Hands up who spends their weeknights languidly scrolling Net-A-Porter, compiling wish list after wish list while watching Bridgerton? (we hope that’s not just us).
Whether you’re shopping for luxury basics or a special occasion splurge, sorting your future wardrobe MVPs from the wear-once regrets can be a tricky business. Until now—consider this the criteria by which all future purchases should be made and all capsule wardrobes should be curated.
1/ Calculate cost per wear
Don’t believe your boyfriend—investment fashion is real (just ask anyone in possession of a Birkin).
“I don’t believe in saving big ticket items for special occasions – if I’ve splurged on something I want to be able to get tons of wear out of it,” says former StyledBy marie claire content editor Brittany Henderson.
“In the past I’ve fallen into the trap of buying things for my alter ego – the one who lives in sophisticated and sexy but deeply impractical pieces and doesn’t have to catch the train to work. Now, I focus on being able to wear a new piece three different ways with what already exists in my wardrobe.”
2/ Consider quality
If you’re going to splash your hard-earned cash, you want to make sure it’s on something that will last more than one season.
Examine the piece’s fabric and finishes closely before you buy: “Are the hems straight and tidy? Does the material drape in a flattering way? Does the cut fit you as it should – no gaping or warping? All signs that it’s worth the investment,” says Henderson.
Don’t think that means we’re restricting you to four-figure purchases from now on: “You can still get years’ wear out of high street finds if they’re well-constructed and you treat them properly,” says Henderson.
3/ Prioritise timelessness over trends
Don’t fall victim to a flashy flash-in-the-pan trend. Those Barbie-pink platforms are good for one, two seasons tops. A crisp white shirt or dove grey cashmere sweater, on the other hand, is forever.
Luxury basics are the building blocks of any good wardrobe; provided you care for them properly, they’ll see you through season after season and still look just as good as the day you brought them home.
4/ Always read the label
The cost of many high-ticket items skyrockets if you need to factor in regular dry-cleaning. Consider whether you’re prepared to take proper care of an investment piece before you splash out.
Ask yourself if it’s likely to survive the wash/dry/ironing process and still keep its shape? Will you wear it with joy or constantly worry about spills or creases?
5/ Where does it fit in your wardrobe?
Whether it’s a show-stopping piece or a luxury staple, there’s no good in introducing a new garment to your repertoire if you have nothing to wear it with.
Consider how your investment piece fits with the rest of your wardrobe and your regular sartorial rotation—an item that requires further purchases to complete a look is rarely worth the price tag.
Wardrobe Investment Pieces Worth Your Money
If you’re looking for a little guidance on the capsule wardrobe staples worthy of your hard-earned money, scroll on for our picks of the pieces every collection needs.
Suit, starting at $1670 at Bottega Veneta
Double Breasted Twill Blazer, $610 at REISS
The Way High Drape Pant, $212 at Everlane
Coat, $2200 at Beare Park
TOJHA Lanven Coat, $340 at THE ICONIC
Penelope Coat, $700 at Bec + Bridge
The Little Black Dress
Dress, $5900 at Louis Vuitton
Lorraine Collar Dress, $599 at Rebecca Vallance
Ginger Dress, $214 at Miaou
The Dinner Jacket
Jacket, $18,185 at Chanel
M.N.G Wintour Jacket, $149.95 at THE ICONIC
Cropped Twill Jacket, $150 at COS
The Military Jacket
Jacket, $6,300 at Miu Miu
Double Breasted Tailored Blazer, now $333 at CETTIRE
The Leather Jacket
Leather Jacket, $3999 at Ralph Lauren
L’Acadamie Moises Leather Jacket, now $641 at REVOLVE
Faux Leather Bomber Jacket, $129.99 at THE ICONIC
The White Shirt
White Shirt, $2,485 at Comme des Garçons
Slim Cotton Shirt, $129.95 at Witchery
Cotton Long Sleeve Shirt, $49.90 at Uniqlo