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My personal style philosophy has evolved from fast fashion to investing in quality pieces that will stand the test of time. These 18 items are my investment pieces. They are the items I reach for time and time again. The ones I can’t part with during a closet purge. The pieces I saved for months (or years) to purchase. I’ve slowly built up these items over the past 10+ years.
I’m a bargain shopper at heart. I splurge on jewelry and handbags and believe everything else can be found on sale. Along with sharing my 18 investment pieces, I’m going to tell you exactly which ones saved on.
I wish I could say I had a magic formula for determining which items qualified as investment pieces. While some were definitely a splurge and a couple were gifts, others didn’t cost as much but certainly weren’t a “need”.
Alright, let’s get to it. My 18 investment pieces every woman should own + a runner up!
- Maya Brenner initial necklace – Jim gifted me this necklace with Lawson and Sybil’s initials after Sybil’s birth. It is one of my most cherished possessions. I wear it virtually every day and feel proud each time I put it on. While BaubleBar offers plenty of discounts, I’ve only seen this necklace included once.
- David Yurman crossover ring – I bought this ring for myself after a rough period in my last job. It symbolized my hard work during a challenging time. Since Jim and I aren’t married and I don’t have an engagement/wedding band, it’s become my go to ring.
- Diamond stud earrings – For my 30th birthday, I gifted myself a pair of diamond stud earrings (mine are 2 ctw). I wear them almost every single day. At this point that’s over 4,000 times! I originally bought a smaller pair at Macy’s. They had a trade-in program and I exchanged them for this pair. They are one of my power pieces and help me to feel confident.
- David Yurman bracelets (here, here and here) – I bought myself a trio of David Yurman bracelets for my 35th birthday. I’m a big believer in gifting yourself something special for big birthdays. It makes them much more enjoyable. Similar to my diamond earrings, this trio make up my power pieces. I’ve probably had them on in every outfit I’ve posted on the blog.
- Clare V leopard clutch (also here)- For the longest time I never had a clutch to carry at weddings or nights out. That changed when I bought this leopard clutch. Leopard is surprising neutral. I’ve carried it with a sweater and jeans, plaid, and a summer skirt. You can get it for up to 25% off during Shopbop’s semi-annual sale. There’s also a flat version that is a little less expensive.
- Cult Gaia bag – This has become my go to bag to carry in the summer. It’s a statement piece that actually isn’t that expensive. I have the small version and it fits everything I need for a night out. You’re probably sick of hearing me talk about it (seen with my best dress and favorite striped shirt.
- Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 and Zippy wallet – The Speedy 25 was the very first luxury handbag I ever bought. It’s been almost 9 years and it’s still one of my favorite bags (seen here). A few years ago Jim and I were in Switzerland in a little mountain town called Crans Montana that happened to have a Louis Vuitton store. I wanted to buy something on our trip to remember it. A wallet by a Parisian brand seemed like an odd choice, but I’ve loved it ever since. It reminds me of a fantastic vacation and is the perfect size – not too big and not too small.
- Chloe Mini Marcie crossbody bag – For my 40th birthday I splurged on the Chloe Mini Marcie. I actually originally purchased it in the regular size, but exchanged it for the mini. It fits my phone, cardholder and lipgloss. I’ve used it a ton in LA since we walk everywhere. It’s light and a beautiful shade of grey. I’ve worn it with grey stripes, a tee shirt and jeans. and bright pink (here and here).
- J Crew Regent blazer – One of my more recent purchases, I had been eyeing the J. Crew Regent blazer for years. Before that all of my blazers were from H&M. It was a tough choice, but I chose the classic navy. It fits like a glove and instantly makes me feel professional whether I’m wearing it with a pair of jeans or dressed up. It retails for almost $200, but I paid less than $100 by waiting for a 40% off promo along with a $25 rewards card.
- Aether cashmere sweater – Jim gave me this sweater for Christmas last year. It’s soft, cozy and warm. Everything good cashmere should be. And it’s the main reason I look forward to cold weather.
- Leather skirt – Three years ago I found a black leather skirt at Banana Republic (seen here). I’ve worn it with everything from a tee shirt to a sweater to a chambray shirt. I got it for 50% off and haven’t seen anything at a similar price and quality.
- Saint James striped tee – I raved about this tee recently (seen here) so I’ll try to keep it short. I packed it for two 3+ week trips this summer and wore it more than any other top I packed. It’s classic and chic and I wear it every week. I bought it during a Black Friday sale for 25% off.
- Banana Republic leather jacket – Banana Republic continues to surprise me with their high quality leather. A black leather jacket is really versatile. It can be worn with jeans (seen here) or dresses. I bought mine during their 50% off friends and family promo.
- J. Crew Lady Day coat – Everyone needs a fancier coat and this one is mine. I don’t wear it that often, but when I need a coat to wear with a dress, my ivory lady always saves the day (ha, pun intended!). I bought this coat so many jeans ago that I have no idea if it was on sale or not…but I definitely would recommend waiting for a promo.
- Cole Haan ZeroGrand sneakers – I’ll be honest, I totally copied Jim when it comes to the Cole Haan sneakers. Mine are a couple of years old and I’ve been wearing them multiple times a week this fall (which you may have seen on Instagram Stories!). They elevate my regular tee shirt and jeans and are extremely comfortable. I did get them during the Nordstrom anniversary sale and I’ve seen them occasionally on sale since.
- Stuart Weitzman 505o boots (also here) – These over the knee boots were on my wish list for 3 years. I finally tried them on in an effort to convince myself they didn’t live up to the hype. Turns out all those reviews are true. I have yet to wear them with a dress, but they are perfect with jeans (seen here and here). I bought them at 30% off (Nordstrom price matched a competitor) and used gift cards and rewards on top of the discount. They are usually included in Shopbop’s semi-annual sales too.
- M. Gemi Felize loafers – If you haven’t tried a pair of M. Gemi loafers, you’re missing out. They feel like butter on your feet. I’ve worn them with shorts and jeans (seen here and here). They were comfortable right out of the box. The only question is should I go bold for my next pair?? I did save $40 off since they were my first purchase with the brand. If you’d like to save $50 off your first purchase, let me know and I can send you a referral link.
- Stuart Weitzman wedge sandals – Two years ago I got rid of all my cheap wedge sandals and bought this pair instead. The neutral shade goes with all my summer essentials and I know they will be in style for years to come. I bought them at 50% off (Nordstrom matched the sale price).
Last, but not least, are two runner-up items. The first is my army utility jacket (seen here and here). Mine is several years old. The closest I could find is the Madewell fleet jacket in olive. I never thought I’d reach for an army green jacket as much as I do. It’s perfect paired with a striped tee. The second is my Stuart Weitzman Highland boots (now on sale for 40% off). Jim gifted them to me for my 40th birthday. I feel tall and sexy wearing them and they’re a gorgeous shade of grey.
What’s your best investment piece? The kind you wouldn’t want to live without?
A striped tee is a definite closet must-have. Some might call it a wardrobe essential. :) It’s versatile enough to wear to work, casually on the weekend or to run errands and dressed up for a night out.
I love the peep toe ankle boots and would get them in a heartbeat if my lifestyle was a little different (i.e, I wasn’t running after a baby all day). As I mentioned in Friday’s weekend roundup, I’ve decided to jump on the birkenstock bandwagon. If they aren’t your thing, a pair of white cons would look just as cute. The work outfit might just be my favorite – a bandana scarf lends a funky flair and the cole haan sneakers embrace the athletic trend. They are so comfortable and perfect for running around the office from meeting to meeting.
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For a night out, I’d wear it over a sexy camisole and add a delicate necklace or two. For the weekend, keep it casual over a striped tee, grey skinny jeans and oxfords. And finally for work, pair it with a pencil skirt, pumps and a pearl statement necklace (and my favorite black tights in the winter months).
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While I don’t reach for a cardigan as often as some other pieces in my closet, I still believe one in a neutral shade is an essential part of a complete wardrobe. I was at J. Crew the other day and saw this one in grey (it also comes in navy with white stripes). The subtle stripes set it apart from more traditional cardigans. You know I love a good deal…this cardigan is on sale for 30% off through Sunday with promo GETSHOPPING.
For a night out, I’d switch it up a bit and wear a white tee and the striped cardigan as my base and then layer this fantastic green (faux) fur vest over it. Isn’t that a fun outfit?! I can see throwing on the cardigan over another striped shirt with skinny jeans and some converse for the weekend. And finally over a dress at the office. Why is it always so cold in office buildings? A sweater is almost a requirement no matter what season it is.
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