Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tips File: Pieces worth investing in



We've all read about the closet staples every single woman should have, more specifically, the pieces that are worth investing in. After coming back from the island where I only wore shorts and the occasional skirt, I took a close look at my whole closet (my island closet and the one that was in storage), and I identified the gaps. I made good mental notes of things I really need, all according to my lifestyle. Yes, there are wardrobe staples that every woman should have, but this doesn't mean that because they are wardrobe staples you have to invest in all of them. In my opinion, your lifestyle plays an important role when deciding whether or not you should invest in a particular piece for your closet.

For example, I live in flats and because I currently work from home, and I have a pretty simple lifestyle, there's no reason why I should invest in a good pencil skirt, or in a pair of nude pumps. Yes these two are closet staples but why should I spend a lot of money on an item I'll only wear a handful of times? While I agree that nude pumps are incredibly versatile, I see no reason why I should spend $300 on a pair of shoes that I'll wear 4 times in a year. I rather go with a more affordable version, otherwise I'll have this expensive item in my closet, that will rarely get some use.

There's something called cost per wear, and the lower it is the better. Meaning that when you wear an item over and over and over, the cost per wear keeps getting lower and lower, which only means that you have made a great decision on getting that item because you have given it a great amount of wearability. How do you feel when you spend $300 on a pair of shoes that sit on your closet and rarely gets used? Now compare it to how you feel when you spend $200 on a pair of jeans you use 4 times a week? See what I mean? ;)

There's also another factor you should consider. After identifying those key pieces you wear on a daily basis, and after recognizing the gaps in a particular category, let's say flats, first you should fill your closet with the classics and staples and then allow yourself to have fun with prints and patterns. For example, I know I live in flats, and at this moment I'm obsessed with loafers with tassels, so instead of getting a pair of patterned or bold colored loafers, I'm looking for a great pair of brown, nude, or black loafers and only after I get those I'll look around to branch out.

So, in my opinnion, I think you shoud invest in quality staple pieces that are part of your lifestyle. Next time you're thinking on investing in a piece of clothing or an accessory, ask yourself how many times will you wear that, and make your decision based on that, not because it's on the "it list of items to invest in" ;)

According to my lifestyle and what I regularly use, these are the investments that make sense to me:


Current/Elliot The Skinny Jean / Charles Phillip Sheila Peacock Flats / Sorel Conquest Carly Boots / Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Top / Tory Burch Robinson Satchel
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