Lots of people talk about purchasing investment pieces for their wardrobes. But what are they? And how can you know what will be a good choice for you?
Know Your Stuff
First of all, “investment” is a scary word. Let’s stick with the word “splurge” — it’s more fun to say and sounds far less serious. Serious is over-rated, anyway.
splurge |splərj| informal, noun: an act of spending money freely or extravagantly; a large or excessive amount of something.
investment |inˈves(t)mənt| noun: the action or process of investing money for profit or material result; a thing that is worth buying because it may be profitable or useful in the future; an act of devoting time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result.
Ideally, we should have no trouble blending the two:“splurge-estment.” After all, this publication is about indulgence; I’m just here to help you decide how and what to indulge in.
Splurgestment, noun, as defined by Wardrobes by Lillian Charles: act of purchasing an item that can be used for a variety of occasions, will prove durable over time, calls attention to your best attributes, and adds both “fun” and “weight” to everything else you’ve got goin’ on in your ensemble.
What are clothing items that both men and women need year-round (more or less), regardless of location, age, and size? My mind immediately goes to leather goods, shoes, outerwear, accessories, and “signature” pieces. Practical investments. The splurge portion of those kinds of purchases comes in when you consider an extra special detail on the garment, something that makes it unique to you.
For the Ladies
I have a pair of shoes that I love: they’re super tall, super comfortable wedges with thick, rich chocolate-colored suede straps that hug my feet just perfectly. They are gorgeous and work with any bright hue and are the perfect accent to an ensemble of mixed-neutrals.
And the wedge-portion of the shoe is leopard print. Yep. A true splurgestment. When I turn to the side, you see that pop of pattern and creativity.
I will never forget the first night that I wore them out — if I can’t remember what I wore on a date or some special occasion, I have a hard time believing that said occasion ever occurred. Anyway, I wore these beauties with ever-so-slightly flared white denim, a beige fitted tank, a huge statement belt, colorful scarf, and an orange cashmere sweater. Divine! If I may say so myself…
So, ladies, this might mean that you create for yourself a pair of custom Attilio Giusti Leombruni shoes or that you splurgest in a small, square Hermes scarf that just sings with the colors that make you look and feel most alive. In those AGLs, you can walk for miles through the streets of Paris (or around the grocery store), and with that little scarf, you can add pops of color in a variety of places within your wardrobe. Maybe you are tired of the straps on your TJ Maxx purses fraying and looking raggedy. Time to splurgest! Invest in a classic, durable, lovely bag, but splurge on the color or shape of it.