With fashion week setting the styles for Fall/Winter 2014 and this spring’s hottest trends about to be printed in their glossy March magazine glory, the time is ripe for a discussion about investment pieces. You could drop $525 on Rebecca Minkoff’s Tall Gladiator Sandals, the Rita High Heel, if that suits your style, but is it really worth it just to own a statement piece off the Spring 2014 runway? When debating a pricey purchase, my mother always asks me what dollar amount I would assign to each wear or use of the item. With that determined, she tells me to divide the total cost by my per use worth. If I would wear the coveted fashion object at least that many times, then the piece is at least “worth” the asking price to me. This often deters purchases of trendy, statement pieces that will fall out of style in a few seasons, and rationalizes purchasing an investment piece. Since certain looks never truly fall out of style, they gain worth the more you wear them. Ultimately, these pieces form the backbone of your wardrobe because they can be carried over from season to season. Like any other investment, fashion staples take time. Barring lottery winnings, a fortune isn’t amassed in a single night, and a stylish wardrobe isn’t purchased in one shopping trip. Lacking an expiration date, you can search for these pieces for years, waiting for a sale or until you found the exact item you are looking for. A plan helps with payment too, because you’ll want to put in a decent sized chunk of change for an item that oozes quality. Knowing that the pair of soft, hand-stitched Italian leather loafers you purchased can be repaired and protected makes them a lot less frivolous than gladiator sandals that appear to trap your legs in an impossible series of casings.