20 “Lame” (But Useful) Cheap Items That Solve Every Fashion Problem

What’s the anatomy of a staple piece? What components combine to create something you’re inexorably drawn to season after season? As fashion editors, these are the questions that occupy our minds, and we’re always searching for those mythical items of clothing that will both deliver now and still look fab in two seasons’ time. I doubt even the most ardent fast-fashion lover would say they buy pieces hoping to never wear them again. Everyone wants more bang for their buck.

With sustainability at the forefront of our minds in 2019, we thought it was high time we take a moment to critically appraise our wardrobes. We wanted to uncover the pieces we return to again and again; staples that really deliver on cost per wear. We also wanted to highlight items we probably won’t be wearing in five years’ time. The hope is that by reflecting a little more and mindlessly shopping a little less, we can create wardrobes packed full of fashion that stand the test of time.

So what are the characteristics that united our winning staples? Versatility, a flattering fit and quality. The pieces that got the thumbs down from us were predominately impulse purchases and ill-fitting items. We’re compiling a mental checklist as we speak. Scroll down to see the style lessons our editors have learnt, and then see the pieces we will still love in five years’ time. Successful shopping trips, here we come.

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