In the world of social media it feels like we are all so inundated on a daily basis with items we should buy or pieces we can’t live without. I love shopping and getting new things as much as the next person, but there were some pricier items I definitely wish I had avoided and some that were completely worth the investment. I still go through my closet and wonder why I ever spent a chunk of money on clothes that were clearly an impulse buy. Now before I buy anything expensive, particularly when it comes to my wardrobe I ask myself is this classic? Will the quality stand up for years to come?
My big splurge last year was the Gucci Brixton loafers I wear about 3x a week if not more. I had my eye on them for a long time and despite the hefty price tag I knew I would have them forever. I am the queen of buying cheap shoes that end up hurting my feet so I throw them away after about 3 months. The Gucci loafers were a lot of money to pay up front, but the quality of the shoes and the comfort far surpass any other pair I’ve owned. Here is a short list of the other items I believe in spending some money on. My mom still has a beautiful long black pea coat she got in her twenties, so this year I am on the hunt for a classic camel coat I will have for decades.
Invest Wardrobe Staples
Fitted Leather Jacket (I’ve had this for 10 years)
Versatile Dress (can be worn to events such as weddings, etc.)
Pieces I would Go Cheaper On
Pieces I definitely regret spending money on are anything trendy. I will see something on Instagram or Pinterest and totally disregard that ongoing list in my head of classic wardrobe staples I am hoping to invest in. I tell myself something will look cute in photos and I don’t think of how and if I would actually use it on a daily basis. Sweaters are also a big one for me. I live in sweaters and a lot of mine can pill easily, but I have found even incredibly nice sweaters don’t always stand up. I think investing in one gorgeous cashmere sweater is a great start and then I buy cheaper Zara sweaters that might not last more than two seasons.
Trendy Items (Zara, Mango, &other Stories are great for these pieces)
T shirts (I don’t care if its $9 or $90 – I am a human and I sweat and they never look good after multiple washes)
A coat you know you won’t have forever