Investment Piece Checklist

Dress as Vest

While I am just as guilty of impulse-buying as the next person, I try very hard to select my investment pieces wisely. When I am thinking of dropping a bunch of cash (anything over $50) on something, I try to go through a checklist in my head while I deliberate. This dress already passed the Cut, Color, and Classic-ity test, so here I am wearing the heck out of it again, this time as a vest.

This dress is obviously a solid investment piece because of the versatility of it (it can be worn at least a million and one different ways) but other items I feel are worth shelling out for include:

1. Jeans. Nothing worse than spending a little bit on jeans that look fine in the dressing room, but then enter saggy-butt city as soon as you spend more than two hours wearing them. Expensive jeans are usually worth it, since they obviously can be worn a lot.
2. Jewelry. Again, you can wear certain pieces in multiple ways, so if you love it, why not spend a little extra on it if you know you want it to stick around a while?
3. Blazers and Jackets. In New York, this is the only thing people see you in for months, but in Texas we have to find something that works with layers underneath and also looks good with more summery pieces to extend the wear. This means it’s kind of hard to find the perfect one. So it’s worth spending more if you do.

If you’re in need of some key investment pieces, you would be wise to also invest in a personal stylist! It’s my mission to find the perfect pieces for you and to make sure each piece you buy is completely worth it, and will even show you ways to style it differently once purchased. It’s silly to waste money on things that end up sitting in your closet unworn, after all. That’s no investment!

dress as vest

dress as vest

Dress: Helmut Lang, Jeans: Madewell, Tank: F21, Earrings: Kendra Scott, Clogs: BC

dress as vest

September 21, 2011

8 Responses to Investment Piece Checklist

  1. laura says:

    This is a great post. I most totally agree with you on the price and type of “investment pieces” one should have. I am in the middle of a 6-month shopping ban and I am increasingly realizing that I need to have more quality pieces to work with. After this, I am definitely buying some nice denim and jewelry!

    ps. I love that top!

  2. Jennifer K. says:

    Another Madewell item we share – those jeans! I always try to follow the three Cs too when I’m planning to spend more than $50. And I always try everything on two or so more times at home with other items before really deciding if I need it.

  3. peach says:

    this is so what i needed to hear. after packing up my things, i realized how much cheap crap i’ve aquired over the years. i think i’ve officially matured enough to start spending more on quality items.

  4. Lyddiegal says:

    I love that you are wearing a dress as a vest! and you hair is looking especially cute today!

  5. Erin says:

    I love pieces like that! You just wear it until it wears out! Your hair is soo cute too!


    Erin @

  6. Senta says:

    Love your outfit there 😉
    And you’re so right about investing money in basic pieces you’re wearing often.

  7. Jamie Rose says:

    I love how many ways you wear that dress! I would never think of wearing it as a vest/jacket

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