When you're working an unpaid internship and only earning slim pickings for your minimal hours as a barista, scraping together the funds to find your personal style can be a rough slog. And, yeah, the pieces we're about to show you definitely aren't on a 2 for $30 deal at your local Westfield so we aren't judging, but there's something to be said for investing in an expensive piece that will last you 10+ years rather than buying an inexpensive one twenty times because they fall apart so quickly. When you really look at it, the wad of dosh you lay down now will save you big bucks in the long run.
So, without further ado, here are some classic brands and timeless pieces you should invest in ASAP so you can stop spending time scouring through sale racks and focus on that side hustle you've been meaning to work on for weeks.
SHOES: DR. MARTENS
Dr. Martens first launched in the UK on the 1st of April 1960. At first they were popular with skinheads, but long gone are the days of the curb-stomper aesthetic. Branching out in the '80s to be a favourite of most counter-culture groups, Docs have become a symbol of youth resistance.
For the last 14 years the brand has been selling styles in softer leathers that don't need to be broken in and with an updated aesthetic. These aren't your granddad's boots. With a trademarked "bouncing soul" Docs are super comfortable to wear and will last for years. Remember: no matter how much weight you gain or loose, you can always fit into your shoes.
Don't just think of the 1460 boots, Dr. Martens has a range of different styles for everyone and has even branched out into vegan leather.
Kate Spade was sold to the makers of Coach in 2017, but the brand has managed to keep its quirky style and continues to bring out imaginative handbags, timeless accessories, and a chic home wares collection.
But don't think it's all bright prints and off-the-wall designs, Kate Spade brings out classic shapes in colours to match each collection. Made with sturdy straps and good quality fabrics, you'll find something for every occasion whether it be a tote, a clutch, a wallet, a travel bag or a backpack.
Elevating classics, Kate Spade handbags give you the option of adding little oomph to an outfit or making a statement with an outrageous design.
Chanel is a brand that does a lot of things well. From haute couture on the runway to ready-to-wear pieces that you can find in department stores across the globe, Chanel has made a name as a brand to watch for both clothing and accessories.
Coco Chanel founded her brand in the early 1900s and after WW1 ended she popularised a more simplistic chic silhouette that broke away from the constrictive, corseted style of the 19th Century. Famous for No. 5 de Chanel perfume and the instantly recognisable Chanel suit, the brand is still creating perennial pieces with a modern twist.
Coco Chanel is also credited with inventing the "little black dress", something which would become a wardrobe staple for its versatility and timelessness. Chanel has always been a brand that encouraged investment in long-wearing pieces. We think the best purchase from Chanel is a pair of classic sunglasses that you can wear for years to come.
JEWELLERY: Samantha Wills
Maybe most recognisable for her statement rings, Samantha Wills is a jewellery designer with a self proclaimed luxe-bohemian approach. With a knack for the seamless melding of natural stones and crisp metals, this brand has a look which suits multiple styles.
Samantha Wills rose to international fame when her jewellery was featured on Sex and the City and was subsequently declared a breakout star by the New York Times in 2011.
The brand has a range of pieces which could pair nicely with casual jeans-and-a-nice-top but are also suitable for more dressed up nights out. Samantha Wills has something to suit every occasion.
JEANS: Nobody Denim
The name says it all. "We are Nobody." A pair of jeans shouldn't be a statement, they should allow you to make your own. An Aussie brand hailing from Melbourne, Nobody was started in 1999 and are most famous for their best-selling Cult Skinny.
Ever wondered what it feels like to have 2 scoops of ice cream for a toosh? Wonder no more - Nobody jeans hug in all the right places but don't cut in or restrict your movement. The fabric feels like a hug on your bum and, honestly, you'll never throw a pair away. These jeans last! (As long as you don't ever put them in the dryer as that will melt the elastine and make them loose their gorgeous curved shape.)
With their classic "cult" skinny cut in 3 different rises (mid, high, & super-high) and on-trend styles rotating through seasonally, Nobody Denim is a brand you can't afford to not get on board with.
Denim Top Tip: Wash your jeans a little as possible. They're not your buns, hun, so they don't need a weekly spin cycle. Put them in a bag in the freezer to kill off germs & spot wash any stains or spills to make the fibres last longer.