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What’s the first investment item you ever bought? Do you still own and wear it?

(I hate the word “investments” for clothes by the way.)

When I first had my interviews, I bought suits. Lots of suits. Pant suits, skirt suits, I bought them all with matching jackets and sold most of them except for ONE.

I still have this ONE tweed charcoal grey pant and skirt suit from Jacob I bought for $200 as a set (very very expensive for a college graduate), and I STILL WEAR IT TO INTERVIEWS.


If you ever see me in an interview, I basically have the same outfit I’ve ever worn to every interview in the past 8 years and only the shoes and accessories have changed.

The last time I tried to put on the suit though, it was a bit obscene as I put on some weight, but I think it fits again now….

Other than that, I don’t have “investment” pieces. I just have classic pieces I keep wearing over and over again.


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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

Am my own Sugar Daddy. Am a millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I have 11 side incomes that are on track in 2020 to make me $50K - $75K. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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  1. Escape to MI

    My first real investment was in a pair of black patent Manolo Blahnik Mary Jane’s in summer 2009. They’ve been resoled and fortunately repaired after an unfortunate incident on the cobblestones of Paris (and a few of the most delicious peach bellini’s I’ve ever tasted). They cost about $700 and I didn’t wear them for ages because I couldn’t believe how much I’d spent on a pair of shoes (I earned about $85K USD at the time). They’re still in great shape and I wore them to work 3 days last week. I also wore my first “investment” trench in the rain last week (Burberry – 2011) and every summer I still carry my first Balanciaga bag (it’s white circa 2011, hence only for summer).

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Honestly these things DO make me feel better and walk taller so … psychological or not, It works.

  2. Anne

    I almost didn’t read this, as I too hate the word “investment” when talking about clothing… At my first job, I was invited to an embassy I had been cooperating with and bought a good quality pant suit. During that year, I wore it three or four times in similar situations, but then I got another job and didn’t need formal clothes anymore. I had the suit in my closet for a decade just in case, but donated it as I realised that it was no longer my style.

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      🙂 I keep my suit in case of an interview… but I guess I could do away with it and wear a dress nowadays.


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