The post was about 'Investment' dressing, which arguably doesn't really exist. I mean whoever heard of clothes increasing their value over time?
Perhaps a very special, one-off piece worn by a Very Famous Person (Lady Diana or the like) might go up in value, but the normal stuff worn by us normal folk is unlikely to increase its value, so the work 'investment' is a total misnomer.
However, clothes as a personal, non-monetary but self-satisfying form of investment are certainly possible, in my opinion.
The conversation over at Wendy's was very interesting, with lots of incredibly smart and insightful advice from many stylish women. I highly recommend you nip over and read it here.
Anyway, Wendy's post got me thinking about some of my so-called 'investment' purchases and whether they've served me well or not.
I've spent a lot of money on clothes in my life. In my teens and 20s I worked at Harvey Nichols in London to earn extra $$ as a student. Most of the money went on clothes (and travel) - It was hard to resist the call of the Sloane St boutiques and the generous staff discount at Harvey Nics.
Once I graduated, I moved to France, then Russia, then Japan, and had a very well-paying job that meant a lot more expensive clothes.... Yamamoto and Comme Des Garcons etc. This was the early to mid 90s and black, drapey grunge was my friend!
Then a stint in Italy (cue Prada and Miu Miu, lots of Helmut Lang, not to mention an obsession with Dries Van Noten)
I think you get the idea.
A lot of my old 'investment' purchases from those heady days of a high disposable income are safely stored in boxes and occasionally get an outing. Most of them are being kept for my daughter, in case she has an urge to wear a petrol blue jumpsuit by Katherine Hamnett from 1987 or a very grungy, deconstructed Comme des Garcons sweater from 1993.
I'm not sure if this means that they were a good investment or not, but I've certainly banked a lot of memories in them!!
My current situation means a much lower disposable income. Kids, a mortgage and a lower-paying job means that the days of splurging with gay abandon are over. (Hmmm. I think my partner might disagree with me there.)
So, this week's outfit pics showcase some of my more recent 'investment' clothes, along with much cheaper additions that probably won't make it into my daughter's storage box. I'm a great believer in wearing my 'posh' clothes as much as possible. There's no point in saving them for best as I rarely go anywhere fancy. Hence I'm one of the most overdressed people on campus.
This leather jacket was very $$$ when I bought it in 2007/2008, but it's been worn to death. So much so that the lining will need replacing soon as it's ripped in the underarms. I shall get it replaced as I hope to continue wearing it for another couple of years at least.
The dress was also a bit of a splurge. APC is a French mid-range brand, but their prices are high for my budget these days. I bought this in 2009 after visiting the shop it was in 3 weeks in a row to try it on! it's a beautiful wool paisley pinafore and I still love it, so this too gets the seal of approval.
The wool knit under it was a cheapy chain store buy. It's already got holes so won't last beyond this year. Fail.
The bag is from 2010. I don't buy bags very often. It will be used for another year or 3. Tick!
The scarf is a cheap, viscose thing that has pilled a lot, but I like the size and colour, so it will be sticking around for a while. Tick!
I have 5 J Crew enamel bangles in different colours. I love them, but not sure how many years they'll get worn....
This outfit features the leather jacket from above.
The v-neck is a cheap-ish knit from Country Road - a sort of cheap, but-not-really chain store in Australia. It's a merino/silk blend, and so far I'm very pleased with it. no pilling, washes well and seems to have kept its shape thus far. It may well be kept for some years, in which case it will be a total winner.
The skirt is a total splurge Paul Smith Black Label tweed skirt that was bought for me as a gift by a very generous relative (he also bought me the Prada coat below).
It's totally amazing, lined in silk (Dani would be happy!), with fabulous, arse-enhancing tailoring that you can't really see due to my crappy iphone pics. Sorry.
This skirt is 3 years old and it gets a lot of wear. I really, really love it, and imagine I'll be wearing it for a good many years to come.... or perhaps I'm delusional and it will date.
The Fendi shoes are being worn as well. They pass the test as they were a BARGAIN! See this post for their story.
Finally, the biggest splurge item in the last 3 years, my Prada coat from Winter 2011. This was a gift from a very 'price insensitive' relative. I'm such a goose that it makes me smile whenever I wear it.
It's black wool, single-breasted with big silver buttons (as you can see, sort of).
When I wear it, it has the magical effect of making all the other items I'm wearing suddenly look much, much better. I also get stopped by people commenting on it. It is a bit theatrical, I guess.I have no idea if this will be worn in 5 or 10 year's time, but I'm trying to wear it as much as possible now!
Do you have 'investment' pieces in your wardrobe? If so, do they get worn, or saved for best?