Basic Investment Pieces Every Wardrobe Needs
Fashionistas are always talking about great "investment pieces," but what do they really mean? These girls are talking about higher priced items that are worth the money, either because of how often you wear them or because of the value they bring to your wardrobe as a whole. My own closet is a mix of more expensive labels like Alexander Wang and Acne, and much cheaper brands like The Gap and Uniqlo.
When I really started thinking about how I wanted to construct my wardrobe, it was hard to know what types of pieces were worth a higher price tag and which items of clothing could be made just as well by a cheaper manufacturer. I've experimented a lot with this and while I love a good bargain, below are six investment pieces that I really think are worth a little extra money.
1. Jeans - If you're anything like me and you don't have a formal office job, you live in your jeans. Denim is tricky because if it isn't good quality it can turn into a disaster very very quickly. How many times have you bought a pair of jeans only to discover that they've fallen out of shape just a few weeks later or that you've worn a hole through the bum after only a couple months? I've bought so many pairs of jeans that ended up not fitting properly after just a few wears because they were poorly constructed. A quality pair of jeans should you last years, making them worth a little extra investment.
2. Blazers - A blazer can totally pull an outfit together and make it look stylish and professional. But an ill-fitting or poorly made blazer can do exactly the opposite. In a piece of highly structured clothing like a blazer, the way it's made is extremely important to the overall look and fit. Proper tailoring goes a very long way in making you look like a pro.
3. A Little Black Dress - I feel like this goes without saying since the LBD is such an important fashion staple for women. It's essential that every woman have at least one dress she can whip out at a moment's notice and know that she'll look amazing regardless of whether she's going to a wedding or a funeral. Chanel is credited with the origins of the LDB so don't tell me you're going to try and argue with Chanel. ;)
4. Handbags - A handbag can pull an entire outfit together, especially if you live someplace where you have to wear a lot of coats. (Any other Canadians out there?) Spending extra money on a quality purse or handbag is worth it because they really need to be durable. I used to buy cheap purses and I ended up burning through them so quickly. Inevitably a strap would break or the lining would rip or a zipper would snag and I'd be forced to throw it out. Two years ago I invested in a proper purse and it's still in beautiful condition despite the fact that I have literally used it every day for the last twenty-four months. Even though it was more money upfront, I ended up saving in the long run by buying something more durable.
5. Watches - This is another case where durability and a longer product life are worth the upfront cost. I can't even tell you how many cheap watches I've bought that stopped working after a couple months. Not only does a slightly pricier watch look more beautiful, but it can also last a lifetime. Accessories can elevate any outfit and investing in a piece that will last for years is definitely better than going through a constant rotation of cheap timepieces that end up in the trash.
6. Shoes - Shoes are so important because they can affect the health of your legs, back, and spine, particularly if you like to wear heels. It's important to invest in shoes that give your body the best possible support so that you don't end up with problems in your posture or with your body alignment. As someone who has spent a lot of time at the chiropractor's office, I can tell you that it's definitely an experience you'd rather avoid!
Purchasing investment pieces can definitely be scary. I remember the first time I bought an expensive pair of shoes I almost needed my friend to hand over my credit card for me! But I've learned that sometimes it's worth spending more money upfront to save yourself from having to buy the same things over and over again. If you get a lot of wear out of a piece and it lasts you a long time, you can actually end up saving more money than if you'd had to replace it multiple times with something cheaper. And if an item of clothing or an accessory can help you pull your outfit together in a pinch and make you feel amazing, than it's definitely worth a little investment.