I recently got a bit of flack from my S.O. when referring to a recent purchase as an investment. They laughed at the idea of clothing being an investment and asked how much I planned to get back as a return on said investment. I thought to myself, Have fashion industry folks been using the term a bit too loosely? And if so, how can we decipher a worthy investment from a frivolous splurge?
Certain pieces like outerwear, blazers, and quality bags can truly live up to the cost-per-wear breakdown. To calculate the cost-per-wear of an item, divide its cost by how many times you plan on wearing it or have worn it. (For example, a $300 pair of shoes you've worn 20 times has a cost-per-wear of $15.) Ideally, I'd like to get my cost-per-wear for an investment piece down to $1 per wear (which may be ambitious though certainly possible).
So technically speaking, are you making any money on your wardrobe? While the answer is likely no, you can use this thought process to help you decide whether or not to invest in a pricey item. If you need some investment-piece inspiration, keep scrolling to see 12 items that are worth the money.
An essential styling piece.
Available in sizes 32 DK to 44 DK.
A bag like this is sure to last you for years—perhaps even decades—to come.
A satin camisole is perfect for taking you from the office to happy hour in a flash.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Gingham is one of those patterns that will be on trend each spring and summer.
Available in sizes 34 FR to 44 FR.
Classic boots that are perfect for all occasions.
Available in sizes 4 to 12.
A wool-cashmere blend sweater will last you for years.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
This is a classic style of sunglasses you can wear year-round.
A relaxed blazer is an easy way to dress up jeans or make a sundress work-appropriate.
Available in sizes 0 to 10.
Light-wash Levi's are your answer to every off-duty outfit.
Available in sizes 24 to 32.
A jewelry-case staple.
If you live in a cold climate, this down jacket will pay for itself.
Available in sizes S to L.
These everyday black booties with a walkable block heel are must-haves.
Available in sizes 6 to 10.
Which piece are you considering investing in? (We know, it's hard to just pick one.)