When it comes to investment items, I have a very thorough thought process I go through before I’m willing to spend money on something. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve absolutely purchased an investment pieces in the past without going through this process. But I find that I’m much more likely to regret my decision when I don’t take the time to thoroughly think the purchase through. Here’s a look at the process I follow when buying an investment item.
What’s Considered An Investment Item?
This is obviously subjective. For me, I consider an investment item something outside of my standard budget. I have a ballpark of how much I’m willing to spend on sneakers, handbags, etc. If an item falls outside of that range, it’s an investment. Before I was in this line of work, I preferred quality over quantity — ie, purchasing fewer items but finding different ways to style. Now that my job is basically to provide inspiration and shoppable links, it’s harder for me to buy an item and use it for years and years. Old links aren’t usually shoppable, unfortunately.
My Thought Process When Buying Investment Items
Notice gaps in my closet
I recently came across a perfect example of this. I wear a lot of athleisure and casual looks and realized I was missing a dark-colored sneaker that wasn’t athletic. For the next 6 months, any time I was putting together outfits, I had this thought in the back of my mind. I knew with every looks I put together, a neutral darker colored sneaker would complete the look. I’d had my eye on a pair of brown Golden Goose suede sneakers, so after I recognized the gap in my closet, I knew this would be a good solution. I’ve already worn them several times, and they work with what I’ve already got.
Try before you buy
If you’re considering an investment piece that you saw on someone else and loved, I highly recommend buying a less expensive version so you can see how often you wear it. For example, a few years ago, my sister had these brown Gucci loafers that I was dying to buy for myself. So, before I bought them, I got the Sam Edelman version and actually loved them I literally wore them for 3 years before I ended up investing in the Gucci version because I knew I’d wear them.
On the other hand, I’ve also wanted a pair of red Manolo heels, so I ordered an Amazon version. I’ve only worn them once, so I wont be buying the investment version because they just don’t fit my lifestyle. Honestly, I’ve found that sometimes the less expensive version will scratch the itch.
Don’t impulse buy
Learn from what I say, not what I do. ;) Otherwise, you’ll end up like me with the Celine Nano Belt Bag. I bought this on a whim a few years ago when it was everywhere. I mean, it’s such a beautiful bag. But after I got it, I realized it totally overtakes my frame, and the color just doesn’t work with my wardrobe. What I wish I would’ve done instead? Add it to a wishlist, wait, and see how often you think about it (or how often you’d actually wear it) before you buy it.
What Are Some of My Favorite Investment Items?
This is one of my most used bags ever. Despite its petite size, it actually fits quite a bit. Plus, I love the classic style. And of course, as a mom, any crossbody bag that frees up my hands is a huge plus. Even though it was “trendy” for a while, this bag will be in style for years to come.
Say what you will about these sneakers, but they’re so comfortable — you don’t even have to break them in. I also love the look of them and the fact that they pair with so many different looks. When I was pregnant, these sneakers were a lifesaver!
I’ve talked about my love of the Dyson on here before, but this is one of the best investments I’ve made. I use it pretty much daily to style my hair. The multi-styler is great too because you can use it whether you’re wanting curls or just fresh blown out look.
SO CLASSIC. I still reach for these boots regularly during the fall and winter. They can be worn with boots, skirts, leggings, and dresses. Plus, the quality is just *chef’s kiss.* Read my full review of these boots in this blog post.
I totally understand how much of an investment this bag is, but if you’re looking for the ultimate investment piece, it’s got to be Chanel bag. And there’s nothing more timeless than the quilted jumbo bag. It can instantly elevate any look.
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