I think it’s no secret that I’m partial to a designer piece. Whether it’s a fine leather bag, a gorgeous new shoe or a trendy clothing item; I won’t lie, I’m hooked. It all started innocently enough, with just one bag, and then some Louboutins, and then… And then… I have slowly managed to amass a little collection. Whether you own one piece or 10 or 100, I think every girl should have a little slice of designer pie in their wardrobe. So here are my top tips for getting that most coveted article into your mitts - along with some of my favourite must have bits, of course!
Coat - DVF (£778) / Bag - Michael Kors (£170) / Shoes - Saint Laurent (£425) / iPad Mini Case - Gucci (£160) / Trousers - See by Chloé (£95) / Card Holder - Mulberry (£100) / Boots - Acne (£350) / Jacket - Isabel Marant (£410)
Buy less, save more
Yes, the most obvious, but I made a pact with myself quite some time ago to stop wasting my money buying 10 different items in Topshop/Zara/H&M and instead save those pennies to buy one higher priced item. Because, let’s be honest, I already have an overflowing wardrobe, so I don’t need a quantity of items so it’s good to up the quality. It was quite difficult to stop the impulse buying but I think if you sit back and really add up all those little shopping sprees you’ll see how much you’re spending and realise that you could have bought a Mulberry (or two) by now.
Shop the sales
Sign up to all the websites, Selfridges and My-Wardrobe are particular favourites, as they often hold pre season sales. That means that you can pick up the latest pieces as they come in for a fraction of the price. For example, I got some lovely Michael Kors trousers for 50% off after getting an email for Selfridges’ summer pre sale. (Bargain). The Outnet is also a must as a lot of Net-A-Porter’s old stock can be found on here, yes it may be ‘old season’ but it’s still great quality and gorgeous stuff.
Realistically, you won’t be buying a Hermes Birkin straight of the bat. Unless you win the lottery or something, you lucky thing you. So I suggest aiming small. Investing in a lovely card holder (like Sarah – link) is the perfect way to introducing a bit of designer goodness without splashing too much cash. The same goes for technology cases too.
Diffuse the situation
See by Chloe Duffle Bag (£420) / See by Chloe Boots (£395) / Michael Micheal Kors Bag (£240) / Michael Michael Kors Pouch (£85)
Diffusion ranges such as Michael Michael Kors, or See by Chloé are the cheaper sister ranges of the big hitters. No you won’t get the big catwalk hitters here but there is still quality for a slightly more satisfactory price. Simple really.
Keep it simple
When starting your collection, aim for simple, classic pieces. The kind of pieces that will always be in style – like a black bag or a great trench – are a worthwhile investment and you will use over and over again. After all, I like to think of a cost per wear system, and as great as the trendy bright/neon/flashy/etc piece might seem at the time, when it goes out of style very quickly, you’ll just be kicking yourself.
Say no to credit
This one may be an odd one, but I think I’d like to state that I do not have a credit card – I could get myself in to some serious trouble, I think, if I did. It’s far more rewarding (and safer) to save up – whether it takes weeks, months or years – and buy your piece out right. Nobody wants to get in to issues with debt after all!
I think over all, have a bit of fun. Pick something that you will love and treasure forever, and opt for something that will always look great. I think if you are only looking to buy one high ticket item then a bag or shoe is a great option as this will age well with you. After all, you can change size easily when it comes to clothes so to get your longevity, it’s worth thinking about these things.
So the main question is, will you be saving up for a designer object?