At the start of this year, I made the executive decision to seriously curb my impulsive purchases and actually save up for the worthwhile wardrobe investments that will outlast trends and outsmart seasons. It's definitely easier said than done, but this year, I'm setting out to make my closet stronger and last much longer.
I know I'm not the only one feeling this way, either. We're reaching a point in fashion where many of us are experiencing trend fatigue, and while I personally don't foresee trends ever ceasing to exist, I think the answer to this exhaustion is twofold: narrowing in on a personal style that isn't so easily swayed by fleeting trends and being a pickier shopper—a much pickier shopper. For me, that means I'm focused on building a wardrobe that's timeless and trend agnostic and, most importantly, feels like me.
When it comes to shopping, I'm navigating things with a "fewer but better" mindset, and now that spring's new arrivals are finally hitting the market, I figured I'd share what I'm currently eyeing in case you, too, want to shop like me. With that, here are the 30 best investment buys I'm prioritizing for spring 2023. They're cool, they're classic, and they're designed to last.
The shoes that have occupied 90% of my thoughts for the past two months.
My hunt for the perfect slightly oversize camel-colored trench has only just begun, yet a clear favorite has already emerged.
Inspired by an archival style from 1955, Gucci's Horsebit style is reminiscent of the neat, elegant lines of the era.
This Zara dress became a best seller minutes after it dropped. And considering the site is home to plenty of bolder, trendier pieces, the fact that this simple midi resonated with so many shoppers is telling.
By now, chances are you're shopping for a denim maxi skirt (as we all are). I like this tailored dark-wash style that looks quite elevated.
Turtlenecks might not be on your warm-weather shopping list, but this sleeveless '90s knit is putting up a strong argument that they should be.
These are an investment for a pair of sunglasses, to be sure, but they're your ticket to achieving Khaite's certifiable cool-girl aura.
Tube dresses are a major trend this season and it's a style I won't be getting tired of anytime soon.
From the wash to the just-relaxed-enough fit, these are everything I want in a pair of jeans.
Pixie Market just dropped a white version of its viral bustier top just in time for spring.
I'm a big fan of Jenny Bird's cool and long-lasting jewelry. These oblong drop earrings have become my staples recently.
Do your closet a favor and get yourself a little '90s-like slip dress.
I loathe shopping for wedding guest dresses that are likely to only be worn once, but this pretty long-sleeve number actually has serious closet-staple potential.
It seems waistcoats are sticking around this year, and I'm not mad about it.
Tory Burch is all anyone in our fashion office can talk about right now—starting with these flats in spring's It color, chili-pepper red.
If quiet-luxury bags are your thing, you're going to want to get in on emerging label Mas, founded by Hermès and The Row alum Mary Philippe. This elevated everyday tote is just oozing with a nonchalant feel.
Five years later, these are still the holy-grail jeans I'll never get rid of.
When I tell you I gasped… Here's proof that not everything in a forever wardrobe has to be plain or ultra-simple. I love the idea of wearing this gauzy top with everything from silk skirts to baggy denim.
Moto boots may be trending right now, but the quality and craftsmanship you get from a brand like Frye will last much longer.
Well-made basics, like this layering top, truly are the backbone of a strong wardrobe.
Next, discover the low-key luxury bags celebrities carry with them everywhere.
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.
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