To buy or not to buy? – Spending money on fashion
I thought sooo long about the headline for this post. I wanted to talk to you about which fashion items are worth the splurge, how to safe up for them and not coming off as if clothing is the number one important thing in life. Because it simply isn’t. But what it is, is a way to express ourselves, to be unique and treat ourselves with a few luxury items. Whether that’s a 40€ t-shirt (which I think is a lot of money for a t-Shirt), a 800€ Louis Vuitton bag or just something we’ve really been wanting for some time and feel like it is a special luxury piece to ourselves. A lot of us have that one bag or pair of shoes, we have had on our wish list for years. And even though it is a long process, I feel like saving up for a particular item and paying for it all by yourself makes it even more special. Or getting it as a total surprise present makes it so precious (I literally cried when I got my first Louis Vuitton Speedy!).
What’s important to me personally, is that you don’t loose track of your everyday life while saving for something you really want (no matter if it’s a fashion item, a house, a car, a vacation…). To me, eating healthy and having a beautiful home is more important than any bag or pair of shoes could ever be. These two things are such essential parts of my everyday life and I am so happy, every time I come home from 10 hours of work and open the door to my pretty apartment with nice furniture and lovely decoration. Also, eating healthy is what defines the person I am on a daily basis because I only have this one body and I don’t want to fuel my engine with bad quality food. “Du bist was du isst”: You are what you eat. So TRUE!
So yes, prioritzing is really important and helps to figure out how much money you want to spent on what. Also, I always consider how much wear I get out of items. Not necessarily the cost-per-wear calculation but I’m thinking about how long a piece is going to last, if and how I can get it fixed in case something breaks etc, and how it is going to wear. That way, you get a good value-for-money item rather than getting an overpriced fashionable piece which will be out of style next season. Which, by the way, you can hardly ever re-sell. Especially when you are looking for your first designer piece, I’d always suggest a leather or canvas bag (durable, versatile, you’ll get a lot wear out of it) from a brand that’s been around for a while. Yes, that means more than 20 years… Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel and Saint Laurent bags will hold their value way better over time than Celine, Chloe or Michael Kors.
Also, don’t settle for less! If you’ve been really really wanting a Gucci bag, do not buy the Michael Kors on sale just because with one eye shut and two shots of vodka it might look like the ugly cousin of the Gucci Dionysus. Just don’t do that. Resist, safe up and get your dream item. I’ve talked about bags as investment items a lot and that’s due to a good reason: YOU control how they wear. As opposed to shoes, which touch the ground, they get dirty, it rains, people step on your feet and no one is really keen on wearing pre-owned shoes so the re-sell value is pretty low. Again, I only buy expensive shoes if I know they are going to be in style for many seasons, I don’t wear them out clubbing or under bad weather conditions and I only get them, when they are on sale. BUT (here’s the big but), if your dream is not a YSL bag but a pair of Louboutins, then, by all means, gor for them!
So in the pictures, I have captured my favorite investment pieces and these are all designer bags from well-known brands in classic styles. I could easily recommend every single one of those bags because they fulfill all my criteria from above 😉 However, if you’re looking for your first designer bag purchase, I’d go for the LV Pochette. It is totally underrated because it is the perfect size to wear it crossbody AND on the shoulder. The canvas is super durable, it holds quite a lot of stuff and LV customer service, from my experience, is exceptional. And the price point is pretty good, too: 380€ or 500$.
I guess the bottom line of this post is, to really consider what luxury fashion pieces you spent your money on and not get carried away. Yes, we all love fashion, and yes, designer stuff is sometimes to die for but make sure to consider such a big purchase wisely and be smart about it. At the end of the day, you and no one else gets to decide what to spend your money on.