Fast Fashion vs. Investment Pieces

Fast Fashion vs. Investment Pieces


So… I like nice things. Who doesn’t? But I haven’t always been able to afford the designer duds I so desperately wanted. And to be quite honest, I still can’t get everything I want. While I’d love to be able to walk into a Chanel and buy a bag on the spot, it’s just not my reality. To get my pricey pieces, I plan…I save…and then I make it a reality when the time is right!


One of the skills I learned over the years is how to shop smart. That means planning for investment pieces, but also saving by indulging in fast fashion. What do I mean by fast fashion? I’m referring to the fashionable retailers such as Zara, H&M, and others who offer style, but at an affordable price that won’t break the bank. So, the trick is being discerning about what I choose to spend on, and what I want to save for. For example, special occasion shoes, and classic bags are at the top of my “investment piece” list. If you treat them right, you can have them for years and get a lot of wear out of a pricier item- take that YSL evening bag with the gold chain seen in the photo above. I also don’t mind splurging on classic clothing items that I’ll have in my closet for years to come, or items that require quality fabric and impeccable fit. For example, I just splurged on some classic black tuxedo pants that fit to a T, and I can wear them for events, client meetings, date nights…you name it. The price tag was worth it to me, because I believe in the quality and the fit.


On the other hand, I love adding fun and flexibility to my wardrobe with items that allow me to be less precious about their wear, and I don’t feel guilty about the cost. For instance, take the hot pink velvet clutch also seen in the photo above. It was a spur of the moment Banana Republic buy that didn’t cost an arm and a leg, but allows me to add a pop of color (and a fun fabric) to an outfit. I also indulge in fast fashion pieces such as party dresses, dark jeans (H&M’s are my fav) or trendy items such a ruffled tops or off-the-shoulder dresses. Zara is also great for simple pieces such as black blazers, or the summer’s hottest sandal!


Whatever I’m buying, I always want to feel like my item is worth the price on the tag. Having the flexibility to spend on fun pieces, and save for investment pieces has helped my closet grow in the right direction. And now I’ve got some great classics that will last me for years to come!


What do you dolls think? Do like to splurge on investment pieces, or have fun playing with fast fashion? Or maybe you’re like me, and want a balance. Share your thoughts in the comments below!


  • Sharon Wu
    March 13, 2017 5:33 am

    shopping smart is totally up my alley! i believe in investing in some statement pieces but also just having some that are fast-fashion pieces as well. it’s all about the balance! xo, sharon

    • brownpaperdoll
      March 16, 2017 7:29 pm

      I’m totally of the same frame of mind! Thanks for reading Sharon! Xo

  • emily t
    March 15, 2017 12:13 am

    Oh man! I remember that pink clutch. Didn’t you have it in turquoise too? Or did i?? I miss it. #goodtimes

    • brownpaperdoll
      March 16, 2017 6:52 pm

      I love that bag! It’s stood the test of time for sure. You were the turquoise! As pre-determined by our “Heathers” colors. Xo

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