We’ve been taught to always choose quality over quantity when making important life decisions. When it comes to our wardrobe, we don’t always have the freedom to ignore the price tag and just go for it. It’s especially difficult to splurge on investment pieces when you can buy 5 shirts and a pair of jeans for the same price as a designer label skirt. But I believe the key to a really great wardrobe is knowing what items to splurge on and when you should save. You probably don’t need to spend a ton of money on a white tee, but a good pair of jeans will always be worth the extra money. For some items in your closet, it’s always best to invest in a few pieces that you love and will last a lifetime. Over the years I’ve mastered the list of which pieces to invest in and why. Today, I’m sharing my 5 investment pieces worth the splurge.
Every grown woman should have a really nice watch. A beautiful watch can blur the line between a statement piece and a functional accessory. The best part is its versatility. You can wear one to look extra professional for a work presentation or dress up your wrist for drinks with your girlfriends. Not to mention they’re functional and can keep from running late. If you want to start with something simple, a silver or rose gold watch is the way to go. The great thing about watches is there is a style, color, and shape for everyone. Instead of sacrificing your personal style, you can polish off your outfit with an accessory that represents you best!
2. Quality Bag
It’s no surprise that it’s hard to hide quality when it comes to bags. When you use the same bag every day, it’s not difficult to justify getting a high-quality one. The perfect bag can fit all of your everyday essentials, is comfortable, and well constructed. Not only will you have a bag you love, but you’ll also get to hold on to it for much longer! Make sure you focus on high-quality hardware and materials. A great investment bag will upgrade your style while also complementing your wardrobe day and night.
3. Leather Jacket
Leather jackets and bags fall under the same category – quality is key! A good leather jacket will last you for decades and will always be worth the investment. Leather jackets are a great addition to any wardrobe because of their versatility. You can style them up or down and wear them year-round. When you’re shopping for your next leather jacket, pay close attention to the leather, zippers, and other hardware. Just like a great bag, a leather jacket is an effortless way to add a little edge or elegance to any outfit.
Shoes are often an after-thought when assembling an outfit. But I’m a firm believer in the power of beautiful shoes. A great pair of pumps is a perfect way to make you feel put together, even if you’re wearing jeans and a sweater. Plus, expensive shoes usually are easier on your feet and last a lot longer. When you’re buying your next pair of pumps, make sure you buy something with minimum hardware and in a neutral color. Keeping it simple always looks more expensive and allows you to wear them more often!
Similar to your bag, jeans are something you wear all the time. Buying higher-quality jeans will not only last you longer but fit you so much better than the pair you got for $20. Believe it or not, finding the right fit is not a simple process. For the longest time, I couldn’t find a pair of jeans that fit just right. They would fit great in my hips but would be too wide for my calves and I always had to get alterations. So, when I finally bought my first pair of expensive jeans, I hated myself for not doing it sooner! Not only will a fabulous pair of jeans fit you perfectly, but they’ll also be so much more comfortable to wear whether you’re relaxing at home or having a girl’s night out.
Knowing which investment pieces are worth the price tag will give you a great head start on building your dream wardrobe. Your first big purchase may seem a little scary, but doing some research first will make the process so much easier. Not only will these investment pieces pay off in the long run, but you’ll also be able to refresh your wardrobe, one piece at a time.
Looking for inspiration to build your dream closet? Check out my post, 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Needs. Don’t forget to check out my e-books to get all the deets on my capsule wardrobe philosophy!
Check out Beth’s ebook “How to Curate and Cultivate Your Dream Wardrobe” to learn more about building your perfect closet. Her 168 YEAR-ROUND OUTFITS EBOOK will show you how to start a basic wardrobe with essential classic pieces to make year-round outfits.
Written by Gabby Rangel with excerpts written by Gabriela Hirschler for Chic Galleria Publications, LLC.