W by WORTH Herringbone Suit // Manolo Blahnik Taupe Suede Pumps // Fendi Zucca Bag Old, similar here and here // Tom Ford Lipstick // Chanel Lipgloss
I’m guilty, I admit it. I over-indulge in the latest fashion trends every season. I am also a big believer in spending money on quality over quantity and investment buying has been my mantra for most of my adult life.
It’s ok to blow your budget once in a while as long as you are purchasing the right pieces. It is all about dollars per wear. If you invest in classic pieces that make you look like a million bucks, you are really spending pennies per wear because you will have them forever.
Let’s talk about investment items every woman should make.
3 FASHION INVESTMENTS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD MAKE:
1.) A DESIGNER HANDBAG
Designer handbags are the ultimate luxury accessory and INSTANTLY elevate your style, making the most casual outfit look polished.
Designer handbags are well made and very durable and will probably last a lifetime. Make sure you are storing your handbag in a dust bag to protect against the elements.
Designer handbags never go out of style. Apart from their utility purpose, designer handbags increase in value over time, so they really are a worthy investment.
I have had my Fendi bag shown in these photos for over 15 years. Fendi is making a huge comeback of late and I am so glad I kept this bag. Read about ‘How Fendi Got Its Cool Back’.
I like to buy most of my designer bags at Neiman Marcus, Nordstroms, Saks or boutiques like Gucci. But I do love a good bargain as well.
If you have never shopped the Real Real Consignment or Luxury Garage Sale, these are great online stores where you can buy new and gently used designer accessories and clothing. I also like to check out Rue La La and Gilt for designer handbags.
SHOP DESIGNER HANDBAGS:
2.) A POWER SUIT
The power suit is a timeless, classic staple that every woman should have in her closet. When you wear a power suit, you instantly feel like a boss lady.
Invest in a jacket and matching skirt or pant in high-quality fabric. Look for 100% worsted wool or a cotton twill. Natural fabrics look more expensive than blends.
The power suit looks good on EVERY body. Make sure when shopping for a suit that it is fully lined. Have yours professionally tailored for that perfect fit.
The power suit is ALL OCCASION dressing. It can be worn to a reunion, lunch, parent/teacher conference, church, dinner and of course, the office. It is super versatile in that you can split it up and wear it separately.
In my opinion, the most gorgeous and wearable suiting can be found in the W by Worth collection. The suit I have on is updated yet still classic.
SHOP POWER SUITS:
3.) SOPHISTICATED/DESIGNER SHOES
I remember the first time I heard the word ‘Manolos’. It was late 1990’s and I was in my early 30’s only dreaming of a pair. Carrie Bradshaw sure looked fabulous in hers! Fast forward to my 40’s when investment buying began to resonate.
Why invest in designer shoes?
The quality of designer shoes is undeniable.
While not every designer shoe is comfortable, I have found that most well-made shoes tend to be. This means I will wear them more and wear them longer.
As with a designer handbag, a designer shoe will instantly elevate your look. As someone who loves to mix high end with moderate price points, I can tell you that expensive shoes always take my look to the next level.
My taupe suede Manolo Blahnik (also love these less expensive Stuart Weitzman pumps) heels have been a great investment shoe. They are trans-seasonal, super comfortable and worth EVERY dime!
Style Tip: Invest in neutral colors when it comes to your designer handbags and shoes.
SHOP DESIGNER SHOES:
W by WORTH Fall 2018 Suiting:
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