In my 20s I definitely picked quantity over quality. The more I had, the better, I thought. However, in my 30s I’ve really tried to adopt the less is more mentality and get fewer pieces that exude more quality and are multi tasking.
The key, get pieces that are better made and they will last for longer.
Also, if the pieces are neutral, chances are they will go with everything.
Cost per wear is a real thing. Meaning, you can really get your money’s worth if you wear the same thing many times and then not feel guilty on splurging on an item. Basically meaning you would “invest” in that item.
Cost per wear is a real thing.
If you are trying to build your wardrobe with items that will truly last, then sometimes one needs to invest in them. The truth is, everything I am wearing in this post, I have had for at least over 3 years now, meaning, these items have been repeatedly worn for years and I still enjoy them.
An investment fashion piece is no different from an actual financial investment. One puts in money initially to acquire them, but then reap continued enjoyment of that item in your wardrobe.
Having said that, an investment piece, does not always have to be an expensive designer item. There are several items in my wardrobe that are highstreet items, like the silk Pyjama Shirt I’m wearing from Zara. I’ve had it for years and had so much wear out of it! An investment piece can also be a classic design that not just something trendy. If it something that outlives a fashion season, it can well be considered to be an investment piece as well.
If you are unsure about what to get, here are 5 investment pieces that are classic in style and will truly be a staple in your wardrobe and you could enjoy for years to come.
A good leather belt will last for many years. Depending on your personal style, it can be an understated or a statement one like the Gucci belt. I got the belt a few years ago when the GG belt style was really in trend. However, in my opinion it is classic enough that I can enjoy it for years in my wardrobe.
When it comes to accessories like belts and bags and shoes even, I adopted the leather only strategy a few years ago. This was a personal choice, it may or may not work with everyone. To me, a good leather item lasts for many years. I would rather own one good leather bag than five fast fashion PU made bags.
A black tote does just the trick in my opinion. Its chic and can serve many uses at the same time. It can be a work bag , travel bag , workout bag, depending on the style and what you carry to the gym and even a diaper bag if you have kids.
3. Black Jeans
There is nothing as versatile as a pair of black jeans.While blue jeans should be are the staple in your casual wardrobe, a black pair can be styled to be casual or formal.
Most work places today (also depending on your profession) allow for a smart casual wardrobe. So one can easily get away with black jeans at work if it is paired with a smart shirt or blouse, a blazer and some smart heels.
Having lived in Dubai, I have the luxury of enjoying wearing a loafer all year round. However, even if you don’t live in place like Dubai, a good pair of loafers are extremely versatile.
They are flat, so usually extremely comfortable and can be styled with various outfits. Over the years, I have worn my Michael Kors loafers (similar linked below) at work as well as running errands or simply going to the cinema.
Investing in a good pair can go a long way.
5. A Silk Shirt
There is something about a simple silk shirt that dresses up an outfit instantly. The shirt I’m wearing is actually a satin pyjama shirt I got from Zara a few years ago. This shirt is relaxed enough to wear to drinks with friends yet under a blazer can be smart enough for work.
If you have been reading this blog for you while, you know my love for anything pyjama-esque. I’ve even styled a head to toe Pyjama outfit in public. Once again, this is a style of shirt I’d definitely invest in time and time again.
What are your favourite investment pieces, I’d love to hear.