I have had this little black dress for at least four years now, and it has proven to be one of my best clothing purchases to date. It still looks as good as the day I bought it, and it has been my favorite dress for years! I kind of thought I was crazy spending so much on such an extremely simple dress.
Owning this simple little black dress has been a supreme lesson in the importance of investment pieces for me.
Four years prior I had never purchased high quality clothing items outside of shoes and bags unless it was for a special occasion. Having high quality shoes and bags are important for any wardrobe, yet at the time my closet was still full of a lot of everyday fast fashion. My former wardrobe really never lasted more than a year in terms of keeping my interest, or by literally falling apart.
My favorite LBD (shown above) which is in my current capsule wardrobe is by Theory. Their dresses usually range between $300-$500+ depending upon the construction and material, although I was very fortunate to purchase this dress on sale. Now having experienced how many years I have actually worn and loved this dress, how good it still looks, as well as how many different occasions I have worn it, spending more would have been worth it too. No other clothing piece prior has held up to this much wear and tear in my wardrobe. Nor has anything else been as versatile as this dress. I have even worn this dress as a tunic with slim pants when a mini dress wasn’t conservative enough for the occasion.
In truth it isn’t that we can’t afford quality items, but instead feel that we don’t want to spend too much money on one thing when we can buy a whole bunch.
This previous frame of mind also had me never wanting to be seen in the same thing. Now I don’t mind as long as I feel good and look polished. I don’t consider myself a fashionista, and by no means feel I have my personal style completely mastered. Although I am a lot more confident in spending more on fewer quality pieces versus a lot of disposable items.
My favorite LBD is a seasonless wool fabric, lined, and designed to perfection in my opinion. Natural high quality fabrics, hidden zippers, strong seams, a quality lining, plus a perfect fit are my latest strict shopping criteria that I do my best to abide to. I do have my heart set on finding another amazing dress like this one, yet until then I won’t be buying just anything just to fill a shopping urge. I’d rather save up to invest in something phenomenal.
Do you have a favorite investment piece in your wardrobe?
(Image by Dawn Michelle)