10 Best International Clothing Brands to Buy Right Now
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Any fashion girl will tell you: international brands are where they are. Iconic fashion houses like Gucci, Prada, Chanel and more are still trailblazers to this day, while more affordable options like Zara, Mango and Ganni are stepping up their offerings by staying even more on top of their friends (and creating new ones!). From the viral green Zara dress that made waves this summer to Ganni’s signature oversized collared look, it’s easier than ever to stand out and find your own unique sense of fashion on a budget.
One of my favorite things about fashion is that if you have your eye on it, it doesn’t matter how much you spend on your pieces. The best looks are paired with a mix of high and low items that complement the personality of the wearer. With luxury brands, it’s best to invest in a piece that you know how to use consistently and in styles that stand the test of time. Don’t hit the buy button too quickly for on-trend bag or shoe styles that won’t be in season next year. The same goes for (faster) fashion brands; you don’t want to buy something affordable only to wear it a few times, only to be sent to the donation bin.
With that in mind, more and more international brands are offering unique styles at all price points, and right now, international brands are hotter than ever. Here are some of the brands we’re buying right now and the best standout pieces to invest in to help you build your wardrobe over time.
Prada was launched in 1913 in Milan, Italy, selling only travel accessories like bags and luggage. Since then, it has moved into the space of clothing, footwear and even beauty with its fragrances.
I’m obsessed with every piece Prada has released recently that has the triangle logo on it. It’s so chic – can’t you just imagine stepping out with your shoulder bag, socks and loafers for dinner with the girls? I need this ASAP.
Gucci House somebody? Although this brand has a sordid history, it has been a coveted mainstay of the fashion industry since its launch in 1921 by Guccio Gucci.
Remember those loafers I mentioned above? It doesn’t look like this trend is going out of style anytime soon. It’s a great staple item to invest in that’s sure to evolve with the seasons.
Chanel is practically synonymous with Paris, and it was founded there in 1910, when it was still considered ~wild~ for women to wear blouses with pants. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel began designing hats and quickly branched out into ready-to-wear, creating both elegant and comfortable clothing for women, emerging from an era when women’s clothing was still very restrictive.
Chanel is a must-have brand to this day, with its coveted handbags selling for an average of $5,000 to $10,000. This dreamy cashmere crop top rivals NYC rent, but it’s worth it.
Ganni was founded in 2000 as a cashmere line, but it wasn’t until husband and wife Nicolaj and Ditte Reffstrup joined the helm in 2009 that the brand began to gain prominence as a ready-to-wear brand. -à-porter selling dresses, tops and more.
Today, Ganni is infamous for its whimsical collars, basic tees and dresses for all occasions. Vests as tops are all the rage for the summer-fall transition, and this one costs just under $200.
Many people do not know that Zara is a brand founded in 1975 in Spain. Since then, he has become known for bringing international trends to the United States at an affordable price.
Now that TikTok is here, Zara dresses frequently go viral, and I predict this darted silk dress will be trending for fall.
Mango is another brand founded in Spain in 1984. Mango is privately owned and is known in the United States for its oversized blazers and trench coats which the brand ships directly from its factory in Spain to its Mango stores around the world.
If you were a fashion girl in the early 2010s, you probably remember the first time you walked into an H&M store and were blown away. For me, it was when I first visited New York, as H&M hadn’t reached small towns in America yet at the time.
H&M is based in Sweden and was founded in 1947 and didn’t come to the US until 2000. This plaid sweater dress is a great representation of the brand that quickly takes current trends and brings them to market for less than $50.
8. Stella McCartney
The way the fashion majors lived and died for Stella McCartney’s Falabella bag when it launched in 2009 is the kind of fashion hit most designers can only dream of. McCartney’s vision of a soft luxury bag that has been not in leather turned out to be a brilliant idea with iconic strength for the brand. Today, McCartney’s designs are still celebrated around the world and if you’re very patient, you can find his designer duds for sale in luxury fashion stores.
9. Yuhan Wang
Yuhan Wang is a London-based Chinese designer who studied fashion design at Central Saint Martins in London before working with brands like JW Anderson and Oscar de la Renta before launching her own eponymous label in 2018.
Her designs aim to explore Asian feminine influences combined with Western culture and the result is a whimsical line of florals, draped patterns and sheer fabrics that look like a dream.
10. Autumn Adeigbo
Celebrities like Florence Pugh, Gabrielle Union and Kerry Washington can’t get enough of the designs of Autumn Adeigbo, who quickly launched her namesake label (launched in 2016) at stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and more. Be sure to check out her dresses and jumpsuits, in addition to her famous platform pumps featured here.