|Probably the best $125 I’ve ever spent…|
“Investment dressing” is one of those phrases that’s currently on everyone’s lips, yet as with any investment there is a degree of risk that the return may not meet expectations. We can make a best guess but often only time will determine the blue chips in our wardrobe portfolio.
Investment pieces might be those with a low Cost Per Wear due to classic design and durability, or they might be pieces that, while not worn as often, always seem to save the day and are the answer to the Nothing To Wear conundrum.
But in looking back over what I now consider my investment pieces, some common themes emerge.
Quality. While they may not be “designer” pieces (though one or two are, accessories mostly) they are well-made and durable. Fabrics are substantial and details like seams and buttons are well sewn.
Simplicity. Almost all are simple in design, with few details that place them in a particular season or trend. Classic styling.
Compatibility. They suit our climate, they suit my style, and are easy to coordinate with other items in my wardrobe. These are not the pieces that require purchase of something else to make them work with what I already own!
Fit. Should go without saying, but they are comfortable, they fit and flatter.
Some of my other wardrobe investment pieces include: silk jersey tees and tanks from Eileen Fisher, black Stuart Weitzman ankle boots (now in their 6th year), Arche knee boots purchased in Paris, black booties also purchased in Paris, 7 For All Mankind dark wash boot cut jeans, my Eileen Fisher stretch pencil skirt, a wonderful lightweight taupe silk/cashmere scarf from J.Crew from a couple of years ago, my black Chanel “Executive” tote (bought four years ago as a briefcase alternative, carry it most work days).
How do you define your wardrobe “investment pieces?” How well is your portfolio performing?
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