how I shop for investment pieces

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how I shop for investment pieces

Building that perfect wardrobe doesn’t happen overnight. Curating a closet that speaks your personality and that will transcend trends and years will take time and frankly money. It’s a balancing act between priorities, your monthly clothing budget and fashion trends. In my twenties I was buying in for most of the trends with little filter which led to an overflowing closet of “nothing to wear”. In my thirties I’ve been more concerned about maintaining a lean closet and choose pieces carefully. As soon as I notice that an item is not on regular rotation, I either gift it, donate it or sell it.

So, how do you actually get to that closet of timeless and quality pieces?

ditch the trends

Ask yourself: “Can I think of at least three different outfits to pair this piece with?” If the answer is yes, then you’ll know that garment or accessory won’t be a one hit wonder. Also, think about whether it’s realistic to wear that piece five years from now?

Versatility is key. If you can wear that top year round with several different looks, the cost per wear will be much lower making the investment more rewarding.

take your time

Ever needed a perfect white silk blouse for an upcoming interview, but you couldn’t find the right one? Finally you gave up and compromised? It happened to me one too many times. I put myself under pressure and ended up with items I did not like. I think it’s essential that you give yourself enough time to shop around to find great quality and of course a great deal! Buying an investment piece doesn’t mean you have to pay a small fortune.

less is more

When shopping for investment pieces, quality over quantity is key. I’ve found over the years that it is smarter (and cheaper) investing in a black handbag once rather than buying two or three “semi-expensive” ones. You get so much more value for your money.

prepare for upkeep

Silk and cashmere will need special care. You have to pay attention how to store, launder and dry them the right way to get as much wear out of them as possible. I ruined a cashmere pullover many years ago. I decided to wash it and the thing that came out of the washer might have fit my five year old self.

Investing in leather shoes will pay off big time! I have leather shoes from 15 years ago that are still in great shape. When I buy leather shoes I always take them to my shoemaker first and have him add a protecting sole. It gives your shoes so many more years.

outfit details

jacket – banana republic
top – chicwish c/o
skirt – the limited
pumps – nine west
handbag – the limited

Photos by Rick Robillard

  • Rachelle

    Love this look, so chic and classic.


  • Tara | The Mix

    Great tips! You look so chic!

  • Whitney

    I agree, trends get dated fast. Great tips, as always!


    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  • Amy Ann Arnold

    Good tips! I have been debating on making an investment lately, so this is timely.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Lisa @ Daily Style Finds

    I agree about investing in quality pieces – and leather shoes will last with care.

    Daily Style Finds

  • Gold Coast Girl

    Such great tips and cute outfit!

  • Victoria Fox

    Seriously what awesome tips! Always a fan of your wonderful posts! Happy Monday!

  • She Said He Said – Fashion

    Such great tips! I love how effortless you look but so stylish!

    XO Chelsea

  • racheldinh

    Quality over quantity wins every time! Great tips, have a great week.

  • Darcy

    Great post! There are some things that are just worth the money!

  • Maggie

    Love this post!! These are all great points.

  • Yukova

    Such a smart look!

  • Ashley White

    Great tips, lady! Investment pieces are so good to add in here and there. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Chow Down USA

    These are great tips! Investment pieces are so important, it’s key to know when and how to buy them!

    Chow Down USA


    Great tips and post! Love investing in great pieces.

    We Shop in Heels

  • Lyddiegal

    Thanks for sharing your tips! While part of me would love to have a closet with actual ‘swish room’ I always find myself falling for something new, and have trouble parting with old things.

    Chic on the Cheap

  • Blaire Bingham

    Great tips, especially the care of special fabrics! I can’t tell you how many wool and cashmere sweaters I have ruined in the wash!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • Emma Peach

    I agree with you totally on not comprising when shopping for an investment piece. I’ve learned the hard way that buying something that’s not quite right means I won’t enjoy wearing it and end up buying another one anyway. Of the many pairs of shoes I own I find I regularly wear some black court shoes my mum bought in 1986! They are timeless and go with so many outfits.

    Emma xxx