With an eye for designer goods, it’s no surprise I constantly find myself lusting over Gucci bags, Valentino shoes and Delfina Delettrez Jewellery – and yet without the budget of Kim K.W I have to pick and choose what I do and don’t ‘splurge’ on.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying these things are the only things you should splurge on because if you have a Mary Poppins style ‘money well’ then please, splurge at your own accord – and equally if you don’t want to splurge at all then that is okay as well. These are all just tips I’ve come to learn over my few years of collecting designer goods.
Beautiful bags are something that I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of, never ever. They can completely transform an outfit from a simple jeans and t-shirt look to a totally chic outfit grabbing the attention of all. Again, don’t mistake me, I’m not saying only designer bags are good bags, because just the other day I bought the most gorgeous little backpack from Zara but I’m saying designer bags make me happy, and if you want to splurge on something, bags are always a good place to start. If you don’t want to splash out over £500 on a bag to start with, never forget about the equally good quality (yet lower on the price spectrum) brands such as ‘Aspinal of London’ or Michael Kors.
Shoes are always something I think it’s worth spending that extra money on – and not just because I have a Carrie Bradshaw kinda love for shoes – but because if you think about it you spend half your life walking around in shoes and so they need to be of a decent quality so you don’t absolutely ruin your feet. I once bought a pair of pumps from Zara and they had the thinnest sole ever, and so every time I’d wear them I’d get home and my feet would feel like I walked over a bed of nails (no exaggeration) and so from then on I decided that paying extra would benefit both my style but also my feet, right. Again, I’m not saying go and buy a £400 pair of trainers (although they may be nice) but look in Kurt Geiger and Russell and Bromley first and get a decent pair of shoes that you can rely on to not murder your feet and leave you with war-like blisters.
Coats & Jackets
This is something my mum has always said is worth investing in, a good coat. Whether that be a leather jacket, a blazer or a trench coat, spending the extra money on a good reliable coat will always be worth it. The need for a good coat is especially necessary in the cold climate of the UK where it would be a crime to leave the house without a blanket-like-coat to protect you from the harsh chill. My ultimate goal would be to splurge on a Balmain blazer, but until then I’ll stick with splurging on coats and jackets from places like Zara and All Saints that sell just as good quality coats.
So, if you ever do look at your wardrobe and decide you want to splurge on something, I would always suggest starting with a bag, shoes or jacket because they are all things that tend to stay with you regardless of the latest trends – making the splurge well worth the money – and meaning you will most likely to be using your purchase for years to come.
What would you splurge on?
Words by Maija Lily
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