over50feeling40: Hit Your Style Sweet Spot: A DIscussion About Investment Dressing Over 50
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Feb 12, 2017

Hit Your Style Sweet Spot: A DIscussion About Investment Dressing Over 50

Welcome to a fun collaboration with Jennifer of A Well Styled Life and Pam of over50feeling40.  We desire for all of us… the fabulous women over 50 …to look and feel our best each and every day.  After years of blogging for this audience, we have heard from so many of you about your discouragement and despondency when you look in the mirror every morning.  But, we both know just how transformative style can be, and hope to encourage you right here each week.  We want to see all of us empowered with strength, joy, and confidence

Jennifer and I have decided to spend a couple of weeks discussing how we approach investment dressing.  For my purposes, I would define investment dressing as a few pieces of clothing purchases which are high quality, great fit, and unique design.  They are worth paying the price.  Tim Gunn says your basic pieces should be investments in “quality, taste and style.”  The pieces are NOT fast fashion, but endure time.
However, I remember a time in my life when a $50 purchase was an investment!  We all have our different price points and budgets.  So an investment piece for you, may be way out of my league…and vice versa.
Since I went through my reinvention at age 50, I have learned over the years the designers I like and how to find them on my budget.  I have an Eileen Fisher section of my closet, however, each piece was found at a discount or special price.  The coat I am wearing today is EF from Dillards.  It was worth it to me to invest in this coat…here are the reasons:
1.       It is lightweight and I will wear it all year.
2.       It looks great with pants, leggings, skirts or dresses.
3.       It says chic, strong, intelligent, and depending on the accessories, can say fun!
4.       The design of the jacket is very flattering.  The back is designed with a deep pleat.
5.       I will have it as long as I want it, and, if I desire to ever sell it, it will have value and return a nice price.  I will wear it often which drives down the cost per wear.
6.       When I wear it, my confidence is high.  I do not even once have concern about my outfit being appropriate for the event.  I navigate where I am with a completely confident smile.

I paid full price at an EF event, but received a discount on another EF garment because I purchased the coat.  I rarely purchase an investment garment without savings happening somewhere.  I still work fulltime and attend many events, so coats like this one are important to me.   I must be confident when I go out to represent the magazines or my own brand.
Now, the leggings are by Joan Vaas, a designer found at Neiman Marcus.  However, I bought these at Marshalls for $18 several years ago and I wear them often!  The quality, fit and design are perfect and because of this pair, I have purchased a few more Joan Vaas pieces.   There really is a difference in the fit of many investment brands over lower price point garments.   Marshalls and TJ Maxx are perfect places to find investment clothing for less.

I love the way I feel in special pieces and have made the decision, for me, occasionally I will add a special piece.  How about you?  What is your favorite investment piece in your wardrobe?  Does it have a story you can share?  Please do…then go see what JENNIFER OF A WELL STYLED LIFE is saying today about investment dressing!

Thanks for being here!


  1. That coat is beautiful and very flattering. I try to find investment pieces on sale, but working full time also, within a formal dress code, I certainly have them. I will spend more on classic pieces that mix and match through my wardrobe, such as blazers, dress pants and skirts. And of course, dresses. Shopping sales does help, but if I have a wardrobe gap that needs attention, I will pay full price! I also have several pairs of investment jeans for weekends.

    1. Jeans! That is another category that is worth it to get a great fit...you are so right Karen. I understand paying full price to get just the right pieces for your professional life.

  2. We are on the same wave length here! That's a stunning jacket Pam! I see why you invested in it.

    1. We often are! I love this jacket so much...thanks!

  3. I LOVE that jacket. It is GORGEOUS!

  4. Since I moved to having a capsule wardrobe, many of my pieces go into the investment category. However, I think my classic black blazer and several of my boots are among my favorites. I also have a collection of scarves... good quality brightly colored scarves are integral in a capsule wardrobe.

    1. Thanks for sharing how you look at investment clothing! I bet you have some beautiful scarves!

  5. Best look on you ever, Pam! Love the monochromatic long lines underneath the absolutely stunning jacket! You look longer, leaner, confident and beautiful!

  6. I love this coat on you Pam! I am thinking about some investment pieces this year and what I need to add to my closet. My mom has an EF coat that I adore!
    Thanks for linking with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx


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