Some of you may have heard from a fashion stylist, wardrobe stylist or consultant that you should have investment pieces in your closet. And when you have heard that, you may have flinched at the thought of purchasing clothing at higher costs than you would normally spend.
Now I want to tell you my thoughts on Investment Pieces of clothing…
Investment Pieces of clothing should NEVER be bought at a price you cannot afford…In other words, do not go into debt, do not use your car payment or mortgage money to purchase any of these items.
Do I believe you should have investment pieces in your wardrobe? Yes I do but within reasonable budget. For example, I have a trench coat I purchased for $50 and I had it for over 5 years, that’s approximately $10 a year. Being that I live in Myrtle Beach, SC we don’t have long, cold winters so that was worth the money. But if I lived in New York, I would purchase a much better quality coat because the winters there are longer and colder. Again I would purchase according to my spending budget.
An investment piece of clothing should be an item that will last years.
Investment pieces vary from person to person, as I gave you my story of my trench coat for $50.00, another may purchase a coat for $250 because their budget and lifestyle fit the cost. So it’s important to be wise in your spending, no matter what you are purchasing.
Here are a few tips to purchasing investment pieces:
Make a shopping plan of what items you need
Create a budget plan
Create a shopping list based on your shopping plan and budget
Stay focused while shopping, making sure to only purchase what is on your list
Shop off-season (i.e. shop for fall/winter items in the spring/summer and spring/summer items in fall/winter) – this is when you will find great prices
Try online shopping – quality products at reasonable prices (FYI: make sure you know your measurements)
Make sure to read the Care Instructions on each item before purchasing – you want to make sure that you are able to care for the items as directed by the label. For example, if it says Dry Clean, make sure that you are able to afford that expense compared to the cost of the item…Is it worth it?
So what exactly are some Investment Pieces worth purchasing??
Little Black Dress
The Trench Coat