Keeping up with trends is both exhausting and expensive so, for those of us living in the “real” world, we have to compromise on when to invest and when to save on our wardrobes. I have just one simple test that I use to ensure I’m neither throwing away my hard-earned dollars, nor passing up a great investment piece.
You Need Only Ask This One Question…
The number one rule for me on investing vs. saving is to invest in classics and save on trends. If you’re unsure of whether an item is a trend or a staple, consider asking yourself this question: could I have purchased this same item 5 years ago, 10 years ago? Odds are, if you were able to purchase the item 5 or 10 years ago, it’s more than just a trend.
Clothing: Trends vs. Classics
Examples – Classics: Items like a white button-up shirt, a silk wrap blouse, a black and white striped t-shirt, a pair of straight-leg pants, a trench coat, and a pair of well fitting jeans are all examples of classics that are worth the investment. These items will never go out of style and can be worn and layered in so many different ways–you are sure to get your money’s worth from them.
Examples – Trends: Trends, on the other hand, are those pieces that have popped up within the last year or few years. Think of items like ruffle and bell-sleeved anything, off-the-shoulder/cold-shoulder dresses and tops, jumpsuits and rompers, overalls, flare leg jeans.
Shoes: Trends vs. Classics
Examples – Classics: A great pair of pointed-toe pumps, a pair of leather or suede tall boots, plain white flat sneakers, leather loafers or boat shoes, oxfords (sans platform), simple closed-toe wedge espadrilles, animal print flats, and rubber rain boots.
Examples – Trends: anything with poms or fringe, platforms, excessive lacing or embellishments (think gladiator sandals), and clear plastic.
Accessories: Trends vs. Classics
Examples – Classics: black leather tote or satchel, simple foldover clutch in black, blush, nude, red, or animal print, plain leather belt with minimal buckle, gold or diamond stud or hoop earrings, a round diamond pendant, a plain black leather backpack
Examples – Trends: brand logo belts, picnic basket handbags, layered rings (i.e. midi rings), drawstring bucket bags, circle handle bags, and anything with poms or fur.