'm certain I'll have both (and, inevitably, more from the brand) in my closet for years to come."


"For being an affordable brand, the shoes from Vagabond hold up really well. I've had several boots and sandals from the brand for years now, and they're still the pairs I reach for on repeat. Considering I've worn one of its ankle boots for years in L.A. and now NYC, I think it goes without saying that they're super comfortable, too. Yep, I stan." 



"Any one of my fellow editors can attest to the fact that I'm obsessed with Staud. What I love about this brand is that every single collection leaves my jaw on the floor. I have a few Staud dresses, bags, and sweaters that I've been able to keep on rotation for the past few years, and unlike other brands, the pieces stand the test of time. Trust me when I say Staud can take all your money because it's worth it every time."



"Totême is one of the few brands that I'll consistently splurge on. Pretty much everything it makes is a forever piece, so I think it's worth it if you want to invest in something special. I particularly love the brand's coats and accessories, and honestly, if the only clothing brand I could shop from for the rest of my days was Totême, I'd be okay with that."


"Fine jewelry that's cool and modern and doesn't cost a million dollars is one of my favorite things to come out of the past decade. The epitome of this is Kinn. Everything is 14k gold, and its designs are unique and trend-forward without being too trendy. It's also one of the few jewelry brands I can actually say that I'd wear every single piece from."


Proenza Schouler

"I've never regretted a single Proenza Schouler purchase. Whether I splurge on a full-price item or score something on sale, the brand's dresses, outerwear, shoes, and everything else always hold up to endless wears and somehow strike the perfect balance of feeling forward and classic—no matter how much time passes."


Veronica Beard

"I own a couple of blazers from Veronica Beard and will forever cherish them. They fit so well, and I think they look so sharp without trying. I really think they're the kind of pieces that will last me for many, many years. She also makes a mean pair of wide-leg jeans."


"I'm fully obsessed with Maje, particularly the brand's cardigans. They're as polished as a jacket but as comfortable as a sweater—the perfect combo. I always wear them with jeans, and they make my outfit so much chicer."



"Mackage is a go-to for me if I'm looking to invest in quality outerwear that will last for seasons and seasons. I wear the classic moto jacket all the time, and it has a strong cost per wear."


Who What Wear Collection

"I promise I'm not biased when I say our collection, because it is really that good. We use the same factories as some of your favorite luxury brands, so the items have the high quality you're looking for. Plus, the designs are inspired by our very own editors, so what's not to love?"


"You may be seeing plenty of Aritzia purchases on your social media feeds, but I have to admit that the hype is very real. My favorites have to be the leather pants and tailored pieces from one of the retailer's exclusive brands, Wilfred."

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Assistant Market Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.