Investment Piece by Shannon

Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Hey! It's Shannon from Style with Shannon. One of the things I truly believe in is investing in a few quality items of clothing that will last you for years. Why do I believe this? Before I was married, I had more money to spend on myself. I bought some "expensive" pieces of clothing that are still going strong 8, 9, 10 years later. You see, if you spend $200 on something that could last you 10 years, it only ends up being $20 a year. One of the things I like to do on my blog is to show how to style an item of clothing many different ways. Here is one I did with a J.Crew silk blouse.

Look 1
J.Crew jeans, Nordstrom Rack shoes, borrowed Forever 21 necklace
I love this one because it's something I could wear hanging out with my boys but it's still fashionable. Any blouse can be dressed down by pairing it with a pair of great jeans and flats.


Look 2
borrowed vintage skirt, Nordstrom shoes
This is something you could wear to a wedding, play, or church. I'm loving midi skirts right now! This one I'm wearing is borrowed from a friend. You need to be careful with the midi skirt because it can make you look short and boxy. Make your legs look as long as you can by pairing it with heels. Show the smallest part of you by tying the blouse like I did here or by wearing a belt.

Look 3
Charlotte Russe skirt, Express belt, Sam Edelman shoes
This look is a copy from a picture I saw in a J.Crew store. I found the skirt for $16.99 and dyed it. Tone-on-tone is a fresh way to mix up your wardrobe. Here is a little tip for you this season... RIT DYE IS YOUR FRIEND! Color is everywhere this year. Don't pay the high price for a trend that won't be around forever. Get a cheap version of what you want in a lighter color and dye it.


Look 4
Banana Republic pants, J.Crew shoes, borrowed Forever 21 clutch
I think this one is my favorite! It's classy, casual, and put together all at once! Pairing the blouse with slacks is perfect for work but adding the clutch makes it fun for a night on the town. Pair a classic look with a fun accessory to give it some edge.

28 comments :

  1. i love this post! i invested in a navy blue silk shirt from j. crew earlier this fall thinking i would get a lot of wear out of it but i've been i little slow starting to style it. these four looks are all so different (unlike my typical routine of shirt tucked into high-waisted skirt...yawn!) and i love getting such great inspiration.
    many thanks to both of you for a great post!

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  2. What a great post! And she looks great in all the options.

    www.mrsrogero.blogspot.com

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  3. It's gorgeous and definitely something worth paying the $ for! Love all of the different looks. 

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  4. Do you know what brand your loafers in the first picture are? I love them and have been looking for loafers for awhile.

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  5. Hi Shannon! Great job with all the looks they are all very different and chic, never thought mint shirt could be so versatile!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  6. i love that blouse! the top outfit is my favorite.

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  7. That shirt is absolutely gorgeous! I love how you styled it so many different ways!
    xo,
    peppermintandivy.blogspot.com

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  8. Wow! She is so beautiful. I definitely agree with her advice.

    www.geekettegazette.com
    www.thegirlieblog.com

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  9. I am obsessed with blouses at the moment. They are so elegant and versatile! I love how you styled the first look with the jeans and necklace. I am dying for a pair of slippers like that.
    xo

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  10. Lovely shade, I can see why it's a staple. I have a few pieces I spent more on that I still wear, but they are mostly outerwear.

    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
    I'm having a giveaway...

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  11. Oh my goodness, I love that blouse. Beautiful color and style. I love each & every look!

    www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

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  12. Great post. I think look four is my favorite look as well.

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  13. WOW! Amazing shirt!

    xo
    rachelsayumi.blogspot.com

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  14. Love pieces that can be worked many ways!! That shirt is def a statement piece!!

    http://fashunbeesdaily.blogspot.com/

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  15. I LOVE this color on you and actually love this top as well!

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  16. that shirt is gorgeous! I'm definitely going to see if I can find one similar to it. 

    Joy
    thedustbunny-joy.blogspot.com

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  17. The first outfit is my favorite!!!

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  18. They are 14th & Union. They are a great price. I got them at Nordstrom Rack about 6 weeks ago.

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  19. Thanks sooo much for all your nice comments!

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  20. She looks just fab and that is a great piece!

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  21. I'm definitely saving up some money for a few foundation pieces.  It just seems like such a good investment.

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  22. I especially like the look with the midi skirt and the last one with the grey pants. 

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  23. I never would have expected such a unique color to be so versatile! I love each one of these looks and am absolutely in love with the color of this great investment piece! :)

    <3 The Daily Dani

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  24. I agree, look 4 is totally my fav too! Love the relaxed feel!

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  25. inspired.
    could you do a post on what things are worth investing in/ which brands to choose?
    i'm afraid i'll pay good $$$ for a pieces that doesn't last that long.
    i've boughten other things from jcrew that my old navy things have out lasted.

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  26. I agree. I have gotten Tees from J.crew that do not last!!!! I've never had a problem with a blouse or jeans/pants. I just got a Tee from j.crew as a gift and I love it but I worry about how much I can wear it. I will do a post soon on what brands and store I have found to be good quality.

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  27. I definitely agree with investing, but I think it's super important to know your style before you do so and don't buy trendy things for this reason or eat without an apron. I'm just saying. I also think this principle can apply to thrifted/vintage items because if they've lasted this long they probably have some staying power.

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