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11 Stores With Comfortable Clothes That You Can Wear for Years

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Durable Duds

At a certain point, we all grow tired of chasing trends, or spending good money on clothes that don't hold up for more than a season. After all, a cheap T-shirt is no deal if it can't last a month without ripping or unraveling. If you want off the fast-fashion carousel, we've rounded up our favorite retailers making timeless, comfortable clothes that reviewers say are worth spending a bit more on since they're made to last.

L.L. Bean
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L.L.Bean

L.L.Bean, a Maine institution since 1912, proclaims "the outside is inside everything we make," and it shows in their woody assortment of flannel, cozy pullovers, warm coats, and famously rugged duck boots that can last winter after winter without skipping a beat. Unfortunately, the store discontinued its famous lifetime guarantee a couple of years ago, but reviews indicate product quality is as robust as ever. Today, purchases are backed by a guarantee that allows returns for any reason within a year; after that, they’ll still accept returns due to issues with materials or craftsmanship.

Women’s Perfect Fit Pants
L.L. Bean

L.L.Bean: What to Buy

Women's Perfect Fit Pants
Price: $40
Buy It
Anything billed as "perfect" better be at least pretty close, and tons of happy buyers say these pants deliver. Made of jersey-knit cotton and stretchy Lycra, they have plenty of stretch but still retain their shape, and they come in several styles, including slim leg and boot cut. 

Reviewer rave: "Love, love, love these pants!! They have a neat, trim fit in the legs and thighs, but allow just enough stretch in the waist to work for me. I wear them to work with cute flats and sweaters, and on the weekends with tennis shoes and sweatshirts." — DebM

Men’s Chamois Shirt
L.L. Bean

L.L.Bean: What to Buy

Men’s Chamois Shirt
Price: $60
Buy It
A shirt that has endured for 90 years, this relaxed-fit top is everything flannel should be: warm, soft, and rugged. Double-stitched seams and unbreakable buttons should hold up to wash after wash. 

Reviewer rave: "I have a half dozen of these shirts in various colors. Bar none they are the most comfortable shirt you can own for outdoor wear or inside with the thermostat turned down. I often wear one over a T-shirt as a light jacket shirt running errands around town. Durability is great even after repeated washings. Just keep coming out with new colors and patterns." — Hawg01

Pendleton Store
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Pendleton

The Pendleton Woolen Mills opened in Oregon in the early 1900s and have been going strong since then. Today, Pendleton is best known for its soft, lightweight wool blankets in dozens of gorgeous patterns, but it produces classic clothing, too. While simple, sturdy items like cotton T-shirts and chinos are available, the showstoppers here are the beautiful wool blazers, cardigans, coats, and shawls. Everything you buy is "warranted to be a Pendleton"and is returnable for the life of the item.

Women’s Shetland Washable Wool Cardigan
Pendleton

Pendleton: What to Buy

Women's Shetland Washable Wool Cardigan
Price: $109
Buy It
Wool doesn’t have to be fussy. This relaxed-fit cardigan made from 100% New Zealand-sourced Shetland wool is colorfast as well as water-, stain- and odor-resistant. Even better, it’s machine-washable.

Reviewer rave: "Wonderfully warm and functional cardigan, just what I was looking for. I took this on a trip to Colorado to be sure I stayed warm. I also wanted a sweater that would go with everything, and this fit the bill. The fit was true to size. And having pockets was definitely a bonus!" — Marty

Men’s Board Shirt
Pendleton

Pendleton: What to Buy

Men's Board Shirt
Price: $139
Buy It
Close to 600 happy reviewers agree: This classic '60s surfer shirt is still as relevant today as it was more than 50 years ago. The machine-washable wool is water-, odor- and stain-resistant, and there are more than two dozen colors to choose from.

Reviewer rave: "This is my fifth Pendleton board shirt purchase. There's nothing like these things. I'm a huge fan of the fabric, fit and style." — Zimm

Carhartt Store
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Carhartt

Carhartt has always been a go-to for high-quality, fairly priced work clothes, but the brand has broadened its appeal, even while staying true to its blue-collar roots. It has expanded its lines to women and children, and while you won’t find any dressy duds here, you will find a ton of clothes that are built to take a beating, whether that’s from weather, work or years of wear and tear. The company says it will "do everything we can" to make things right in case of defects not caused by normal wear and tear. Returns must be made within 60 days.

Men’s and Women’s Acrylic Watch Hat
Carhartt

Carhartt: What to Buy

Men’s and Women’s Acrylic Watch Hat
Price: $15
Buy It
You see these hats everywhere because they're just that warm and practical. Made of stretchy acrylic rib-knit fabric that stays put, they come in a ton of colors.

Reviewer rave: "I absolutely love this hat, especially when I'm working outside with the cows. I’ve had the same one for over a year, and no matter how many times I've washed it, the hat still looks brand new." — Jazzi

Men’s Sandstone Sherpa-Lined Sierra Jacket
Carhartt

Carhartt: What to Buy

Men’s Sandstone Sherpa-Lined Sierra Jacket
Price: $130
Buy It
Carhartt coats are legendary because they're built for function first, plain and simple. This one, made from heavyweight duck cloth, has a sherpa lining for additional warmth and softness. The pleated back allows for stretch, the sleeves are specially designed to keep out the cold, and there are plenty of pockets.

Reviewer rave: "This is the best coat I’ve ever owned, and I've owned North Face, Nike and Under Armour. This is my favorite go-to coat. It is thick, solid, yet so soft and very warm." — Rey M

Lands' End
Lands' End

Lands' End

You may remember seeing Lands'End apparel in Sears, but the two retailers' longtime partnership ended at the beginning of the year. Still, it's worth seeking out this store for its classic sweaters, flattering swimsuits, unfussy dresses and other timeless basics, often with a slightly preppy or nautical bent. Not satisfied? Lands'End will take back purchases any time, for any reason, under its lifetime guarantee.

Women’s Supima Cotton Short Sleeve Polo Shirt
Lands'End

Lands' End: What to Buy

Women’s Supima Cotton Short Sleeve Polo Shirt
Price: $35
Buy It
If you could sum up Lands'End in a single garment, it might be this classic, casual polo made from pill-, stain- and wrinkle-resistant Supima cotton. There are plenty of vibrant colors and patterns to choose from, and it’s available in petite, tall, and plus sizes, too.

Reviewer rave: "I liked the one I already owned so I bought another. These are great polos. The fit is perfect. The fabric, soft and comfortable. The look is dressy. They are soft and cool for summer. A very comfortable shirt." — Debi5

Men’s Comfort Waist No Iron Chino Pants
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Lands' End: What to Buy

Men’s Comfort Waist No Iron Chino Pants
Price: $60
Buy It
If the khakis aren't making it out of your closet because of annoying wrinkles, these popular no-iron chinos that come in a ton of colors might be the solution. They stretch up to 2 inches in the waist — always appreciated — and the stain-resistant cotton twill never looks sloppy.

Reviewer rave: "They are well made, fit perfectly, and the hidden elastic gives him a little extra breathing room. Wash and wear like a dream." — Marks

Garnet Hill
Garnet Hill

Garnet Hill

Perhaps best known for its high-quality bedding, Garnet Hill makes soft, supple women's and kid's clothing with an emphasis on eco-conscious, sustainable fibers wherever possible. It also has an exclusive collaboration with Eileen Fisher, known for her minimalist, mature designs. Shoppers looking for items a bit beyond the basics — think dresses, swimwear and resortwear — can also find choices here. Garnet Hill aims for customers to be "completely delighted" with their purchases and allows returns and exchanges at any time.

Women’s Easy Linen Tunic
Garnet Hill

Garnet Hill: What to Buy

Women’s Easy Linen Tunic
Price: $99
Buy It
This linen tunic is emblematic of Garnet Hill's easy, breezy style. The relaxed silhouette pairs well with leggings or skinny jeans, and the long sleeves with button cuffs are easy to push up and out of the way on warmer days.

Reviewer rave: "Absolutely love this great classic and the fabric is lightweight, breathable and not cheap looking. It washes up great: shake it out, hang it, smooth out the wrinkles, and hang it to dry. So, so easy. Great layered look if you want. Great look with shorts, capris, ankle pants or jeans." — CarolynM

Perfect Travel Pants
Garnet Hill

Garnet Hill: What to Buy

Women’s Perfect Travel Pants
Price: $89
Buy It
Dread that next long-haul flight a little less with these travel-ready pants that have a flattering wide waistband and the perfect amount of slouch. The soft French terry is moisture-wicking and comfortable enough for those awkward airborne naps.

Reviewer rave: "Besides being the most comfortable travel pants ever (20 hours on a train are proof of that) these pants launder beautifully. ... I rolled these up in my suitcase and the wrinkles shook right out when I put them on. Oh — and they have nice deep pockets too. I can't say enough good things about them." — Nancy407

Orvis Store
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Orvis

Another standout outfitter, Orvis has been in business since the 1850s, when it first started selling fly-fishing equipment in Vermont. While anglers, hunters, and others with niche outdoor pursuits can still find their gear here, the brand has expanded into casual, classic clothes like sweaters, fleece, T-shirts and vests; frequent jetsetters will find some travel duds here, too. Best of all, anything you buy from Orvis is guaranteed for life.

Related: 50 Well-Made Products You'll Never Have to Buy Again

Women’s Marled Sweater Fleece Zip-Front Vest
Orvis

Orvis: What to Buy

Women’s Marled Sweater Fleece Zip-Front Vest
Price: $79
Buy It
It's hard to beat a warm vest for those in-between weather days, and the marled sweater knit gives this one some extra polish. Princess seams keep it from being too boxy, and zippered pockets are practical for stashing small items.

Reviewer rave: "I purchased this for my wife's Christmas present, so hoped it would be good. It was all that and more. Really well received, excellent quality and fit as with all Orvis products. I need not have been concerned." — Mikofbucks

Men’s Trout Bum Quilted Snap Sweatshirt
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Orvis: What to Buy

Men’s Trout Bum Quilted Snap Sweatshirt
Price: $98
Buy It
This uber-popular sweatshirt might feel like wearing your favorite blanket, but it will sure look a lot more stylish. Made from two jersey layers filled with additional polyester insulation, it’s plenty cozy, and contrasting trim adds interest.

Reviewer rave: "This is so soft and cozy. My husband was super surprised that I got him an Orvis branded shirt … and was thrilled. I’m more of a shopper than outdoorsman and bought this over the Patagonia quilted pullover. I liked the style. Husband loved the quality of Orvis" — MelissaMc

American Giant
American Giant

American Giant

This relatively new startuphas made a big splash by "doing everything wrong by today’s standards," according to Forbes — that is, making all of its clothing in the United States, paying high wages, doing little marketing, and producing only a small number of classic, skip-the-trends pieces. Indeed, you'll find a closely curated collection of comfy sweatshirts, tops, pants and the like, all backed by a lifetime warranty that protects against workmanship and material defects.

Related: 41 Clothing Brands That Are Still Made in America

Women’s Classic Full Zip Sweatshirt
American Giant

American Giant: What to Buy

Women’s Classic Full Zip Sweatshirt
Price: $108
Buy It
Billed as "the greatest hoodie ever made," this American-made sweatshirt commands a premium because of all the thoughtful details. Made of a heavyweight fleece, it has a double-lined hood, reinforced elbows and stitching, premium hardware and a slim fit.

Reviewer rave: "Perfect fit: room to move and breathe but not baggy, heavyweight warmth but fits under my jacket. Stitched to last, amazing zipper, great cuffs and a functional, comfortable hood. I build my outfit around this hoody." — Daniel D.

Men’s Highway Shirt
American Giant

American Giant: What to Buy

Men’s Highway Shirt
Price: $118
Buy It
This sturdy cotton twill button-down, also made in the U.S., is triple-stitched to last and last. Owners say the fit is spot on and the fabric substantial enough to repel wrinkles.

Reviewer rave: "Shirt is well made. Nice and heavy fabric. I'm used to a slimmer fit, but the strength of fabric and the fact it really doesn't need ironing coming out of the dryer make up for the boxiness. I love just being able to wash it, dry it, and throw it on."

Duluth Trading Co.

Duluth Trading Co.

You might know Duluth Trading Co. from zany ads hawking its best-selling Dang Soft and Buck Naked underwear, but there's more to this Minnesota-bred outfitter than comfortable skivvies. While the clothing you'll get here has a Northwoods bent, most pieces are thoughtfully designed for the way real people move, sweat, and play: for instance, tank tops that won’t ride up, and pants with articulated knees that make it easier to move. Duluth's No Bull Guarantee allows returns for most reasons for a year; after that, returns for manufacturing or design defects are still accepted.

Women’s NoGA Stretch Slim Leg Pants
Duluth Trading Co.

Duluth Trading Co.: What to Buy

Women’s NoGA Stretch Slim Leg Pants
Price: $65
Buy It
Whether you’re going to yoga class or the grocery store, devotees say these moisture-wicking pants will be the pair you just don’t want to take off at the end of the day. Made of a blend of nylon and spandex, they're form-fitting without being overly tight, and a wide waistband helps smooth out any bumps.

Reviewer rave: "Great Pants! Not too tight that they reveal all that you have but look great even with bigger thighs. Comfortable and neat looking. Doesn't look like you have your pajamas on, but comfortable like pajamas." — dd

Men's Longtail T Short Sleeve Shirt With Pocket
Duluth Trading Co.

Duluth Trading Co.: What to Buy

Men's Longtail T-Shirt
Price: $23
Buy It
Bending over doesn't have to give everyone a full rear view with this beloved 100% cotton T-shirt. Designed with 3 inches of extra length, it will keep you covered no matter how much crouching and kneeling is part of your day.

Reviewer rave: "Duluth products are great quality and priced right. I have never been disappointed with any Duluth purchases. My husband uses these for work shirts and even with frequent washings, these T-shirts last several years. They keep their color and their shape." — Momo4

Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer

Century-old Eddie Bauer manages to toe the line between serious outfitter and casual retailer. While clothes are made to hold up during outdoor adventures, they won’t look out of place even if you’re more likely to take a slow stroll through the grocery store than a long hike in the woods. Selection definitely skews casual, and purchases are backed by a "built to last" product guarantee that means you can return products for a full refund anytime.

Women’s Lodge Down Parka
Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer: What to Buy

Women’s Lodge Down Parka
Price: $249
Buy It
This parka has been one of Eddie Bauer's best-selling items for more than a decade, likely because the down insulation is great for keeping you toasty without adding too much bulk. Rated to minus 40 degrees, it's also moisture-repellant and has a practical snap-off hood.

Reviewer rave: "Great buy! Warm, double-ended zipper, great internal cuffs to keep out cold air, nice fit, great length. Very warm without being bulky." — Nana Deb

Men’s Radiator Fleece Half Zip
Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer: What to Buy

Men’s Radiator Fleece Half Zip
Price: $60
Buy It
Every man needs a sweatshirt that can pass as a sweater, and this anti-pill performance-fleece half-zip fits the bill. The stand-up collar helps keep your neck warm, and it's easy to toss in the washer and dryer.

Reviewer rave: "Super comfortable and great looking. Love the softness of the inside of the collar on my neck. Super comfortable to wear and seems like it will last a long time without balling up or stretching on the hem lines. I wear the talls and they fit great." — Julius

Everlane Store
Everlane

Everlane

While Everlane's pledge to bring "radical transparency" to the apparel business is part of the reason it has found loyal buyers in millennials, the brand's array of modern basics have ageless appeal. Think simply cut sweaters, timeless denim jackets, chino shorts, and cropped pants, all in neutrals or muted hues. Shop during its "Choose What You Pay" sales and, yes, you can choose between three discounted prices, each explaining exactly what the money covers, from basic product development to office overhead. Purchases are returnable for 60 days, but items from its Uniform line are backed by a 365-day guarantee."

Women’s Cashmere Crew
Everlane

Everlane: What to Buy

Women’s Cashmere Crew
Price: $100
Buy It
Every woman should own at least one cashmere sweater, and this one has all the hallmarks of a wardrobe staple with a slightly relaxed fit and a classic crew neck. It also comes in more than a dozen colors, and owners rave that the quality is top-notch, especially for the price.

Reviewer rave: "The fit is slimming and perfect weight. There is no pilling. … I am replacing all my cashmere sweaters with these! Only a hundred dollars for this sweater is unreal! I would have paid much more for this quality! Love spreading the word about a fine quality product at a very reasonable price!" — Scarlett O.

Men’s Slim Fit Jean
Everlane

Everlane: What to Buy

Men’s Slim Fit Jean
Price: $68
Buy It
Skinny jeans might not be your thing, but every guy can use some slim-fit denim for date nights or dressy-casual events. This pair, available in five washes, has just enough stretch to keep things comfortable without looking sloppy.

Reviewer rave: "This pair of jeans fits as if it were made to specifically fit my body. While I've never been a fan of stretch in my clothing, particularly jeans, I find these to have just the right feel. The denim has a good weight to it — not thin like a lot of fast fashion that will disintegrate after a few washes, and not bulky and heavy like frumpy jeans to be worn while laying railroad." — Otterwhere

Patagonia Store
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Patagonia

Our list isn't short on outfitters, but none have achieved the cross-generational appeal of Patagonia, a label that shows up on college kids scrambling to class as often as it does as outdoorsy 60-somethings. The eco-conscious brand is equally adept at dressing mountain climbers as it is regular people who just want casual clothes that will hold up to extended wear, and while there are certainly cheaper places to bolster your wardrobe, most don’t have Patagonia’s "Ironclad Guarantee." If any clothes don’t live up to your expectations, they can be returned at any time; minor issues arising from normal wear and tear are often fixed for free.

Women’s Better Sweater Fleece
Patagonia

Patagonia: What to Buy

Women’s Better Sweater Fleece
Price: $99
Buy It
One of Patagonia's most beloved items, the Better Sweater is made from 100% recycled knit fleece that will stop any chilly breeze in its tracks. It has flattering princess seams, micropolyester jersey trim, and a practical zippered security pocket on the sleeve.

Reviewer rave: "This is my ideal quarter zip — I basically live in it anytime it's below 60 degrees. Honestly my plan right now is to buy one per paycheck until I have every color." — Grace F.

Men’s Micro Puff Hoody
Patagonia

Patagonia: What to Buy

Men’s Micro Puff Hoody
Price: $299
Buy It
Stay warm without added bulk in this lightweight, go-anywhere coat, which has synthetic insulation that compresses and packs easily. The outer shell is windproof and water-repellant, and the quilting keeps the coat’s insulation exactly where it needs to be for maximum warmth.

Reviewer rave: "This is a pretty perfect jacket. It's lightweight but retains warmth like there's a little furnace inside. It blocks wind and keeps me dry. It looks great without being too puffy and has a pretty solid silhouette." —Thomas S.