A Solid Investment

December 7, 2008 • Magazine

A Solid Investment

A Solid Investment

Sun, 2008-12-07 12:00

Jacqueline Zenn

Although the current state of the economy leaves much to be desired, I like to focus on the positive – and that is all the amazing sales and deep discounts that are currently happening. Even brands that rarely (if ever) get marked down are available for lower prices, making now the perfect time to pick up pieces that are sure to increase your wardrobe’s value.

When most people think of investment pieces, they think of classic looks in neutral colors that will remain stylish for years – and there is nothing wrong with that line of thought. That said, it is much more fun and you will end up with a much more unique closet if you simply buy the pieces that make your fashionable heart skip a beat.

I’m talking about the insanely gorgeous but seemingly impractical items, like hot pink patent pumps or an intricately beaded cocktail dress. The kind of pieces that are definitely not sensible and that make a strong statement – they may seem like unwise purchases, but they can become your style signature. An added bonus: with all the sales, you can find some amazingly luxurious, well-made pieces for a steal right now, so high end signature items may not be as out of reach as you think.

Here are some of our favorite investment-worthy items:

1. Purple suede Prada Mary Janes, $357 – Mary Janes are a classic look, but these are livened up with a rich violet hue and a scrunched strap. Besides, purple looks fabulous with gray and other cool-toned neutrals.

2. Roberto Cavalli Jeweled Snake Bracelet, $261 – Granted, wearing a glittering snake around your wrist isn’t for everyone, but if it is your thing, this Cavalli bling is certainly a memorable and dramatic option.

3. Catherine Maladrino Cocktail Dress, $297 – A little black dress is eternally chic, but some occasions call for the major impact of something slinky and bright red – and this ruched jersey Catherine Maladrino dress definitely fits the bill.

4. Proenza Schouler Origami Dres, $659 – If avant garde is more your thing, this intricately folded and pleated frock will maintain its edgy cool for years to come.

5. Christian Louboutin Very Brode Pumps, $657 – Elegant and eye-catching with a subtle sexiness, these peep-toes will add a punch to basic black.

6. Botkier Kiki Satchel $272.50 – Metallics are quickly becoming a modern staple, and this Botkier handbag has a burnished (as opposed to foil-bright) look that will hold its appeal.

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