Investment Pieces Wishlist
As I start to weed out my wardrobe of unnecessary and unworn pieces, I’m taking careful stock of my favorite investment pieces: what I have now, and what I plan to purchase in the future.
This ties in with my new series, “What’s In Your Closet?“–and I’ll do my own version of that in the future, too!–but right now I’m focusing on the holes in my wardrobe, and what I have my eye on.
This isn’t necessarily a shopping list. I’m trying to invest in things slowly, because that’s how I feel additions to a wardrobe or to a house should be–a slow, careful process, carefully taking account the whole, instead of the item on its own, in a vacuum.
That being said, I have been carefully identifying the holes in my wardrobe and thinking up what I really need to fill the gaps. It’s easier said than done–after all, I have these gaps for a reason, which is that I haven’t found something to fit my needs.
Here’s what I’m currently searching for. Please let me know if you have any recommendations!
An everyday handbag
I usually use a Longchamp Le Pliage, which are super-practical and waterproof, but I’m looking for something a little more grown-up. I have a great suede bag from a family friend, but I’m always leery about carrying a suede bag with my favorite Barbour, as I’m afraid the wax will rub off on the suede. I can’t really decide what I’m looking for–something lightweight, with some compartments, room for my laptop, and a more polished look than a Longchamp.
A camel wool coat
I have a fantastic full-length overcoat from Brooks Brothers in the 80s–the same one Audrey Rouget wears in Metropolitan–that was my mother’s. I love it, and wear it on special occasions, but it’s so heavy. I have an old peacoat from Benetton that I wore throughout high school, but what I’d really love is a knee- or mid-length camel coat–warm enough to wear when it’s too cold for my Barbour, but not too heavy.
I invested in a great pair of leather boots right out of college that I wore into the ground… to the point where even my trusty cobbler couldn’t do anything to save them. I have a pair of duBarry boots now, that I love, but I suppose I’d love to find a good pair of knee-high boots that make me look a bit more pulled-together than my duBarrys. I love the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots, but those are way out of my price range!
What are your wishlist investment pieces, and have you invested, or are you still waiting?