Now that you’ve cleared out all the excess in your closet, chosen your color palette, and thought a bit about how to remix and layer various pieces with others, I thought I would discuss a bit about one of my very favorite ways to keep my wardrobe manageable, simple, affordable and on trend: classic investment pieces.
For me, it’s important to stick to primarily classic pieces to avoid having a closet full of trendy or outdated items or things that don’t go together. I tend to spend a bit more on classics pieces because I get more wear out of them and they last longer. Alternatively, I pay less for trendy items that might fill out the final corners of my closet but will be out of favor after just a season or two.
My investment pieces consist of items like a black blazer and black skirt, a nice black or brown pair of slacks, and a sharp and conservative jacket. In many ways, they will be the foundation pieces that comprise the basic black or brown color palette already discussed. A corporate wardrobe capsule (a word often used to describe the set of items needed to comprise a simple but complete starter wardrobe) would include the following:
Suggested classic pieces to own:
Black pencil skirt
Black pumps / heels
- 4 – 5 colored blouses (could be shells, short sleeve, or long sleeve, depending on the climate in which you live)
I also have a few investment dresses that aren’t necessarily black or brown but they still prove to be quite versatile and provide an added bit of confidence in my step when I wear them due to their high quality and perfect fit. It’s important these pieces fit you well as you likely will return to them time and time again.
When purchasing investment pieces, I ensure the pieces are made from high quality fabrics which tend to look more professional and pulled together. Some examples of these types of fabrics include silk, cashmere, and wool. I also find structured fabrics like tweed and jacquard help a piece feel polished and clean and help it maintain it’s structure over time. Below you can see my black and orange Kate Spade dress, made of silk, and my pink Tahari dress, a structured jacquard, both of which I purchased at Marshall’s (so I paid quite reasonable prices for high quality investments).
Early on, there is no need to dive in and buy a boatload of investment pieces. Starting with just the basic classic investment pieces mentioned above in either black or brown, you will have plenty in your closet with which to create a plethora of gorgeous outfits as you curate the rest of your wardrobe over time. Aside from my basic blacks, I have collected these more expensive investment pieces over several years. I don’t often seek them out but just keep my eyes aware when shopping for something that might be just right to add to my closet. Many times, I try something and it’s not perfect, so I pass it up. I truly believe that with the wealth of clothes available to us (consider ourselves lucky), I should never settle for something that isn’t just right. If I settle, I likely won’t enjoy it for long and will encounter plenty of better options down the road.