We talk a lot about the new fashion here, but today, I want to switch things up and talk about how to shop for investment wardrobe pieces that will save you both time and money. I don’t add many new pieces to my wardrobe each season, and I’m very particular about the ones I do. I also own and actively wear pieces I’ve had for 25+ years.
A white T-shirt is an investment piece for some women, but I never spend much on mine because I like to replace them often. My Paul Green sneakers are an investment because they’re super comfy, and I’ve worn them for many years. My white button-down shirts also get dingy, so I never spend a lot on them. My point is that a timeless item in your wardrobe will be unique to your style.
Your investment items will vary according to your budget, lifestyle, and location and do not have to be a luxury brand. They need to be worth investing in for your specific style needs and provide versatility in your wardrobe.
Understanding how to shop for timeless pieces is key for women who want to curate a wardrobe that transcends seasons and trends. This guide is your compass to navigating the world of fashion choices, ensuring every piece you purchase is not just a garment but a long-term asset to your personal style.
1-What Is An Investment Piece?
Investment dressing has become even more important in today’s fashion landscape, which is often dominated by disposable styles and fast fashion. These wardrobe staples are not trend-driven and are often your wardrobe VIPs. They needn’t be designer pieces with an astronomical price tag, but they are of higher quality, so they will have longevity in your wardrobe. They’re often classics that never go out of style, like the cashmere sweater you reach for year after year and that perfect blazer that pulls any look together. It can even be the perfect pair of denim jeans that you always feel amazing wearing. The key is that they have a timelessness in your wardrobe. If your personal style leans toward boho, your investment pieces will match that aesthetic.
2-Quality Over Quantity
When it comes to building an investment wardrobe, the adage “less is more” couldn’t be truer. As with a capsule wardrobe, you want to focus on quality, not quantity. Look for garments and accessories made from high-grade materials that will stand the test of time. The seams should be straight and stitched with small stitches. Patterns should line up, and there should be no hanging threads. Boots should be water-resistant if you live in a rainy climate, and the craftsmanship should be obvious. Buttons should be securely fastened and zippers smooth.
3-Essential Investment Pieces Every Woman Should Own
Every stylish woman has her go-to investment pieces. A great cashmere sweater, my classic Cartier watch, a quality handbag, my Louis Vuitton wallet, and a pair of well-fitting jeans are non-negotiables for me. Your style and lifestyle may need a wool coat, a classic pump, or a floral blouse. The point is that these are the pieces you reach for year after year, so they are worth spending a bit more for. I find quality accessories are always a wise investment that adds a touch of elegance to your outfit.
4- Where to Shop for Investment Pieces
Online shopping can be a treasure trove if you know where to look (and make sure they have a good return policy!). Don’t overlook the value of resale when building your investment wardrobe. When considering resale, make sure to choose platforms or stores that have a reputation for curating quality items and providing fair authentication and pricing. I’ve found some wonderful treasures at Fashionphile and The RealReal. Thrift and consignment stores can also be goldmines for high-quality, lightly used pieces at a fraction of their original cost.
5- The Importance of Personal Style
While investment pieces are meant to be timeless and versatile, it’s important to consider your own personal style when building your wardrobe. Whether you have a love for minimalism, bohemian vibes, or sophisticated elegance, your investment pieces should embody your personal style and make you feel confident and comfortable.
6-Budgeting for Quality
Plan your purchases, set a budget, and be patient. Wait for sales or save up for that special item. Remember, the cost-per-wear of a high-quality piece often turns out lower than a cheap, quickly discarded item. Investing in one piece at a time allows you time to get just what you need rather than settling for less.
7- Sustainable Fashion and Ethical Considerations
In today’s world, it’s essential to consider the environmental and ethical implications of our fashion choices. When investing in pieces for your wardrobe, prioritize brands and retailers that adhere to sustainable practices, use ethically sourced materials, and promote fair wages and working conditions. Opting for quality over quantity and choosing pieces that have a lower impact on the planet helps create a more sustainable and conscious fashion industry. More and more, I am looking to invest in pieces from brands that are Certified B Corporations which means they’re leaders in the global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy.
8-Caring for Your Investment Wardrobe
Taking care of your investment pieces ensures they last. Follow care labels meticulously, invest in good quality hangers, and store items properly. I swear by these clear plastic bags to protect my blazers and cashmere sweaters from moths. Consider professional cleaning for particularly delicate or high-end pieces. This attention to maintenance not only preserves your garments but also your investment in them.
Investing in high-quality items may initially seem more expensive, but in the long run, it’s more cost-effective because these pieces are durable and can be worn repeatedly which decreases their cost per wear.
I like to think that building an investment wardrobe is like curating an art collection. It takes time, a discerning eye, and an appreciation for quality. Start with one piece and build from there.
What investment pieces do you have in your wardrobe?