I’ve always been an advocate for investment dressing. Sure, I’ll happily add a fun trendy item that’s inexpensive, but the backbone of my wardrobe are items I’ve invested in for the long haul. Does investment dressing sound expensive to you? It needn’t be.
Welcome to Hit Your Style Sweet Spot, my weekly collaboration with Pam from Over 50 Feeling 40. You’ve hit your Style Sweet Spot when your appearance is sending the message you intend, and you feel confident that you look your best. This week we’re sharing our thoughts on investment dressing.
An investment purchase is an item that you know will serve you long term. It goes with most/many items in your wardrobe and wearing it makes you feel confident and fabulous.
Investment dressing means you factor in the number of times you use an item to determine exactly how much you’ve paid for it.
Let’s say you buy a pair of sparkly party shoes for $69 and wear them 20 times. Those shoes cost you $3.45 per wearing. Now consider the super comfortable, high-quality black shoes you pay $200 for and wear 1-2 times a week for 5 years. Those shoes cost you $0.77 – $0.38 per wear. The black shoes are an investment that paid off in longevity and cost per wear.
Quality handbags, shoes, coats, cashmere and accessories are smart places to invest for your wardrobe. My feet are of particular concern for me so over the years I have invested in very comfortable, quality shoes and boots that I’ve worn over and over.
Every woman’s budget differs and you must base your purchases on your own financial situation. My budget has changed since my husband retired but I still examine the cost per wear for an item to determine if it’s a smart buy or not.
Now let’s go see Pam’s tips for investment dressing.
SOME ITEMS TO INVEST IN
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