How to Shop For Investment Pieces

How to Shop For Investment Pieces

I fell into investment dressing accidentally. I didn’t know some things would become investments until I’d worn them for many years. With age comes experience and…wisdom which has saved me a lot of money. Today I’m sharing tips on how you can shop for investment items for your wardrobe.

An investment purchase is an item that you know will serve you long-term. It goes with most/many items in your wardrobe and wearing it makes you feel confident and fabulous.

How to shop for investment pieces

I bought this coat many, many years ago and feel confident every time I wear it.

Your investment items will vary according to your budget. Most of my investment pieces were purchased many years ago. Some were expensive, many were not.

For me to consider an item an investment it must be a chameleon in my wardrobe or a building block I can create many looks around.

Things to consider when buying an investment piece

  • Opt for neutral colors that will coordinate with many other colors and patterns.
  • Stick to classic or near classic shapes or…
  • Choose unique items you will adore wearing every time you wear it.
  • Does it play nicely with 5 or more items in your wardrobe?
  • Is it versatile and can I wear it different ways?
  • Look for quality details to ensure it will stand the test of repeated wearing.
  • Be ready to care for your investment items meticulously.
  • Accessories can be some of the smartest investments.


Thanks for reading and have a great day!


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  1. Jan
    February 4, 2020 / 6:54 pm

    I love the coat! It was really a perfect fit and style for you. It’s definitely a keeper!
    I think we all have a color or style or fit that makes us feel comfortable.
    It’s really pretty simple, follow your instincts and you’re probably going to add your own special “keepers” to your wardrobe!
    You make my day !

  2. Yvonne
    March 27, 2018 / 10:41 am

    I adore that coat! I have 2 evening coats – one a brocade and the other in velvet that I bought back in the 90’s and still love to wear. I also regret donating a few pieces that I should have kept – oh well, live and learn.

    • March 27, 2018 / 9:26 pm

      Agreed! Live and learn and keep the good stuff:)

  3. Sandy Andry
    March 25, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    I’d love to see a continuation post where you show pictures of items in your closet you consider to be investment pieces.

    • March 25, 2018 / 10:41 pm

      I can do that Sandy and I will. Great idea.

  4. February 21, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Great coat! I’m a big fan of investment dressing. I have some ancient pieces that still go strong. Cheaper than throwaway trendy stuff. xo

    • Jennifer
      February 22, 2017 / 7:27 am

      I agree, Jen. This coat I’m wearing is old, old, old…but I will wear it until the moths get it!

  5. February 20, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    I know what you mean Jennifer, the confidence a lovely item gives you is great. I have a couple of pieces that are fabulous every year. I have my Mother’s 1950’s purses that are wonderful.

    • Jennifer
      February 22, 2017 / 7:25 am

      Lucky you!! They must be wonderful

  6. Debbie Z.
    February 19, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Jennifer, you look fabulous in that coat. It fits you perfectly and it has a classic, and even possibly vintage, look. Don’t ever let it go. It suits you and compliments your look wonderfully.

    • Jennifer
      February 19, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Thank you Debbie. I can freely admit it is the most treasured garment I own. I will be very sad when the moths get it.

  7. February 19, 2017 / 7:18 am

    That’s such a stunning coat, and has unique details that make it timeless.

    • Jennifer
      February 19, 2017 / 9:53 am

      It’s one of my all time favorites!

  8. February 19, 2017 / 5:41 am

    I’ve been shopping in the back end of my closet and realized that, inadvertently, I have a number of investment pieces. Which is pretty damn cool!

    • Jennifer
      February 19, 2017 / 7:04 am

      It is cool! That’s pretty much how I discovered it for myself. I noticed the age of some of the things I kept reaching for and realized they had been investments!

  9. February 19, 2017 / 4:41 am

    Great advice, Jennifer. For me the fit and the fabric are more important to me now and made it worth the investment for some pieces. You look so great in your photo!

    • Jennifer
      February 19, 2017 / 7:02 am

      Fit is critical for so many of my things. Being short makes it a priority for sure. That photo was from when I first met you at the blog convention!

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