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As more people look to buy responsibly, shoppers are increasingly looking for new ways to avoid fast fashion.

And while some have gravitated towards sustainable clothing brands, one of the most eco-friendly things you can do is simply to buy less and to invest in timeless pieces you can wear again and again.

According to studies, Americans alone throw away 14 million tons of clothing every year, all of which ends up in the landfill. So, anything you can do to reduce your consumption of textiles should definitely be one of your top priorities.

And while it can be intimidating to spend a lot of money upfront, investment pieces will pay for themselves over time. By purchasing high-quality, classic clothing items, you both reduce your carbon footprint and curb your spending over time.

Check out five pieces that are actually worth your money below.

1. The LBD

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A little black dress is an essential investment. In fact, it is probably the most essential one due to its versatility.

Not only is a little black dress perfect for cocktail parties and formal gatherings, but it doubles up for workplace environments and even dress-down events if you do it right.

On top of that, a little black dress is the most important statement piece because of its sheer ability to work with any type of accessory — whether it’s collector’s watches from luxury watch brands or cocktail earrings.

2. A Crossbody Bag

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A crossbody bag is absolutely a vital investment due to its practicality. If you are looking for something that isn’t heavy but requires you to hold a bit more than keys and lipstick, a crossbody purse is one of the best items for its sheer functionality.

While it might be tempting to buy the trendiest purse of the season, going with a crossbody bag that never goes out of style will make your life so much easier.

3. Sunglasses

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When you find the right pair of sunglasses, never let go! You need a good pair with UV blocking protection and polarization, but you also need to make sure that you’ve got the right proportions for your face shape.

Round frames or Wayfarers are a great investment because they go with any style and can be dressed up or down.

4. Jeans

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We’re not talking about any pair of jeans here. The perfect pair of investment jeans need to be classic, top quality, and, of course, flattering.

Finding the right denim can make you feel amazing every time you put them on. It’s always a good idea to purchase one perfect pair, but also back these up with a couple of other reasonably priced equivalents so your favorite pair of jeans can go in the laundry.

5. Versatile Flats

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The beauty of a pair of flats is that, if you pick the right pair, they can literally go with anything. You can wear them to the office, a party, or just out for errands. We recommend going with a good pair of flats with a neutral color like black or nude that will easily transition from day to night.

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