Investment dressing: 6 things you might want to spend more on
It’s no big secret that I’m a big fan of the budget clothing buy. There is a definite thrill in paying less for something that looks like it costs more.
In my late 30s, when I started to get more serious about what’s in my wardrobe, I also started to complement those budget pieces with stuff that cost a bit more. It’s what the fashion mag editors call high-low dressing. And they’ve been doing it for years.
They’ll throw on a $10 tee from Supre with a $500 jacket from sass & bide. Yep, that’s high-low. A $5 Diva cocktail ring from Diva worn with a pair of Mui Mui heels? Yep, high-low too.
The only problem in this high-low stuff is what people’s definition of high and low might be.
We’re all probably on similar playing fields at the “low” end of the equation. It’s just when it comes to the “high”, your level of high might be a whole stratosphere above mine. And my “high” might be so NOT what you’d ever contemplate spending on one garment.
And that’s ok. Knowing your fashion budget limit is a GOOD thing.
What I’ve learned is that limit can change but the FOCUS of your “high” clothing spending need not.
There are certain key wardrobe items that make perfect sense that you spend more on them. Whatever your “more” level is, these are the things on which you should spend the most of your clothing budget. These are your wardrobe work horses.
They’re the garments and accessories that stand the test of time. The investment pieces. They will be your wardrobe friends for a very long time, if not forever.
What qualifies as an investment, you ask?
Well, that’s up to your individual circumstances. If the maximum you’d ever spend on one piece of clothing is $80, make sure you’re spending that $80 on one of these work horses, not a fickle fashion piece that one year on you’ll wonder why you even brought it home with you. If it’s $380, then the same applies.
Here are the 6 fashion items that deserve a bigger slice of your clothing budget pie:
1. A black jacket
2. Stone coloured trench
3. White tailored shirt
4. Grey marle Cashmere knit
5. Little black dress
6. Classic black heels
Now, I get that your lifestyle may not call for one or more of these items at the moment but they are worth keeping in the back of your mind when you are re-examining the basics in your wardrobe. Add in a pair of budget jeans and ballet flats and you have a magic capsule wardrobe that will mean you’ve always got something to wear.
OR … and this is what I really like to see. Take one or two of these investment pieces and take a classic look to individual with statement accessories and a style that you call your own.
Do you buy any investment pieces? What things do you most spend money on in your wardrobe?