For a long time, the way I shopped was dictated by inexpensive and impulsive purchases. While there's a certain amount of fun in these cheap thrills, exclusively shopping this way ultimately left my wardrobe in a state of haphazardness where nothing felt cohesive. Finally, I gained enough perspective to realize that there's so much value in making more thought-out investment purchases (is this what being an adult is like?). Suffice it to say, my closet is getting more and more versatile thanks to these smart buys.
I've come to wear each of the following pieces so frequently that I think I'd actually be mad if I hadn't purchased them. From bags to sunglasses to shoes, the majority of my best fashion investment pieces aren't actually clothing items, but accessories. For me, a well-made purse that I can wear on repeat and a pair of sunglasses I'll never tire of are the ultimate investments. If you're looking for investment shopping inspiration or are just curious to see which nine items I'm highly recommending, keep reading to see how I've styled each of them and then to shop my picks.
I finally ordered a pair of the black Celine sunglasses that Phoebe Philo made famous after lusting over them from afar.
While the exact color I own is no longer available, I'm really into the translucent version of this shape.
"Old Céline" sunglasses are nearly sold out on The RealReal now, and so I'm glad I snapped mine up when I could.
A great black handbag that can go from day to night is 100% worth the investment.
The unique shape always earns me compliments.
Two pieces I wear constantly: a pair of lighter-than-light wire-frame sunglasses and a neutral slip skirt that goes with everything.
A timeless style.
Chain-strap bags are a classic style that's seemingly immune to the trend cycle.
I adore the croc effect of this one.
Vintage Levi's, especially ones that fit like a dream, are few and far between. When I came across this mid-wash pair of 501s, I immediately made them mine, and it's been one of my best purchases to date.
I found mine at a local flea market, but brands like Re/Done are also a great option for vintage denim.
This straight fit feels especially old-school.
Whether I'm heading into the office or hopping on a plane, this carryall ensures I always look put-together.
I've owned this bag for years and years.
As I've shared before, my style skews edgy, so I wouldn't normally gravitated toward a pair of ballet flats. Alas, I fell in love with the tough buckles on this Miu Miu pair.
Hurry while these are still on sale!
Croc-effect accessories exploded on the scene this fall, but the style is just as investment-worthy as it is on trend.
My first (of hopefully many) Staud bags.