Through one of our many discussions on the thread I'm part of on the PurseForum, the topic of the 'forever item', or 'investment piece' was brought up and it was pointed out that there is no such thing as forever, or the perfect item. That got me thinking and I asked myself what 'forever' and 'investment' meant to me when it came to my wardrobe.
Ideally, 'forever' and 'investment' meant that an item (usually carrying a heavy price tag) would be something that I won't be replacing for a very long time - supposedly, forever. Before I became more conscientious about my purchases, the idea of a forever or investment piece was appealing and I thought that once I had it, I would never have to buy it again. That's actually how I justified my first premier designer bag - my Gucci Pelham in Cognac, which at the time, I bought because, and I remember this clearly, I "will never have to buy another bag again, because it is the perfect bag for me, and it's an investment." Well, after years of being too afraid to use it because I didn't want to damage it, and 70+ other 'forever' bags, I only started to use it after owning it for almost ten years. TEN YEARS! That IS almost forever isn't it? So I guess forever means it sits in my closet forever, never used, until I pass it down to my daughter, who may also never use it. What is a good investment? Nope, not at all!
An investment piece, or like any other investment in life, is making your money work for you - if something is working for me and adding value to my life, that is truly an investment. No matter how hard I may look for the perfect item that will last me 'forever', it isn't worth it if it just sits there. Now, instead of searching for necessarily a forever item, I'm focusing more on investment pieces - short, or long-term, as long as it's really working for me.
Thanks to my lovely ladies for helping me to realize this!