I was at a friend's house recently and saw that she had very few clothes in her closet. I asked her where all of her clothes were, and she said this is all of them. I was shocked because she had so much room between her hangers that she was able to easily move her clothes around.
She told me that a lot of her clothes come from Old Navy and places like that, and they usually end up shrinking or getting messed up in the washing machine, so she ends up having to get rid of them after a few wears. She then pointed out that the clothes she has in her closet (and never has to get rid of) are clothes that she has spent a little more on and bought from department stores.
That got me to thinking about my closet. Each season, I pick out a couple investment pieces knowing that they will be pieces I have in my closet forever. This season, the 2 investment pieces I have bought so far are the dress I'm sharing today and this cardigan. Of course, I don't fill my closet with items at an investment price point alone. I mix in a lot of Old Navy and sale pieces I come across as the season goes on. However, I always look forward to the few investment pieces I add to my collection each season. (And I'm not talking about crazy expensive investment pieces here. I'm simply talking about clothing that costs a little more than I'm comfortable spending all the time.)
How to get a closet full of pieces you love:
1. Don't go crazy and spend a million dollars all at once.
2. Do your research and order a few investment pieces (that you truly LOVE) each season. You can justify the price by knowing that these items with higher price points will be in your closet for a very long time. The cost per wear of these items will end up looking a lot better than the cheap pieces that you have to throw out after a couple wears. I'm always good at justifying purchases. If you ever need anyone to help you out, you know where you can find me. :)
3. Mix in a few inexpensive items. Know that these items may not last you longer than a season or 2, but they will be nice to have in your closet for the time being. It can be fun to try out a new trend with these inexpensive items. For example, if you're not so sure you love statement sleeves, don't buy an investment piece with statement sleeves. Find an inexpensive option, and then if you love it, you will know that you will get your money's worth out of a more expensive, longer lasting one. And then by this point, hopefully it'll be on sale! Or, if you hate it, you will not have wasted too much of your money on it.
4. At the end of the season, when the investment pieces you've been eyeing go on sale, buy a few more at the sale price!
By doing this, you can start building up your collection of long-lasting clothing that you actually like. And you will be so thankful when a wedding or shower pops up, and you have a cute dress in your closet you can wear. Nothing is worse than having to hit the mall last minute to find out there is nothing you like in stores.
When I saw this dress I'm sharing today, I knew it was an investment piece I needed immediately. There are just so many fabulous details. From the print, to the statement sleeves, to the style, to the detailing on the neckline, I love it all. I styled it in a dressier way in these photos. However, I'm also excited to wear it with tights and booties this fall! I know it will be in my closet forever!
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What do you think about investment pieces? Have you gotten any lately? Or do you have any in your closet that stand out to you? Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!