COLOR SCHEME - Take a look at your closet and only purchase items that carry well into your existing color-scheme.
CHAMELEON EFFECT - Consider whether the piece is not only timeless, but can also be worn from winter to spring, to summer to fall.
QUALITY - Unfortunately, high priced items don't necessarily translate into high quality items. Forget about the name on the label and ensure quality by inspecting the item. Opt for natural fibers and look for stitching that has been well done. If you see a loose thread, go ahead and pull it. If it comes right off without unraveling part of the item, consider it normal wear-and-tear that won't leave you with a ruined item in the long run. Crooked stitching and hems indicate low quality and a short-life span.
FIT - The most important thing to think about when considering how items fit is making sure you are tailoring to your body type. Steer clear of clothes that hug you too closely or cause you to drown in the fabric. We're big fans of loose, flowy fitting items for just about every body type but always remember: a tailor has the ability to take an item in in a way that allows it to be taken out down the road.
YOUR COST PER WEAR RATE - Calculate your cost-per-wear on your existing closet MVPs. What do you value the most in your closet? How much of your paycheck can you afford to spend on these important items? Use that as your cost-per-wear target for future purchases.
Cost-per-wear isn’t a method to rationalize items you cannot afford, but a tool to use when thinking of a fashion purchase as an investment. Try not to think of fashion investments like stock investments where you expect a monetary return, but rather an investment into your wardrobe- for life. Trying to decide what your next fashion investment will be? After much research we’ve concluded that one of the best pieces that’s worth the splurge is the ever-classic pea coat.