Investment Pieces: 5 Things You Should Spend Money On

by Nicole Hempeck on April 27, 2021

As a mother, it’s hard to justify spending a significant amount of money on ourselves. We often will have our children dressed far better than we dress ourselves, which is a shame. I see kids all over the place looking all kinds of fashion forward with their frumpy mama following behind them.

This is unsat my friends.

I’m here to tell you it’s time to balance things out and invest in yourself a bit, too. Pick up a few key pieces that are timeless when the budget allows to pair with those trendy pieces that are less expensive to spruce up your look, because you’re worth it.

Above I have a few key investment pieces that should be in every busy mother’s wardrobe. Now, keep in mind that they may look slightly different depending on on your personal taste and season, but this is a general guideline.

1. A Quality Pair (or three) of Jeans

It took me a long time to spend money on a good pair of quality jeans that fit well. But then I realized that they were something that I wore nearly everyday for almost everything. When you wear something that often - dress it up or dressed down - it’s not a bad idea to invest money in a pair that makes you look and feel your best.

2. A Neutral Leather Handbag & Boots

A leather handbag in camel and black are great neutrals to have on hand. They go well with almost anything and can be staples in your closet for years. The same goes for boots - invest in quality leather and a timeless design and you will have a piece that you can use from season to season, year to year, making it less of a splurge and more of a smart purchase.

3. Black Blazer

A black blazer is a great addition to a variety of outfit combinations. It can dress up a jeans and tee ensemble in a flash or make a pencil skirt and blouse more board room ready. A great blazer is a fantastic long term investment piece that never goes out of style when you purchase a tailored cut.

4. Neutral Python Pumps

You may think that a python or animal textured pump is a bit trendy, but the truth is, when done in a solid neutral like camel or black, it is anything but. Animal prints are timeless in their own right. The texture is subtle when done in a solid color, like the one pictured, and it adds just enough interest to make an otherwise bland pump more fun. You can work this same concept with a small clutch or handbag and change it up with a black pump or handbag.

5. Little Black Dress

I know you’ve heard it before, but everyone needs a little black dress that they feel fantastic in. Spend a little bit of money getting a dress that makes you look and feel great, so when you have a last minute dinner or get together to attend, you can grab that dress and know you look great.

And don’t worry about repeating that same dress from event to event - just make sure to pick up a variety of trendy accessories - think necklaces, earrings, bangles, cocktail rings  and/or clutches - not all at once, pick one or two of these at a time or it will be accessory overkill. This is where you can spend a little less money to change up your look.

There are other investment pieces that you can add into your wardrobe, but the above are a great place to get started if you’ve neglected your wardrobe, as we all have from time to time in this mothering gig.

Which of the above pieces would you be willing to pick up for yourself? What are some other investment pieces you could recommend to a mother who’s let her style suffer for the sake of her child’s? 



Image: Polyvore


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Kristen @ Busy Kids = Happy Mom April 27, 2021 at 5:55 am

Someone told me this is why Europeans can have smaller closets - they choose a few quality pieces and wear them! I guess I’d have to give up my Costco / Sams Club mom wardrobe!

JDaniel4's Mom April 27, 2021 at 1:37 pm

I was fortunate to find a great little black dress a few years ago. It has been to many weddings and a few funerals.

Rebecca April 28, 2021 at 12:56 pm

Great tips! I’m definitely a handbag junkie, so that’s got my top vote!

Pauline April 28, 2021 at 4:55 pm

Great list! What brand jeans do you recommend? I have a hard time spending $35 on a pair. But you are right; I wear them all the time. I should invest in a good pair.

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