Despite my love for high-end and affordable fashion, I’ve realized how important it is to really invest in durable, timeless pieces. There truly is more long-term joy in your wardrobe when you put your money towards quality over quantity. And it’s an amazing feeling to wear those super well-made or unique items in your closet that make you feel like you’re glowing. However, it can also be hard to know when you should splurge on a designer piece. I talk a lot about where I save vs splurge in my wardrobe, but today, I wanted to go further and share my thought process for how I determine whether an item is worth the investment.
Know what makes it so expensive
There are a number of factors driving the price behind designer pieces. Many times you’re paying for the brand equity of the label as much as the creative design. With higher end clothes, you are getting style innovation you wouldn’t see every day, such as interesting silhouettes, fit, color, cutting-edge textures and textiles, and a unique creative process.
The raw materials of these garments are often expensive themselves, which means your typical luxury, higher-end brand has a much smaller mark-up than fast-fashion. You’ll also notice the same quality in the details and this is what really makes the item worthwhile.
When to say yes
Even with an appreciation for beautifully made clothing, the fact of the matter is that most of us don’t have unlimited budgets and it would be unwise to splurge on everything. Sometimes, I’ll find the most wonderful and to-die-for dress or coat, but I opt against purchasing it because it just doesn’t make sense. The two things I’ll ask myself when deciding whether it’s right to splurge on a designer piece are:
– What am I going to wear it?
– How often am I really going to wear it?
Make sure there’s a real occasion or specific need an item will serve. If you know where you’re going to wear it – and on top of that, think you’re going to wear it often, it’s a no brainer!
I also believe in purchasing clothing that performs, such as a Canada Goose jacket. Some clothes do more than just cover you up – and they’re always worth the investment because at that point, you’re also paying for technology and research.
When to say no
Sometimes we think we need something because it’s touted as a must-have investment piece, but we don’t. For example, I think a fur coat is absolutely essential to my wardrobe, but if you live somewhere warm like LA – or it just isn’t within your defined realm of style – say no to the expensive designer version of it.
Also remember that not all luxury labels are created equal. I think it’s important to really get to know a brand and stand behind it before you start investing. And of course, I always recommend responsible shopping – or keeping your bank account happy first.
Saks Off Fifth Ruffle Top (recommend adding yourself to the wait list, also similar here and here)
Dior Lucky Locket Necklace (similar here and here)
GRLFRND Denim (wearing a 23 – runs TTS)
Christian Louboutin White Heels (similar here, better for budget here)