Style Resolution #4 – Investment Pieces

New Year’s style resolution #4 – elevate, not expand my wardrobe!

It’s hard to refrain from my shopaholic ways — a sale, a must-have sweater, another pair of black boots — every item I love somehow feels like something I need and ends up in my closet.  But since my first resolution of the year was to thin out some items, going on a spending spree wouldn’t help a bit.  On the other hand, it would be naive to think that I won’t buy anything, so some guidelines are going in place that you might find helpful also:

  1. Only buy something if you love it and can envision a number of options and events for wearing.  If you’re on the fence, put it down.
  2. Never buy something on sale that you wouldn’t pay full price for.  I actually heard Tim Gunn say something along this line once, and it really resonated with me.  If the only reason you’re buying something is because it’s on sale, that’s not a good reason.
  3. Buy for the long-term.  It’s so easy to grab up several items at Target — they’re fun, trendy and not a huge expense.  But think about the long term, cost-per-wear of the item and make it a part of your wardrobe.

So this year I’m thinking luxe fabrics and classic styles to elevate my wardrobe:

Animal print accessories... YES!

3 thoughts on “Style Resolution #4 – Investment Pieces

  1. I was just thinking about this yesterday when I was putting clothes away. The pieces aren’t long term pieces and made pretty cheaply. Hopefully, I can follow your tips and learn how to invest in pieces that won’t break my budget!


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