Most great dressers will tell you the secret to their success lies in a few favorite staple pieces they return to again and again. Season after season, year after year, these are the wardrobe items you never toss. (And if you love them enough, you probably splurge on upgraded versions every so often.) Finding the style investment pieces that are actually worth it is no easy venture. But by doing a quick study of closet cornerstones with serious staying power, you can pick and choose which pieces work — and are worth it — for you.
The trick is looking past fleeting trends and investing in looks you're going to want in the long run. Of course, that doesn't mean a piece has to be "classic and conservative" to reach investment piece status. Whether you're in need of a matches-everything leather jacket, a professional and polished button-down, or the medium wash blue jeans you'll want to wear again and again, these are the style investment pieces that could absolutely be worth it, depending on your wardrobe needs and tastes. Ahead, nine time-tested picks that will sharpen up any closet, outlast all your other pieces, and stay on trend for years to come.
Super-Soft Jeans That Actually Keep Their Shape
Whether you prefer skinny, straight leg, boyfriend fit, high-, or low-rise jeans, find a fit and cut you love — and then invest in the set that will last you for years. This pair of lightly distressed skinny jeans comes from DL1961, which is a denim company that crafts their jeans with technologically advanced fibers specially engineered to never lose their shape over time. The unique blend of cotton, Lycra, and other materials are made to withstand plenty of machine washes without losing their super-soft texture. They're also said to dry faster than your typical, run-of-the-mill jeans. One pleased fan said of this particular style, "Perfect fit! Denim used is thicker than normal but with stretch."
A Leather Jacket That Easily Adds Edge To Outfits
Whether you're wearing jeans and an old concert shirt or a more formal dress, the leather jacket transcends generations, social scenes, and style preferences to give the wearer's outfit a cool finish that looks (and is) effortless. This biker jacket is 100 percent lambskin leather, which means it will wear well over time; a soft satin lining keeps your body cool with temperature fluctuations. Silver hardware details brighten up the piece, and one excited fan said, "Really happy with the quality of this jacket! It is super soft and fits perfectly."
The Jean Jacket That Adds A Finished Touch
Levi's is a time-tested heritage denim brand, and turning to the line for its classic trucker jacket means owning an outerwear style staple that's been around since 1969. The brand itself has been crafting jeans since 1872, though, and all that technology boils down to the jacket with a cropped classic shape and comfy fit, made from 99 percent cotton and 1 percent elastane for a flexible fit. One fan said the comfy cotton material gives just enough stretch, remarking, "High-five to Levi's and a big thank you to Amazon for showcasing!"
The LBD That Can Be Dressed Up or Down
Having a dress you can turn to for anything — be it a last-minute date or night on the town — is always a good idea. This crepe dress gives a modern upgrade to a classic silhouette. Its sweetheart neckline is retro, but mixed with the mesh top and V-shaped back, the dress brings together the best of both old and new worlds. One fan said the piece was exactly what she hoped for, especially after she saw it sold out at another store. Dress it up with a leather jacket or keep it casual with flashy sneaks — yes, really .
A Sophisticated Blazer With An Artful Touch
While a blazer is inherently a classic, time-tested piece, that doesn't mean it has to be stuffy. This sleek look borrows from the boys, creating a relaxed fit that riffs off the tuxedo with a satin collar finish. A subtle hook closure lets you wear it fastened or open, and with a percentage of spandex in the fabric, this is a jacket that will move with you, instead of feeling uncomfortable all day.
Sneakers You Can Wear From Work To The Gym
Whether you're making the long commute to the office via foot, you're headed to a group fitness class after work, or you simply appreciate the "athleisure" look, Nike Roshe Runs are some of the most versatile sneakers out there. There's also room for personalization, as you're able to pick accent tones for the soles and uppers. Clean lines and a simple silhouette make these a cool (and appropriate) addition to your work wardrobe, too. But once you hit the gym, the stylish shoe's mesh upper breathes well enough to keep your toes comfy throughout your workout.
A Polished Button-Down That Already Matches Everything
For the day when that career-defining coffee with an industry insider arrives, eliminate the stress of needing to find a professional outfit that's still style-relevant. This polished patterned top is a happy mix of eye-catching pattern without going overboard — helping you stand out in a sea of dark, conservative outfits. This material is even machine-washable, which means you can freshen it up fast on a week of interviews, while the thoughtful tunic length means it looks edgy untucked.
Everyday Boots That Pull Everything Together
A good pair of black boots makes a huge difference in speeding up your mornings because they don't just match everything, they look great with everything. Not only do these leather boots feature a stylish almond-shaped toe that captures that classic pointy look without crushing toes, but a lightly padded footbed keeps your foot cradled for hours on top of the two-inch heel. Plus, I can say from personal experience that these shoes wear well from 7 a.m. until I head to bed, and they wear beautifully. Select your favorite color from tan, black, gray, and gold.
The Cozy Cable-Knit Sweater That Warms Up Your Look
It's a definite challenge to feel excited about dressing once the temperature starts to drop, so take preventative measures now by investing in a cable-knit sweater that will keep you warm while looking cool. This one's even machine-washable (a big plus if drop-off laundry's not your scene), and slits up the side mean no more bunching when you're sitting behind a desk all day. One fan of the knit said, "Love this! It's a great deal at more than half off and it will go with everything." The classic knit also means it's a style staple you'll rely on to look fresh for years, as opposed to a flashier pattern that might show its age with time.
The Chambray Top With Stand-Out Style
The chambray shirt is pretty much the patron saint of style, as it's a piece that easily flows from spring and summer to fall and winter without getting stuck. This one is 100 percent cotton for breathable comfort in warmer temperatures, and button-down snap closures give the top a stylish Western edge. Users say it's great quality and fits well, and you'll appreciate the mileage this style staple gives you through all the seasons. Button up to your chin in winter and add a statement necklace beneath the collar, or wear unbuttoned over a tank in summer to ensure a little warmth when the sun goes down.
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