Get The Best ROI On Your Wardrobe – 8 Investment Pieces That Pay Off!

If you’ve been following along on the blog and/or Instagram for a while, you know how often I stress the importance of your wardrobe basics. These are the quality pieces in your closet that act as the foundation of your wardrobe. So, when it comes to deciding which pieces you should invest in, it’s an easy answer for me…those foundational wardrobe workhorses! But, how do you know what’s actually worth it? Fit, fabric, versatility, and wearability are all key factors. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a wonderful time to pick up some of those investment pieces on sale! Many of you have messaged us about items that have sold out. So, I wanted to take a deep dive into 8 categories and find the best options for you…that ARE still in stock. These investment pieces are worth it and will stand the test of time.

Each of these investment pieces will be perfect staples this fall and winter. If you missed our latest fall/winter capsule wardrobe with 50+ fabulous finds, you can check it out here.

Navy frame cropped blazer, navy frame wide leg pants

Investment Pieces That Are Worth It

First, let’s talk about what to look for in those pieces of clothing that will stand the test of time in your closet. How do you know if something is worth spending your money on? Here are some key things you can look for.

  • Fabric – Choosing a high-quality fabric is key if you want the item to last. Silk, cotton, wool, leather, cashmere…these are all examples of fabrics that if taken care of properly, should last for several years.
  • Color – It’s no secret I love to wear a pop of color, but when you are shopping specifically for investment pieces that will last, neutral colors are typically going to be your best bet. Black, grays, tans, navy, and other neutral shades will be the most versatile. Then, you can always mix in other vibrant colors and patterns with other fun pieces.
  • Cost – It’s easy to think that by investing in a high-quality piece, you have to spend a fortune…but that’s really not the case. You can find lovely investment pieces without breaking the bank.
  • Details – When the focus is on finding high-quality pieces that will not seem dated after a season or two, you’ll want to avoid trendy details. Similar to color, the really shiny, sparkly, over-the-top pieces are SO fun, but you’ll get more wear out of the “quieter” classic pieces.

Chic Blazer

If you already have a black blazer in your wardrobe, navy would be another versatile option. It’s a classic neutral that goes with everything. I often get asked if you can pair navy with black and yep, you absolutely can. This Frame cropped blazer will pair beautifully with black pants, jeans, and skirts, and there’s a matching pair of pants I’m wearing above that creates an elegant suit for the office. When some women see the word “cropped” in the item description, they immediately shy away, but a cropped silhouette helps define the waist and is very chic and sophisticated. And you can always wear a blouse, top, or tee underneath that is longer than the hem of the blazer if you prefer not to tuck in your top. I tried this one in-store and fell in love with the fit and fabric. This piece is worth it!

A blazer is versatile because you can easily dress it up or down. If you need some help with how your blazer should fit, this post is a must read after this one!


Nordstrom Investment Pieces That Are Worth It

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Investment Pieces

Keep scrolling for 7 more quality investment pieces that you’ll wear over and over…and over. The NSale ends 8/6 so if you want to scoop up any of these pieces, this is the time!

Have you found any amazing investment pieces in the NSale? Let us know in the comments! If you have questions about the sale or aren’t sure when you can shop, you can find it all here or on the 2023 NSale tab above.

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Leather Moto

A leather jacket is an investment piece you can wear for years if you buy a classic silhouette. This lambskin-leather moto jacket from San Edelman is in a pretty brown tone that would be beautiful on SO many women. I love the details and minimal hardware! Wear it with black basics for a really chic look or edge up a basic t-shirt, jeans and sneakers with this luxe looking jacket.

Dark Wash Jeans

A lot of the jeans I tried on in-store are sold out, but I was pretty surprised when I saw that these AG jeans are fully stocked! Here is what I love about them….they are a dark wash which is universally flattering and the most versatile jeans in terms of a classic look (no holes or whiskering). They also are a classic silhouette with a slight bootcut that’s not going out of style anytime soon. These have a 32” inseam which is perfect for me with heels (I’m 5’4”) but since they have a frayed hem, you can easily cut them if you’re petite or want to wear them with sneakers and flats. These are the perfect pair of jeans to invest in for the most wearability and versatility!

Cashmere Sweater

Cashmere in general is typically a bit of an investment but it’s such a high-quality, luxe fabric that you know will last for seasons upon seasons. I would recommend a cashmere sweater in a versatile neutral like ivory, gray or black to get the most bang for your buck. This AllSaints cashmere sweater is roomy without being oversized and it’s incredibly soft. It’s also not so bulky that you can’t layer it under a coat or half-tuck it into jeans or pants. Linking 2 cashmere sweaters that are both worth the investment!

Versatile Leather Handbag

A black handbag is a wardrobe staple's even better when you find one that can be used for multiple purposes. This Marc Jacobs leather bag has a crossbody strap making it ideal for everyday and travel. But it also comes with a shorter, chain link shoulder strap that's perfect for a night out since it has a dressier and even edgier vibe. The classic silhouette means you’ll carry it for years and years. It’s $285 now and $425 after the sale.

Classic Diamond Hoops

Monica Vinader is one of my favorite jewelry brands. Their pieces are beautifully made and plated in 18K gold vermeil so they last and last and you don’t need to worry about them tarnishing. These hoops are ones I grab all the time. A classic pair of hoops will elevate your outfit but since these are trimmed with genuine diamonds, they are a classic with a twist. So luxe and gorgeous! These are on the larger side at 1/5 inches so if you prefer a smaller hoop, there’s also a similar ½ inch size that are equally as beautiful.

Chic Black Booties

A classic pair of black booties are definitely worth the investment. I would recommend investing in a leather pair that you could see yourself wearing for both casual and dressy occasions, and that has a modern silhouette. These Veronica Beard booties check all the boxes and also have a very manageable heel height of just under 3 inches. They have a padded footbed and a pointed toe which is ideal for elongating your frame. These are $300 now and $450 after the sale.

White Sneakers

If you're looking for a classic pair of white sneakers (with just a touch of bling!) these P448 sneakers are a great option. There are a few go-to brands that I gravitate toward for comfort and wearability and P448 are definitely on that list! These are mostly white but have a splash of metallic on the heel that's still very versatile. They’re also a platform sneaker with just over an inch lift which makes them both on-trend and classic...a pretty cool combo.
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