Maybe it’s festival season, maybe it’s booking flight + hotels for summer travel, but lately I’ve been feeling a strong urge to break open the piggy bank! There are certain times when I’m super responsible with my money and save all of it, but I have to admit I’ve gone on a bit of a spending spree lately. For me, spending instead of saving my money majorly stresses me out, especially when it’s on something not totally necessary for living…like cute clothes. But, we all know I’m a fashion lover and don’t really support fast [ AKA super cheap ] fashion, so I know buying certain pieces will definitely be an investment. I’ve put together my tips for investing in a piece that won’t leave you with buyer’s remorse!
One of my favorite brands that’s on the “expensive” side [ expensive for me is anything over $250 or $300 ] is Christy Dawn. I’ve written a Brand Spotlight featuring Christy Dawn before, because I’m so inspired by her use of deadstock fabrics and employment of local Los Angeles artisans. I’m willing to spend a bit more on Christy’s clothes because I know that they’re high quality, handmade and one of a kind. Keep scrollin’ for more reasons to invest and tips for snagging the right high end piece.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Regardless of if you’re shopping at Forever 21 or Louis Vuitton, clothes and accessories are marked up a crazy amount from what it actually costs to make them. If you find something you love, but it has a high price tag, DO YOUR RESEARCH! How and where was it made? Handmade items and items made in the US generally cost more to make, and rightfully should be marked up. Look into the brand’s quality, production process, etc. and be sure you aren’t getting ripped off.
CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF WEARING IT AGAIN + AGAIN?
This is a biiiiiig one, you guys! Before I buy an investment piece, I go into my closet and visualize how I could style it differently to make it work for different situations, different seasons, etc. I love this Christy Dawn dress because its floral pattern is perfect for spring, but could easily transition to fall or winter when paired with a leather jacket and combat boots!
HAVE YOU SEEN SOMETHING SIMILAR?
While I’m not crazy about mass production or fast fashion, I do try to find a similar, less expensive option to any investment piece before I buy. For example, if you’re obsessing over a pair of REDONE Denim [ aren’t we all? ], try heading to a few flea markets, vintage shops and secondhand stores before breaking the bank!