I’ve made some pretty good investments in high-quality clothing over the years. I can honestly say that most of those items still look brand new even after several years, proving that investing in a classic wardrobe will save you money over time. Keep reading for tips on the how and why.
Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way. I used to spend a lot of money on clothes. In college, I tried to cut corners and buy stuff on the cheap, only to buy that “it” item later. Disposable income at it’s finest. If everyone just bought what they wanted from the start, they might end up spending less.
Keep in mind that the phrase “investment piece” doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of money. Be weary of fast fashion stores (like Forever 21, H&M). Pay a little more up front for items that will hold up and not have you rushing to buy a replacement.
So how do you get started? I would recommend making a list of the items that you want for your classic wardrobe. Items such as coats, sweaters, shoes, and bags. If you can’t afford to get everything at once, put away some money each month and save for it.
The Benefits of Investing in a Classic Wardrobe
- You will feel more content and confident in your style choices and spend less over time. This will make you more appreciative of what you have.
- Have more time and energy to do other things you love. No more endless hours browsing online retailers. No more struggling with what to wear.
- Take care of what you have. Clean things properly and spend the time and money on tailoring. Learn how to care for leather items. Pick up basic sewing skills to keep you clothes maintained. This investment will likely create a stronger attachment to the item.
Remember when you’re choosing your investment pieces to go for quality versus quantity. I’d much rather have 5 pieces I love than 20 that I don’t.
What classic wardrobe pieces are you hoping to add to your closet? Share in the comments.
Cardigan: Ann Taylor | Blouse: Ann Taylor (similar) | Denim: Ann Taylor | Bracelet: Happiness Boutique c/o | Shoes: Bare Trap (similar) | Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar) | Lip gloss: Gorgio Armani (color 400)
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