5 Workwear Style Items Worth Investing In
So if you read my blog articles and are a member of our private FB hangout group (if you're not, you're more than welcome to join here), then you know I'm for building a minimal wardrobe and against overspending on clothing or accessories.
But I'll tell you this. If you're going to purchase anything, make it a sensible one. Meaning, opt for quality goods with a long life. This will save you money in the long run because buying cheaper versions means that they will be replaced often. And that is one of the secrets to smart buying. Check out an article I wrote here on how to shop smart.
There are some things you just can't skimp on. These are items you constantly wear and those that will represent your style and personal brand image. So I highly recommend to invest well on your personal brand that will surely bring you more money and credibility.
Here are some things to consider before making a decision to invest in these items:
- Will you often wear this item?
- Will the quality of the item last long?
- Do you trust the brand/retailer with their products or the materials they're made from?
- Does the item fit you like it was made for you?
- Does it represent your goals and align with your brand image?
If your answers are all yes to the questions above, then it's a great investment.
Without further ado, here are the 5 items you shouldn't skimp on:
This is the foundation of your garments. So I recommend to invest in good pair of briefs, boxers, tanks for men and a good shapewear or bra for women. What you wear underneath your clothes sometimes affects the shape and overall appearance of your image.
Good Quality Shoes
The cheaper the quality of a pair of shoes, the shorter its lifespan is most likely to be. Not to mention, poorly made shoes are extremely uncomfortable and deteriorate faster (which of course shows). So invest in well made shoes. I would always recommend in Italian craftsmanship because, well, not only do they look sophisticated, but they are also constructed with great attention to detail and the materials and components used are of high quality and therefore they are comfortable and long lasting.
There's always that one major work function or a formal event that a great suit will be good for. This is an item that will never get out of style and will always work for you. So if you're going to invest in one, nothing will beat a made to measure suit. Your garment has to fit your body shape well and flatter your posture and physical characteristics. Like the writers of the movie Kingsman said, "The suit is a modern gentleman's armor". I'd just like to add that a suit is excellent for us ladies, too. ;) But you get the idea. It has to be perfect.
A coat or jacket is an item you will most likely wear all winter or cold seasons long. It warms you up and brings your entire outfit together. It is an item that is most likely to match your personality and style. Because you will wear it often, it is important that it's practical and comfortable, too. So it's worth your investment.
Cashmere, Leather or Wool
I truly believe that if you're looking for the soft, warm feel of cashmere, then buy the real thing. If you're into leather, then invest in the real leather bag or shoes. If you enjoy the feel of wool, then get the real thing. Avoid knock-offs because they're lower in prices. They will barely contain their texture after the first wash. You want to get the most value out of your money, therefore, invest in the real deal.
We cannot take risks with skincare or beauty items because these are products we apply directly on our skin. There are so many products made with poor ingredients out there that sell for cheap but that are REALLY harmful to our skin. So be very careful on what you use and invest in organic and good quality products.
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