Investment piece

Oct 16, 2015

ALC reed jumpsuit striped black and white blouse Gianvito Rossi silver pumps
ALC reed jumpsuit striped black and white blouse Gianvito Rossi silver pumps
I've been thinking about what an investment piece means to me. I donned this A.L.C. jumpsuit yet again recently for work, and you might've seen it from NYFW and earlier this year. A lot of bloggers showcase their beautiful clothing, bags, and shoes and it's not a secret that some are obviously more expensive than others. I'll be very transparent about this jumpsuit and let you know that I paid $406.80 (including taxes) for it. Then I hemmed them about 2 or 3 inches, so that was another $15 or $20. I can't remember exactly what the tailoring cost, so let's just say the jumpsuit was overall $420. To me, that was worth the investment to add an amazing jumpsuit to my closet.
ALC reed jumpsuit striped black and white blouse Gianvito Rossi silver pumps
ALC reed jumpsuit striped black and white blouse Gianvito Rossi silver pumps
ALC reed jumpsuit striped black and white blouse Gianvito Rossi silver pumps
ALC reed jumpsuit striped black and white blouse Gianvito Rossi silver pumps
ALC reed jumpsuit striped black and white blouse Gianvito Rossi silver pumps
My philosophy is to invest in the things that I love, and make sure they tick off 3 very important factors:

1) Quality construction and tailored fit
I find myself assessing what the garment is made from now more than ever. It's really important to me what the fabrics are and how something is constructed so that its silhouette lays correctly and that it fits how I want it to. For example, this jumpsuit is made from 58% viscose and 42% acetate. I don't claim to be an expert on textiles, but I know that this blend of materials drapes well and is relatively light. This translates into the fact that I love how the top is nicely fitted but the bottom flows into its wide-leg silhouette. So make sure to check the tags and know what you're putting on your body.

2) Timelessness and unique design
Jumpsuits are not a new thing, but for me, buying this jumpsuit was a big deal! It was the first one that got added to my closet, and now I am hooked (case in point, check out this denim one I recently got). I think I was previously wary of this '70s classic because I didn't think I could actually pull it off. But the style of this A.L.C. one is very modern, with wide straps and wide-leg trousers that are very flattering for any body shape. I also love the cut-out back and zip-up front, which give it that unique twist that I always look for in a piece. And also, black never goes out of style.

3) Coordination with my existing wardrobe and lifestyle
Let's talk about how versatile this jumpsuit is. I've worn it out for date night, with flats while covering backstage during fashion week, and with a long-sleeve blouse for work (i.e., this exact outfit). That pretty much covers the gambit when I think about how many times I'm actually going to wear it. If you're considering investing in an expensive item, make sure you're really going to wear it with things you already own, and that you're not buying it just for one event or an Instagram opportunity. A true investment means you're going to wear it for years down the line.
ALC reed jumpsuit striped black and white blouse Gianvito Rossi silver pumps
ALC reed jumpsuit striped black and white blouse Gianvito Rossi silver pumps
 ALC reed jumpsuit striped black and white blouse Gianvito Rossi silver pumps
ALC reed jumpsuit striped black and white blouse Gianvito Rossi silver pumps
A.L.C. "Reed" jumpsuit (black is no longer available, but the exact jumpsuit is on sale in blue) / A.L.C. blouse (similar) / Gianvito Rossi silver pumps (similar color from same designer) / Zara leather jacket

What investment pieces do you own? Would love to hear your stories behind them!

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