{Must Have Investment Pieces for Women & Men on a Budget}

Austin blogger DTKAustin shares her top investment picks for him and her on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Watches from Diesel and Marc Jacobs are perfect pieces. Click for more information and photos.

In the fashion world there is a lot of talk about investment pieces and a lot of opinions on what is actually considered an investment piece. One person could consider an Hermes bag an investment bag, where someone else would consider a Chanel bag to be an investment and others could think a $200-$500 bag would be an investment. Investments are a loose term these days depending on a lot of factors in someone’s life so I am going to try and cover the basis on what is considered an investment piece and what you should be focusing on investing; for him AND her.

Just keep in mind, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have an amazing wardrobe. Focus on the pieces that are worth the investment and start there. My number one suggestion when investing in something is quality over quantity. You want to focus on pieces that will last you years and not just through a season. The items should be seasonless and always a classic piece. I’ve compiled 2 collages below, one for women and one for men with a perfect example of affordable investment pieces from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. There’s no better time to shop for some of these pieces than now, while everything is on sale! Prices go up August 6, so don’t wait too long.

Click any item on the collage below to shop directly.

1. Find a staple coat for Fall, something that will last you multiple seasons. Make sure you pay attention to fit and sizing especially if you are wanting to layer sweaters underneath. Focus on finding a classic, solid color like black, grey or a tan so they will go with everything you throw on. Don’t source out something that is too dressy either; you want to be able to wear it with casual clothing as well or even over your workout clothes, if needed.

2. If you’re like me you can’t live without your sunglasses. This is something I will actually spend money on. I’m sure most of y’all have noticed the same Gucci sunnies I have worn for years… I paid $325 for those FOUR years ago and they are still going strong. I’m not one to lose my sunglasses so I can justify that type of purchase.

3. Finding high quality watches is something I highly recommend. Personally, I have been investing in nice watches since my early 20s and haven’t regretted my decision. There is nothing wrong with wearing less expensive watches but it’s always nice to have a prized possession like a gorgeous Rolex or Cartier that will literally last you a lifetime.

4. Jewelry is always a tough one to justify splurging on. I definitely have my fare share of costume jewelry but I also have beautiful diamonds and more expensive pieces that I wear everyday and don’t take them off such as my diamond earrings or my diamond snake necklace. Not every piece of jewelry needs to be extremely expensive but it’s nice to have a piece that isn’t going to turn your neck or arm colors if you start sweating. Pick something that is timeless!

5. The number 1 thing I splurge on during Fall are multiple pairs of leather boots mainly because I ONLY wear boots in the cooler weather. My go-to last year were my Frye boots and Vince Camuto OTKs. I’m sure most of y’all are thinking Vince Camuto isn’t an investment but honestly, these boots are normally almost $200 and high quality. I’ve had some of my VC boots for years!!

6. A great leather tote is a must have for women. I’ve had my fair share of cheapie totes that I absolutely love, but after using them for a couple of months they just start looking worn and start falling apart. If I am headed to a meeting or even traveling I opt for a nicer leather tote. They will always dress up an outfit and they will last for years and years. Stick with a classic color and you’re good to go.

7. Lastly, stock up on beauty products!! I would normally never add this to an investment post, but honestly, some of the best beauty products are splurge worthy. Yes, there are plenty that work great from drug stores but there are also so many that are a little more expensive that I’ve seen amazing results with.

Click any item on the collage below to shop directly.

1. First things first… Guys, invest in a nice suit. I don’t care if you wear it once or twice a year, go get a nice, tailored suit. When the time comes that you need a suit, its always too late and you’re wearing something that doesn’t even fit anymore. It happens more times than not and most people are left scrambling. OR if you just refuse to buy a suit, then invest in a classic sport coat that will go with a nice pair of jeans.

2. Speaking of nice jeans. Y’all need to buy a classic pair of dark jeans that fit amazing! Grayson literally has 2 pairs of jeans, one he wears everyday and the other for dressier occasions. A nice pair of jeans can really make an outfit and there are so many great options on sale right now!

3. I don’t know many guys that refuse to wear a watch other than my husband but they are such a staple piece in a man’s wardrobe. There was always someone that told me, from a young age, to always pay attention to the type of watch a guy is wearing because you can tell a lot from that. I’m not sure what that means for Grayson, but hey, it worked out! Anyway, I know men love their watches and I am telling you now, don’t skimp on that!

4. Let’s talk belts. I feel like in Austin, belts just aren’t as necessary as they used to be since no one dresses up here but if you are planning to dress up or even dress down with your shirt tucked in, wear a belt. Personally, I always notice belts and am even more impressed if I notice a guy has taken the time to invest in a nice belt.

5. Shoes are arguably the most important investment a man can make in his closet. Your main goal with finding shoes is finding shoes that are made to last. In the collage above I listed a pair of Wolverine 1000 mile leather boots. Where do you think they got that name? You can literally walk in them for 1000 miles and they will still be in great shape. These boots go with anything and everything, dressy or casual. They’re currently on sale for $278 from $415. Seriously y’all, now’s the time.

6. Ok, I know this is something guys REFUSE to invest their money on but I am telling you to DO IT NOW. Invest in beauty products! I don’t know many guys who actual apply sunscreen on a daily basis or even wrinkle creams. Guys, get on it. Ya, y’all age way more gracefully than women but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of your skin.

7. Just like beauty products, I think people forget the need for a quality pair of sunglasses. I feel like most people go shopping for sunnies as a fashion statement but the main purpose of wearing sunglasses is to shield your eyes and cover the thinnest skin on your body from harsh sun rays. Polarized sunglasses are an even better option, especially if you are splurging a little more.

Outfit Details:

On Ashley – 

Top – Nordstrom // Jeans – AG Jeans (Similar HERE)

Shoes – Dolce Vita (Similar HERE) // Watch – Marc Jacobs

Handbag – Chanel (Similar HERE) // Sunglasses – Nordstrom // Bracelets – Gorjana

On Grayson – 

Shirt – Bonobos // Jeans – AG

Shoes – Timberland // Watch – Diesel

Sunglasses – Oliver Peoples (Similar HERE)

Austin blogger DTKAustin shares her top investment picks for him and her on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Watches from Diesel and Marc Jacobs are perfect pieces. Click for more information and photos. | best investment clothing pieces | how to buy affordable clothing that will last | tips for buying investment pieces for your wardrobe | upgrading your wardrobe on a budget || Dressed to Kill

Austin blogger DTKAustin shares her top investment picks for him and her on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Watches from Diesel and Marc Jacobs are perfect pieces. Click for more information and photos. | best investment clothing pieces | how to buy affordable clothing that will last | tips for buying investment pieces for your wardrobe | upgrading your wardrobe on a budget || Dressed to Kill

Austin blogger DTKAustin shares her top investment picks for him and her on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Watches from Diesel and Marc Jacobs are perfect pieces. Click for more information and photos. | best investment clothing pieces | how to buy affordable clothing that will last | tips for buying investment pieces for your wardrobe | upgrading your wardrobe on a budget || Dressed to Kill

Austin blogger DTKAustin shares her top investment picks for him and her on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Watches from Diesel and Marc Jacobs are perfect pieces. Click for more information and photos. | best investment clothing pieces | how to buy affordable clothing that will last | tips for buying investment pieces for your wardrobe | upgrading your wardrobe on a budget || Dressed to Kill

Austin blogger DTKAustin shares her top investment picks for him and her on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Watches from Diesel and Marc Jacobs are perfect pieces. Click for more information and photos. | best investment clothing pieces | how to buy affordable clothing that will last | tips for buying investment pieces for your wardrobe | upgrading your wardrobe on a budget || Dressed to Kill

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43 Comments

  • Reply
    Pam Dorrell
    July 20, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Great article with great recommendations!

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    Kate
    July 20, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Such cute pictures girlfriend! And love the pieces you picked!

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    Laura
    July 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Great recommendations! I always look for great but affordable boots, that will last me a season or two. I’m so hard on my shoes because I walk heel first but I found if I spend between $75-$150 on a good pair of boots they can last at least two seasons!

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    Anna English
    July 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Great picks! My boyfriend definitely stocked up during this sale!

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    Cassie Rea
    July 20, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    I totally agree! A leather tote and sunglasses are two of my most used items. Great picks, doll!
    XOXO, Cassie Rea
    http://www.cassierea.com

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    Natasha Stoneking
    July 20, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    sending this to my hubby ASAP… he needs some new goodies for fall!!!

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    megan
    July 20, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    yesss girl! love these picks! I definitely believe in investing in a quality coat, leather bag, and boots! also – you and your man look fab!

    xo megan

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    Nicole Green
    July 20, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Love that you broke down what items are worth investing in and omg I love your hair!!

  • Reply
    Ruthie
    July 21, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Okayyyyy yall are my FAVORITE!!! I love allll of your posts! Always so fun and informative!! Yall are too cute for words tho!! LOVE

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    Pam Dorrell
    July 21, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Can’t wait to see more pics of y’all and read Grayson’s comments on your life as a blogger.

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      Ashley Hargrove
      July 21, 2017 at 1:12 am

      It’s pretty funny!! I’m going to work on it this weekend. 🙂

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    Saskia Ciliberto
    July 21, 2017 at 9:12 am

    You are totally right, you don’t need a ton of money to have an amazing wardrobe.
    Love the items you pointed out. <3

    SASKIA CILIBERTO

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    Laura Leigh
    July 21, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Such a great round up of items! I love these shots of y’all too!!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

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    Azanique Rawl
    July 21, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    The watches are so cute! I definitely agree this is a good time to stock up on major purchases that will last a lifetime.

    – xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

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    Jessica
    July 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Such cute photos! For me the best investment pieces from the Nordstrom sale have been button downs for him and jeans and boots for me! We ALWAYS stock up!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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    Taylor Aube
    July 21, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    This post is so stylish! I love everything here 🙂
    http://stopdropandvogue.com

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    Annaliese
    July 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    What a good round up of investment pieces! I have bought Tory riding boots twice before in this sale which I love.

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    Steph
    July 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    This is such a great post! You can never go wrong with a good watch.

    xo,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

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    maria
    July 21, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    i am loving this plaid top on you!!

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    Jenna Colgrove
    July 21, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    i have been trying to get matt to do a mens posts for WEEKS!!

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    jcrewismyfavstore
    July 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I love these recommendations! Both of you look fantastic!

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    Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary
    July 21, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    So many good things at the Nordstrom sale! 🙂

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    Ashley Zeal
    July 22, 2017 at 1:36 am

    OMG you guys are the cutest!

  • Reply
    adriana
    July 22, 2017 at 2:02 am

    I LOVE this!! This Nordstrom Sale is such a great time to grab some investment pieces! I love all of your picks!

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    Kasey | Running in Heels
    July 22, 2017 at 2:50 am

    I totally agree on the tote and the bag! Such necessities to invest in!

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    KatWalkSF
    July 22, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Such a smart post! Thanks for sharing!

    -Kat
    http://www.katwalksf.com/

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    Kimberly Smith
    July 22, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    That black faced watch is gorgeous & I think I need it now!

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    Nataly
    July 22, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I am loving those pieces! How fun that you got Greyson involved in your photoshoot! I want my hubby to get more involved too!

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    Nicky
    July 22, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Love this shoot! And the women long coat is perfection!!
    Nicky x
    http://www.nickyinsideout.com

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    Adaleta
    July 23, 2017 at 1:24 am

    These are amazing items!! Perfect to have those staple pieces!

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    Rachel Li
    July 23, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Love this shoot of you guys, super cool! Also your picks are very useful!!

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    Sydney
    July 23, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Love the black double breasted coat. A great coat to dress up or dress down.

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    Maggie
    July 23, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Aww you guys are so cute!! Great post!

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

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    Sarah K Tripp
    July 23, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Leather boots and a designer bag are always my faves!

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    Meghan
    July 23, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I am loving these recommendations!! You guys are so cute too!

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    Morgan Klein
    July 23, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Such a great post! I loved reading this & you are so right !

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    Anna Baun
    July 23, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Y’all are so adorable! And I’m slightly obsessed with that Fall coat! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

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    Taylor Ann
    July 24, 2017 at 12:48 am

    This is a great post. I love your choices, especially for the guys!

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    Julien
    July 24, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Love these couple pics!! And loved that you included gift ideas for guys too – thanks!!

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    Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
    July 24, 2017 at 2:45 am

    You two are too cute!!

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    Lindsey
    July 24, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Love the picks for men!!

    Lindsey
    http://www.seamlesssea.com

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    Taylor Mobley
    July 24, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I love these picks — I need to show them to my husband!

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    elise
    July 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    your investment pieces are SO on point!! this is totally what I would invest in too.

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