27 Prada Forever-Pieces That Will Stand The Test of Time

As we know all too well, as quickly as fashion trends come, they can also go, so when it comes to buying designer items with a hefty price tag, it pays to be shrewd. The phrase ‘investment piece’ can be used easily (and in my case often to justify a spontaneous purchase), but what it really means is finding that one great item, the one you’ll rewear for years to come, knowing each time you put it on brings as much joy as the first time you wore it. So surely, not too much of an ask?

In terms of a designer purchases financial value, there is known to be a few brands whose resale price can nearly match the original cost (and many cases where vintage finds can make even more). So before you part with your money it is always a good idea to find the piece you love, and think of its longterm wearability. Is it a trend-lead statement piece, or versatile enough to work with your existing wardrobe? Do you trust the quality of the fabrication, and does feel it made to last? Finally, does the cost per wear justify the price? One brand that always manages to tick the right boxes is Prada, and its brand of meticulous craftsmanship, timeless tailoring (and the occasional eccentric twist). 

When it comes to which pieces to invest in, there are three in particular that we believe have true staying power, so keep scrolling for our picks of the Prada pieces worthing buying now, and loving forever.  

The Cleo shoulder bag a new classic, based on an archival silhouette from the house’s 1990s archives, its sleek, minimal shape is an instantly recognisable as the Dior Saddle Bag or Hermés Birkin. 

A simple black shoulder bag never goes out of style. 

We love the colourful geometric jacquard motifs from the Fall/Winter 2021 collection. 

Another key print from the collection, this leather trimmed bag has an air of Sixties nostalgia. 

There are only a couple of the elusive Cleo bag left in this glossy, tobacco colourway. 

An XXL carry-all for all of your everyday essentials. Whether classic leather or one of the seasonal fabric iterations, this deep bag is the perfect purchase for the one who always comes well prepared. 

This sleek, high-shine tote is new for spring summer 2022. 

If statement bags are more your thing, it comes in triangle jacquard too. 

The must-have bag this summer will still be a great beach bag for many years to come.

Prada fans will remember the nylon drawstring bucket bags of the 90s, but there are now plenty of luxurious, leather based bags designed not only to be durable, but timeless too.

A surprisingly roomy mini bucket bag in brushed spazzolato leather. 

Subtly embossed leather with a big enough bamboo handle to wear on the crook of your arm. 

You needn’t worry about the contents of your bag, there’s also a detachable pouch for everything you need kept secure. 

There was a time in recent history that the only loafer to be seen in was the Gucci Horsebit, a slim lined leather loafter (often backless), adorned with the brands signature horsebit. Then in the autumn of 2020, a chunkier, edgier answer to the Horsebit would arrive–the Triangle loafer. Now with upgraded soles, embellishments and colour options, this is the loafer loved by the fashion set. 

The O.G pair you’ve seen all over your Instagram feed. 

A traditional loafer silhouette, in a contemporary new colour. 

If you wanted a shoe that is out of the ordinary, you just found it. 

Take the loafer to new heights with the extra chunky Monolith sole. 

We have Miuccia Prada to thank for a revival of the kitten heel in the 2020s. Sleeker, sportier and a whole lot cooler, these aren’t the microheels of the past, the low heel has had a fashionable new upgrade.

The original slingback from the Autumn Winter 2020 collection has been revamped in the brands ubiquitous black nylon. 

It wouldn’t be Prada without a pop of colour, and fresh sky blue will do the trick. 

So new you may not have even seen them yet, this is the kitten heel 2.0.

The perfect party shoes for dancing the night away. 

Lace up your boots and prepare to enlist in the Prada army. Along with Bottega Veneta’s Tire Chelsea Boots and Chloe’s rubber Betty boots, chunky, heavy soled boots have taken over the last few winters, and show no signs of slowing down. A practical trend we can get behind. 

What other boot would come with detachable pockets? 

Part leather, part recycled nylon as part of the brands commitment to sustainable textile use.

A classic, chunky Chelsea boot that is as functional as it is fashionable. 

A padded nylon coat is a Prada staple, and you can guarantee you’ll see it everywhere from the city to the slopes. 

Tailored wool coats never go out of fashion, and are one of the few items in your wardrobe you can be sure you’ll wear year after year. 

Femininity is at Prada’s core, so you can always expect form-fitting pencil skirts, micro minis, or full-skirted A-line silhouettes.

Eveningwear is always a sound investment. A dress like this is a certified conversation starter, no matter the event. 

This belted pencil skirt is available in two colours, but why choose black when you can have zesty orange instead?

A skirt now so Instafamous it deserves its own hashtag. 

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