10 Stylish Investment Pieces And Why They're Worth the Splurge

Black or Camel Coat

Outerwear trends come and go every autumn, but there are a few coat classics that never change—and two timeless hues in particular, black and camel. A Burberry duffel coat's casual enough that you won't have to save it only for special occasions, while a chic peacoat infuses any look with instant prep appeal. As for Max Mara's beautiful self-belted topper, it's the sort of piece I could see myself passing down to my daughter and/or niece one day.

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In every woman's wardrobe, there are places one should splurge and places one should save. Knee-high boot/sandal hybrids (bandals?) might have been all over recent runways, for instance, but unless you're really into channeling Marcus Aurelius on the regular, you probably shouldn't snap up those thousand-plus-dollar designer originals. Likewise, while cutouts may be super-cool this season, there's no reason to choose a skin-baring dress that sends you into debt—c'mon, will you still be wearing it three years from now?

Unlike these fleeting trends, closet classics—things you'll love for years to come, regardless of ever-changing fashion fads—are the obvious best place to sink your shopping dollars. To wit, I've rounded up 10 splurge-worthy staples in the slideshow above that can (and should!) take a bigger chunk out of your budget. After all, chances are they'll be sticking around for awhile.

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