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Spring/Summer 2015 - When It's Ok to Invest in a Trend





If one more person tells me that I am going to be swanning around in a full length kaftan, with gladiator flats and a floppy hat, I may well flip them the peace sign.

I will not be doing the 70's this coming season.  I like the vibe, but on other people - probably those that weren't around to suffer the ignominious disaster of the actual 70's fashions as a child.  

There are two trends, though, that I'm excited about for Spring and Summer.  And these trends got me thinking that they were not actually trends at all - in fact they are very classic "looks" that probably deserve to be represented in your closet by an investment piece or two.




The trends are Stripes and The White Shirt.

See?

They're not new (though of course, nothing is every truly new when it comes to fashion, everyone is inspired by someone or something), but they have been update, rehashed, reshaped, whatever.

On researching these two upcoming trends, it struck them that because they are still timeless, elegant and appealing to the majority of sizes and shapes of women, it's ok to invest some cold, hard cash in them.

I'm all for enjoying the latest trends (though I choose them carefully nowadays - sorry, suede fringing, you're not making my hitlist) and making the most of the seriously fast fashion that is in and out of stores literally within weeks.

But, sometimes, it's ok to invest in a piece that you know you will wear for seasons to come.  I'm not just talking about good quality leather bags or boots, though both of those are indeed worth the investment.  I'm thinking about timeless pieces that will work in your wardrobe throughout all of the seasons and for a variety of occasions.

When you can afford it. 
If you and your bank account are not feeling the love for one another, then it's probably not the right time to start thinking about buying investment pieces for your closet. 


When the trend is timeless.
Like these two trends for Spring and Summer, it's wise to invest in trends that you know will fit into your wardrobe whether they're trendy or not.  A fabulous striped dress, like this one from Bec and Bridge from Tuchuzy is absolute perfection.  Treat it well and it will last you a good few seasons.

   
Invest in a trend the Fashionable mum
C'est La Vie Dress, Bec & Bridge, $220, Tuchuzy



When you know the trend will suit you.
As you know, I'm a huge fan of stripes so I'd be pretty sure this dress is going to look good on me.  But even if a trend is classic (like a white shirt) if you don't like the way you look in it, then it's not the time to buy.


When the trend works with the rest of your closet.
I know this dress would work well with lots of other things that I own and for lots of occasions,  for example:

Out for dinner with peeptoe boots and layered necklaces.
Meeting friends for lunch with a denim jacket and skate shoes.
A fashion show with my black/leopard print heels and a blazer.
A shopping date with black Birkenstocks and a leopard print cardigan.


Remember:

Investment level is different for everyone.
To some women, spending over a $100 on one item is an investment.  They usually shop at the cheaper end of the spectrum and spending that sum seems like a big deal.  So they choose wisely.

To some women, spending over $500 on one item is an investment.  They might usually shop in the mid range high street stores and spending that sum seems like a big deal.  So they choose wisely, too.

Everyone is different.  To me spending $220 on a dress makes it an investment piece that I'd want to get a great deal of wear out of.


You're supporting designers and artisans.
When you buy a higher value item, you're supporting those brands who invest in superior fabric, and design and the item you buy is going to be well crafted and last the test of time.  It's fabulous to be able to support Australian brands, too.

What do you think?  Is your closet a mix of fast fashion and investment pieces, like mine?

*This post is sponsored by Tuchuzy, one of Australia's principal fashion meccas.  You can shop online with them here.  All opinions are my own.

4 comments:

  1. Yay! I was beginning to think I was the only person in the world that doesn't love caftans. Or is it kaftans. Whatevs - they just don't suit me!

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  2. I don't have any stripes :/ but i do have a white shirt, phew, sort of on trend then. :) I think key investment pieces are a good idea.

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  3. My closet is a random collection of things. I don't know if I'll be on trend in spring and summer, but I rarely am. I am so glad winter is coming to an end though, because all my long sleeved tees are at the end of their life.

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  4. I am not down for much of the oncoming 70s trends . . . I may have been only around for 2 years of them but did the revival in the 90s and not sure I can manage again!

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