As a girl on a budget, I understand the importance of mixing investment pieces with more budget- friendly options. I go into great details regarding our budget and the process to complete it every month, here. If you have no idea where to start on a monthly budget, it’s a must read. That’s the best starting point!
With a budget in mind, it’s important to balance key pieces that will last a lifetime with fun, frilly budget-friendly items to complete the look. For me, investment pieces include a great neutral bag, a simple pair of nude heels and jeans that fit properly (for me, that is strictly AG Jeans). With one of these three items at play (or all three), the rest of the outfit is easy to build around the investment piece/s. For instance, I selected two of my key pieces and paired them with a lace dress that’s under $35 above. Although investment pieces are highly dependent on personal preference, here are a few points to consider when you’re wondering if you should splurge or save:
- Longevity of the item: When selecting investment pieces, you want to always lean toward timeless pieces! Think neutral tones, sturdy materials and something you’ll love past the current season. You want to be able to use the item time and time again!
- Chances of Misplacing the item: For some, sunglasses may be a piece worth the investment. But I know myself and I misplace sunglasses weekly. Therefore, I would never buy a super expensive pair because I’d be devastated when I left THAT pair in the dressing room, on the check-out counter or on the brunch patio. Think about items you can’t seem to hang onto and opt for a dupe instead to save yourself the heartache.
- Consider functionality: I’ve wanted an Hermes H bracelet since high school but I’ve never taken the plunge to purchase one. Why? Because it’s a bracelet and although so pretty, it’s just a bracelet. When investing really consider how much you can use the item and how it will be used. That will easily guide your decision on when to splurge on vs. save.
With these points in mind, I hope you’ll be better able to determine a few pieces that your heart can’t live without. Of course, it’s important to budget and save for those items because they can only truly be enjoyed when you don’t have buyer’s remorse. Plus, mixing investment pieces with budget-friendly options is carefree because if you don’t love that $35 dress next season, who cares! The feeling is not mutual when you feel that way about a piece you invested in.
What items do you tend to invest in? I hope you have the best weekend! Thank you for stopping by today.