Iconic Investment Pieces
Investment pieces are a complicated thing. The price tags on luxury items can be a tough pill to swallow, but those iconic pieces that have been around for decades (or at least years) have the kind of longevity that amounts to a low cost per wear if you think about it. If it's something like a versatile handbag, you could feasibly wear it practically every day, which can't be said for many fashion items.
We pondered the shoes, outerwear, jewelry, and yes, bags, that we've all been collectively coveting for years and that are still just as coveted and current today. To prove it, we found recent street style examples that show these investment items fit right in with today's trends and It items.
Below, prepare to be hit with plenty of eye candy via Gucci, Chanel, The Row, Prada, Louis Vuitton and more. And in case you've been saving up for a fashion item that will remain in your wardrobe for years and years, you can shop some of the most iconic options below.
Loewe Gate Bag
Based on how often we spot Loewe's timeless saddlebags on the shoulders of stylish women, it's hard to believe that they just made their debut to the world in early 2018. We think the perfect everyday bag will still be around in 2028.
Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pumps
Ever since Carrie Bradshaw made them famous, Manolo Blahnik's signature jeweled pumps have been a go-to special occasion shoe (or just the shoe to put on when you want to dress up an outfit).
Chanel 2.55 Flap Bag
There's not much else you can say about the timelessness of a Chanel flap bag. They're so highly coveted that they go for almost the same price as a new one in resale.
Max Mara Camel Coat
No one does camel coats better than Max Mara, and the beauty of the teddy coat (besides the fact that it's ridiculously warm) is that it's far from boring.
Gucci GG Marmont Bag
Gucci has had its share of It items in recent years, but there's no arguing with the fact that the one bag that's reached icon status is the Marmont shoulder bag with the brand's signature double-G logo.
Chanel Tweed Jacket
Chanel's tweed jackets may be reinvented by the brand each season, but we've yet to see one that looks dated. Whether as a two-piece suit or with jeans, a Chanel tweed jacket is the epitome of chic.
Prada Galleria Bag
We'd be hardpressed to name a bag with more polish than Prada'a beautiful top-handle satchel. The jury is out on whether or not Anna Wintour carries a bag to work but if she did, it would be this.
Cartier Love Bracelet
Cartier's Love bracelet is one of those jewelry pieces that even people who don't wear jewelry want to wear. It looks amazing on its own or stacked with other bracelets, and it's one of the most special gifts you can give someone.
The Row Coco Mules
There's a reason The Row releases new iterations of everyone's favorite kitten heels each season and we never find them on sale—they're the kind of easy, chic heels people reach for multiple times a week, season after season.
Burberry Trench Coat
There are multiple versions of Burberry's classic trench coats at any given time, and each one of them is as beautifully constructed and as versatile as the next.
Everyone freaked out (in a good way) when Alessandro Michele reinvented the Gucci loafer several years ago. While they may not be the subject of a craze anymore, they're a staple in many women's closets year after year, which is even better.
Louis Vuitton Luggage
Louis Vuitton luggage is quite the staple in celebrity airport paparazzi shots, and while it can be scary to travel with such pricey luggage, it still looks beautiful with age and wear.
Chanel Slingback Pumps
As with every other Chanel item, you can easily dress its signature cap-toe Slingback Pumps up or down and look like the coolest girl in the room. It's no wonder seemingly every fashion insider owns a pair.