How To Shop Investment Pieces The Smart Way

What to swipe your card for as we enter the new fashion season

“Investment piece” is a term that’s often thrown around in fashion, but what really constitutes an investment piece?

As its name suggests, a great investment piece is an article of clothing or an accessory that you can either wear for a long time (so that the return to that investment would be wardrobe mileage), or have a high resale value. 

Now, as we’re welcoming the Fall/Winter 2016, here’s a guide to navigating your way through the flurry of trends, and the pieces that will go a long way both for your wardrobe and your pocket.

The classics

Why: High resale value

Burberry trench coat

Classics from established fashion houses like the Chanel 2.55 bag, the Burberry trench coat and Christian Louboutins will never go out of style or popularity. Therefore, they mostly retain or increase in value even after many years, making them ideal for serious shoppers who want to profit from their purchase.

Two amazing pairs of shoes

Why: Style mileage

Chanel two-tone slingbacks

Shoes, whether they’re designer or not, typically drop in value due to the wear-and-tear we put them through. So look for a pair of flats and a pair of heels that are comfortable, chic and will match anything in your wardrobe. A perfect from past seasons are the Chanel slingbacks, which are classic in shape yet sport an elegant and modern two-toned design.

A tailored LBD

Why: Style mileage

Miu Miu pleated cady mini dress

If there’s one thing every girl needs in her wardrobe, it’s the little black dress. Invest in a piece that fits you perfectly in order and you’ll literally be able to wear it everywhere. Think a LBD is a little too predictable or boring? Get something with an interesting design element — like a lace panel or ruffles — that reflects your personality.

Limited edition or seasonal designs

Why: High resale value

Fendi mini Karlito bag charm

Seasonal pieces with a high following or limited edition production, like Fendi’s Karlito charm or Dior’s Tribal earrings, can usually be sold at a price that’s the same as or higher than its retail price. But don’t wait too long to sell these. Once you’re done with it, and preferably within the season it was launched, sell it for the most value back. Unless you want to keep it, of course. 

An elegant watch

Why: High resale value and style mileage

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34

We know, we know — who even checks the time on their watch anymore? If not for its timekeeping qualities, a sophisticated watch serves as the perfect accent piece for any outfit. For a piece that will retain or increase in value, get a classic from heritage brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe.

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