Investment dressing

There’s a lot of ideas around now about investment dressing. The concept of quality over quantity is one I love, believe in and try to practise.

I think we should invest in clothes and by that I don’t mean that we should spent lots and lots of money on them. But when we want to purchase an item, ideally, we should be able to imagine it in our closet for years, not months or weeks.

Sadly, price is not an indication of quality – a trap I have fallen into too many times. A quality piece of clothing should last, not show wear and tear too easily and withstand washing without falling to pieces.

When I was studying for my degree, I came across a lovely account from the seventeenth century, of a shirt that had been handed down from generation to generation. It was well worn but was treasured enough to be included in a will and then passed from father to son, time upon time. It was costly, not only because of the material and the precious candlelight needed to stitch it, but because of the time required to make it. It really was an investment and treated and appreciated as such.

SundialInvestment dressing for me is also about time and not just about money.

I did need to invest a lot of time upfront, when considering, planning and then implementing my version of the capsule wardrobe. It needed time to figure out my personal style, what I really would wear, what my actual lifestyle was and to be realistic about my body shape.

De-cluttering programmes often show a re-vamped wardrobe as the end of the process – for me, it’s the beginning. It takes time to do this so that time needs to be invested wisely; the most obvious step being to keep going forward and not reverting to old, bad habits!

Have a great week 😊

  7 comments for “Investment dressing

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  2. April 22, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    I made a deal with myself a while ago – I won’t allow myself to buy an item of clothing unless I absolutely love it. It’s not enough for me just to like it, I have to LOVE it. After I’ve tried on clothes in a store I now find myself saying “I didn’t love it” when the sales assistant asks me “any good?” Sometimes it doesn’t always go well, alas, as something I thought I really loved I realise I really don’t when I get it home, but it generally makes clothes shopping a lot easier and simpler. Such a great post, Lol, I have definitely become a quality over quantity person.

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    • April 22, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Julie, I think we can all confidently agree you were always a quality person! 🙂 It’s a fantastic philosophy to only buy what you love. You have absolutely got the point I was making i.e. investment is not just about the money, it’s also about the time, the love and the mental energy expended, Lxx

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  3. April 21, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    This post immediately had me thinking about the pieces I own that are investments. Ironically, these are also my go to pieces that get replaced as they do wear after such repeated use. You are right about the cost of an item does not always mean quality. However, I do find high quality items in consignment shops that have already stood the test of time and are now at prices that make them an excellent current investment. Like St John pieces. So classic yet fun to “dress down” and have fun with. – Laurel

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    • April 21, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      Hi Laurel, there are so many different ways of viewing an investment – money, time or simply repeated wearing. I find the quality of clothing found in consignment shops generally much higher. It seems that the older the garment, the better the quality! Lxx

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