When it comes to investing in designer goods, it can tricky to decide what’s really worth it -and what should be passed on. So before I make a purchase, there are a few factors that I always take into consideration, which include the cost-per-wear as well as the resell value. In most cases, I try to invest in pieces that I know will either maintain its price or increase in value. This is important even if you don’t plan to ever sell an investment piece because the resale value can give you an idea of how well something holds its value and also show you how timeless it actually is. To me, an investment-worthy piece is one that retains at least 70%-80% of their original MSRP.
Although it’s hard to accurately predict which pieces will be trending from one season to the next, we can look at previous seasons to see how certain brands and products stand against others. I’ve acquired quite a bit of designer pieces over the years and wanted to share the ones that I felt are actually a smart investment for your wardrobe. Keep scrolling to find out what they are.
Chanel bags are beautiful investments that last a lifetime, especially the classic flap bag. Since Chanel bags typically increase in price every few months to a year, you can easily resell them for nearly the same price that you purchased them for. White, black, nude are the best investments since they're timeless and look great with everything.
I own both the Neverfull GM and MM totes – and can honestly say that they are some of the most versatile and durable bags in my collection. They're super roomy, hold a ton of stuff, and look great for any occasion. I especially love traveling with mine.
The Louis Vuitton Keepall is the perfect travel companion. The coated canvas material is so durable and waterproof - and it comes with sturdy leather straps that make it the perfect, long-lasting, all-weather carryall. It's one of Louis Vuitton's best selling pieces and was sold out everywhere in Europe while I was there.
The Hermes Birkin bag is the ultimate status symbol and a popular choice among celebrities. This bag is a great investment because they have a proven ability to retain their value, and some even increase in value depending on the material and demand.
The Hermès belt is a tried-and-true statement piece that stands the test of time. It's also reversible, which means you're sure to get a ton of mileage from it. I love the classic design that's ageless and can be styled to look dressy, chic, or casual.
This bracelet has been one of fashion's most-coveted pieces for years now. The design is so simple yet chic and can be passed down for generations. The bracelet features a unique clasp that must be secured with a special screwdriver that comes with each bracelet.
If you're looking for an understated tote bag that's great for everyday and travel, the Goyard St. Louis Tote is a great option. It’s made from a coated canvas that looks like leather and repels water. It's also incredibly durable and will last for years in your wardrobe.
The So Kate pumps are my most worn pair of designer shoes and they’re still in great condition even though it's been years since I purchased them. I own the black, white, and nude pairs - and can never get enough of them. They're so sleek and sophisticated and will dress up any outfit.
Gucci bags have dominated the fashion scene over the last few years, and the Marmont Camera bag is one option that will also hold its value for seasons to come. I love it as an everyday bag because it's small enough to hold the essentials and can easily be thrown over my shoulders or carried as a clutch.
This monogram shawl from Louis Vuitton is pricey but 100% worth it. I love how it elevates any outfit, drapes perfectly over everything, and always feels warm enough. You'll get a lot of use from it, which makes the cost per wear next to nothing.