Investing in pieces isn’t a one size fits all scenario. One person’s budget may not work for for you and vice versa and also one woman’s perfect leather jacket may be another disaster piece. Today I am simplifying your wardrobe.


Often when we talk about “investment pieces” we talk about buying expensive items that we can wear constantly, season to season, making our cost per wear ratio invaluable. What often goes unsaid is the fact you can still invest in pieces that aren’t out of your reach.  Investing in pieces isn’t a one size fits all scenario. One person’s budget may not work for for you and vice versa and also one woman’s perfect leather jacket may be another disaster piece. It’s all about shopping for pieces that suit your figure and budget.

I am a big believer in mixing high street with designer pieces and this goes for choosing what to invest in. I think if you find good quality clothing at a lower price, made from great fabric and it also happens to fit perfectly, then I say invest in it. Yes, those three things can go hand in hand. Some things like leather and denim should be invested in with trusted brands, so you know what you’re paying for, others, you can get away with not paying a premium – that is, if you want to.



A leather jacket is definitely something your wardrobe needs. Throw it on over the top of a casual outfit and you’ll instantly look more put together and worn over an evening dress it adds a little bit of edge to your style. It’s a piece that also gets better as it ages, so the more you wear it, the better it gets.

I bought one of my favourite leather jackets 7 years ago and I still love it. I didn’t realise at the time how much I would wear it, but I honestly wear it all the time. My next purchase will be an Acne leather jacket as I know I will have / wear it for years to come.

Brands I love: IRO, Acne, Witchery or for budget friendly Ena Pelly


Practical shoes are becoming more and more reasonable to wear all the time. I have noticed most girls are opting for a classic pair of flats or brogues instead of heels lately. So, instead of buying shoes that you will only wear on “special occasions” or one every few months, invest in neutral flats instead. If you prefer a little bit more height, you can always opt for boots with a slight heel, or just make sure you buy practical heels. Make sure you’re buying quality leather for durability.

Brands I love: Witchery, Mimco or more luxe Alexander Wang


I remember when I first bought a wool coat in 2008 – I felt so put together and in turn, old. I have since come around on the classic silhouette of a trench coat or long line blazer. It’s now a piece I love to throw on over a casual outfit because it makes me feel put together and like I tried a lot harder than I did. I have a few colour ways, but this camel coat contrasts nicely against an all-black, winter outfits.

Brands I love: Witchery, Assembly Label or Camilla & Marc. For more budget friendly pieces Forever New’s quality is really good.



I hate being uncomfortable so a big thing for me is buying underwear that is fits perfectly. I had uncomfortable bras so for the most part opt for bralette style bras. Also – seamless underwear is your best friend.

Brands I love: Lonely Lingerie, Kat The Label & Gooseberry for bras and for seamless Berlei.


Jeans – the bane of everyone’s existence, amirite? When you find a pair that fits perfectly, hold on to them because they’re a rare breed.

Brands I love: Nobody jeans, Assembly Label, J-Brand and Topshop surprising do a great denim if you’re after a pair that is more budget friendly.


Finding the so-called “perfect” white t-shirt automatically gives me PTSD. Well, it did until I found three brands that do really nice cotton. They have different price ranges, but all the quality is there. It just depends what you are after. The reason why I love a plain white tee and a crisp white button up is because they’re simple and clean-cut and can be worn in so many ways.

Brands I love: Kit & Ace, Assembly Label and Bassike. All different prices, but I love the quality. T by Alexander Wang is your go to if you’re after a more luxe brand.



An all-occasion bag was the best decision I have ever made. You need to invest in something that suits your lifestyle – again, there isn’t going to be something that is a one size fits solution. I love my cross body bag from Dylan Kain. I can wear it casually or use it at night (an added bonus is the strap can be removed). I also use my The Daily Edited tote, but find that too large for night time obviously.

Brands I love: Dylan Kain, The Daily Edited, Witchery, Furla and of course high end brands like Alexander Wang and Chloe.


I’ve said it before but it’s amazing how some signature pieces can completely transform an outfit and instantly elevate your style. I am a little lazy when it comes to jewellery sometimes, but I highly recommend investing in some classic pieces for day and night. For longevity opt for sleek designs with a minimalist approach as this will allow you to wear them for years to come. It will also allow you to mix and match or layer as your taste changes.

Brands I love: Sarah & Sebastian, F&H Jewellery, Samantha Wills and The Dark Horse Jellery


There are so many other pieces to add to this – but seeing as this is a beginners guide, I thought I would start with the basics.

Do you have anything to add? What are some of your essentials. Be sure to let me know in the comment section!




Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

1 thought on “Beginners Guide To Investment Wardrobe Pieces”

  1. With you on these Ally. Nailed it. I opt for a good cuban heeled leather boot that’ll get me through any occasion. I think I own more of them than anything else! Oh, and a good black blazer- a slightly oversized one, to throw over anything and make it feel dressier.

    xx Jenelle

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