10 Indie Brands Worth Saving Up For

There's something about fast fashion that makes it impossible to quit. And if you shop the same major retailers as we do, you know exactly what we mean: the too-cheap prices, the high turnover that tackles every trend right as it rises to popularity, the utter convenience of it all. But at the same time, if you've ever saved up for a non-fast fashion splurge, you know how rewarding it can be. The noticeably higher quality, the special feeling you get from buying something you know was worth it — and when you get that first investment item, it's impossible to not wonder why you bothered to buy 15 not-quite-right approximations first.

Even though it's difficult to picture a world without fast fashion altogether, it is important to shed light on the amazing brands maintaining their quality, ethics, and aesthetics in a world of mass consumption. While the price tags may be higher, the 10 labels ahead are worth every penny. Click through to see the indie shops we're eyeing.
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Minimalism isn't anything new, but Amator does it with an unconventional, quirky twist. The Scandinavian fashion brand offers everything from loungewear and cocktail dresses to cool suits (like this pink option) in luxe materials (and with surprising design details) that will fit seamlessly into your existing wardrobe.

Amator Micky Pants in Rose, $200.86, available at Amator.
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For cool-kid hoodies and other statement-making streetwear goods, check out WrkDept, a genderless ready-to-wear line from Montreal. The brand treads the line between experimental and relatable and wearable — and really, who doesn't love some comfy, oversized clothing that still passes in public?

WrkDept "LOVEULONGTIME" Hoodie, $110, available at WrkDept.
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Shona Joy
We've got Australia on the brain since returning from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, and Shona Joy is just one of the many amazing brands popping up "down under." Here, find perfectly draped dresses and skirts, and a neutral color palette.

Shona Joy
Monique Long Sleeve Wrap Dress, $231, available at Shona Joy.
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When you've graduated from fast fashion, look to Waltz for timeless wardrobe staples. With its menswear-inspired, impeccably tailored pieces, the brand encourages its customers to really think about the items sitting in their closets, and to consider paring it back to just the essentials.

Waltz Pinafore Dress, $338, available at Waltz.
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When we discovered Côme on Instagram, we knew our wallets were in trouble. Its unexpected ready-to-wear pieces feature metallics, patchwork, and embroidery, and its selection has everything we need for that effortless French-girl je ne sais quoi we so often crave.

Côme Bicolor Structured Jacket, $298, available at Côme.
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We saw firsthand all of the amazing fashion talent coming out of Tbilisi, Georgia, so when we heard about N-Duo, we couldn't wait to shop it. Based in the burgeoning style capital, the company focuses on fun mixes of color and texture that feel eclectic on purpose. Consider your new summer wardrobe found.

N-Duo Mint Green Ruffled Midi Skirt, $350, available at N-Duo.
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Designers Koon Lim and Catrine Thé (from Singapore and Indonesia, respectively) met while studying at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. Today, their brand masters an intellectually refined aesthetic and performs all sourcing and production for its ready-to-wear and accessories in Milan. To sum it up simply: Its offering of bold colors, unique textures, and quirky prints had us at "Hello."

Koonhor Hand-knit Metallic Top, $532, available at Koonhor.
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The love-child from the founders of Australian brands Finders Keepers and C/Meo Collective, Acler is basically the perfect blend of both, full of minimalist (but never boring) pieces that feel contemporary. Need a new destination for work staples or formal events? This will become your go-to.

Acler Baya Kimono, $330 $231, available at Acler.
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This brand's three muses are Solange Knowles, Penelope Cruz, and Garance Doré, so you know it's offering is on-point. Here, you'll find effortless (but still bold) separates, monochromatic sets, and other cool-meets-practical pieces for women on-the-go. As a bonus? It's all ethically manufactured in Los Angeles. A win-win.

LaCausa Bouquet Top, $84, available at LaCausa.
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Founded by French style icon Jeanne Damas, newly launched Rouje encapsulates everything we love about her unexpectedly sexy, undone style. With easy-to-style graphic tees, structured outerwear, miniskirts, and ballet flats, this e-tailer is sure to become a fashion-crowd favorite.

Rouje Mona Jacket, $325, available at Rouje.

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