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What Clothing brand or stores are the most durable / long lasting?

I am looking into investing into clothing from stores and brands that are high quality products and not fast fashion brands.
This is because I feel that I spend tons of money shopping at primark and other fast fashion places and they barely last one season and I would rather spend a sum of money and then that piece of clothing will last for years to come.
Which brands or stores should I look at?
I do not have a budget nor a taste for designer goods (if they are designer please still add them to the list)
It depends more on what clothes are made of than what store you buy them in - e.g. jeans with a higher percentage of cotton tend to last longer.
Original post by sunsetlover321
I am looking into investing into clothing from stores and brands that are high quality products and not fast fashion brands.
This is because I feel that I spend tons of money shopping at primark and other fast fashion places and they barely last one season and I would rather spend a sum of money and then that piece of clothing will last for years to come.
Which brands or stores should I look at?
I do not have a budget nor a taste for designer goods (if they are designer please still add them to the list)


Dorothy perkins (i know you can only buy them online now the shops are shut but the clothes are well worth it).
Stuff from Uniqlo is high quality and lasts for years.
Original post by kaorimiyazono
Stuff from Uniqlo is high quality and lasts for years.

Can't say that for the things I have from Uniqlo...
Original post by Emma:-)
Dorothy perkins (i know you can only buy them online now the shops are shut but the clothes are well worth it).


Thank you :smile:
Original post by sunsetlover321
Thank you :smile:

With me being short, they are one of the only places where i can find trousers and jeans short enough.
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Helmet Lang is an extremely good one. Their stuff is built to last (but they’re expensive, rare and pretty much all their clothes are archived as they stopped making clothes a while ago, meaning they’ll most likely be second hand). They’re good for jeans and jackets imo and they specialise in minimalist, but timeless fashion (Ebay, Grailed)

Raf Simons. Same as Helmut Lang, but his clothes are more broad fashion wise. If there’s a type of clothing you’re into, flick through his archives and he’ll probably have it. The clothes are extremely pricey though and they can be rarer than clothes from HL. The people who own his clothes will vouch that they will last for many many years though (eBay, Grailed, his website)

The North Face. Probably the middle ground between affordability (usually), practicality and reliability. Their clothes are very fashionable, will last you longer than your average article of clothing and depending on what you want, you should be able to buy it. What I have found though is that the lifetime of their clothes is usually proportional to the amount of money they cost, but even then they will still do a considerable amount of work for you before they should be given away. (Amazon, depop, their website, avoid eBay because there are lots of replicas on there)

I like my work clothes to last long and the place I’ve found best for my suits and shirts is Next. I have shirts from there that have lasted me a very, very long time and their suits will last you eons. I can’t exactly say the same about their shoes though but that’s just me, although my sister loves to go there for her shoes (physical store ideally to avoid sizing uncertainty, their website)

Gosha Rubchinskiy. Ideal guy to go to for plaid/checkered shirts imo. I have shirts from him that have lasted me several years now and any other shirts I’ve bought I’ve had to give away or sell after a year or two of washes. He makes clothes that are very casual and aren’t particularly centred around practicality - just straight comfort
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Dorothy Perkins was bought by Boohoo last year, so I would imagine the quality of the clothes has changed since last year...

Best not to buy from brands that would support the Boohoo group from an environmental perspective.

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