When I reflect on my career as a fashion blogger, I am often astounded by how quickly things have evolved. There are undoubtedly some things I wish I had known about wardrobe construction before. For example, rather than buying ten versions of a high-street alternative that is updated every season, I would rather spend the money on an investment piece that I would wear often. To be honest, the advantages of making sure my purchases make sense in the long term have definitely paid off. So, instead of the normal trend themes, I thought I’d share some of the most significant style lessons I’ve learned, as well as how you may approach luxury buying on any budget.
Make a wish list
In recent years, I’ve been maintaining a running list of all the luxury products I desire, which has proven to be game changer. It not only helps me remember what I should be saving for, but it also drives me to avoid enticing trends. With Instagram making fashion so accessible these days, practically any luxury bag or brand name might cause FOMO if you don’t possess it. The beautiful thing about having a wish list is that I can mark items off without buying them since I recognize when I’m succumbing to hype. Shopping from a list has helped me create a wardrobe that I am proud of and like wearing now.
Starting with a purse or pair of shoes
When it comes to making an investment, I usually recommend beginning with a fantastic purse or a pair of shoes. Because they stay up so well even if you’re not as careful with them, these items will help you to see the power of investment pieces. Classic styles like tote bags and shoes in neutral colors are always good investments. You may also look at designer labels and trademark pieces that are designed to be timeless. Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Gucci, and Gianvito Rossi are among my favorite designers.
Invest in long-lasting fabrics
My buying habits in my 30s are quite different from those in my 20s. Great textiles that transcend seasons, such as genuine leather, silk, linen, cotton, wool, and cashmere, are really important to me. All of these materials improve with age as long as they are properly cared for. That explains why my Balmain blazer, as well as my Burberry trench coat and scarf, are so sought after.
Create a budget and go from there
Indulging in luxury items may be an impulsive (and risky) activity, especially if you are on a limited budget, therefore having a budget is essential. You should decide how much money you are prepared to spend and then stick to it. On the subject of budgeting, I advocate putting money aside in a separate account for designer splurges. It causes you to think more carefully about what you’re purchasing.