I don’t do a lot of designer purchases, but when I do, there’s always a good reason (and a huge thought process) behind it.
No, I don’t think designer pieces make you fashionable. At all. That’s pretty much another topic for another day.
But do I still love designer purchases? HELL YEAH.
Today’s post isn’t to talk you into designer purchases, because I know that’s not feasible. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate designer purchases. My dad bought me my very first designer bag: A Gucci hobo bag. I was WAY too young to have a designer bag, but since my older sister was getting one, he bought me one too. (I know, I was too lucky.) Ever since, I’ve always associated designer pieces with my childhood memories…and just a time that was so good. It’s not every day that I get to purchase a designer piece, and all of the pieces I’ve purchased have really great stories or memories associated with them. There are definitely a few things I keep in mind before making that splurge purchase.
Have I really thought about these designers purchases?
One of my biggest rules I have when it comes to making a designer purchase is that I HAVE to think about the purchase. 95% of my purchases are impulse buys, but not my designer pieces. Let’s take my Céline bag, as an example. I’ve had my eye on this bag since 2014. There was just no way I could justify that purchase as a recent college graduate. So I just kept tabs on it. Fast-forward to 2018, and I still had my eyes on that bag. This really meant that when I was ready to make a purchase, this would be the bag I wanted.
When it came time to purchase the bag, I really went back and forth. Sure, it’s easy for people to just swipe their card and not think about designer purchases, but that’s not the case for me. I went back and forth on purchasing a used handbag from sites like this one or just purchasing it brand new. The money I spent on that bag technically could have went to my student loans, but I justified it in another way. I’ve been blogging for quite a long time, almost six years. In 2017, I landed one of my highest paying campaigns. I wanted to remember the feeling of accomplishment, success, and my hard work. So I purchased a brand new Céline belt bag, four years after first laying eyes on it.
Is it too trendy? And if it is, do you care?
When I think of designer purchases, I think of timeless, classic pieces. Pieces that I’ll want around FOREVER. I think most of my more expensive and designer pieces are things that I’ve been wearing for years. When it comes to “trendy” pieces, like my Gucci fur mules, I have to justify the purchase. No ifs, ands, or buts. Much like my Céline bag, I’ve been wanting the Gucci fur mules since I was a junior in college. I remember seeing them on Lauren Elizabeth, and was dying over them. Again, couldn’t justify nor afford the purchase.
When Matt bought me my first pair of Gucci mules for my birthday, I knew I would love them forever. They were so comfortable, and I knew I wanted to add more to my closet. I kept telling myself I would buy the leather fur mules. But I put the purchase off because something was off. I saw someone wearing the velvet mules and knew those were the ones I should get. Of course, this style is NOT for everyone, and yes, they’re quite trendy. But to me, I’ve worn these a SIGNIFICANT amount of times. Honestly, they might be one of the best purchases I’ve ever made in my life. To say this was a good designer investment is an understatement.
eBay and re-sellers could be your best friend!
I used to be TERRIFIED of eBay. But then Krista assured her readers that eBay could be a gal’s best friend (she’s written a lot of posts about eBay, but this one is my favorite). I almost ALWAYS look on eBay for designer goods before making a purchase. I got a great pair of Chanel flats (just needed to get re-soled), and purchased like-new black Gucci mules! The first step to eBay purchasing is to ALWAYS do your research. With me, I already owned Chanel and Gucci shoes, so the purchases were a no brainer to me. For handbags, I’d be a bit more cautious, and definitely pay attention to the return policy for sellers.
Fake it till ya make it?
When I don’t have the money for designer purchases, or am torn about making the purchase, I ALWAYS look for a good dupe. No, not like a Chinatown dupe. Just an “inspired by” dupe. Before I jumped on the mules trend, I tried these mules (in this post here). When I lost my pink Céline sunglasses, I knew I couldn’t purchase another pair, so I bought the next best thing. I’m not afraid to say I’ve purchased designer dupes. A lot of them are just as cute as the designer piece, maybe not the best quality, but they sure look good! A good example of a designer dupe talking me out of the real thing: These booties. I was DYING over the Chloe Suzanna booties for years. YEARS. They are the ultimate cool girl bootie. But that price tag? For a statement piece? No. After wearing the designer dupes for a few months (I still wear them), I realized I didn’t need the Chloe boots. I knew I wasn’t going to wear them nearly enough times to get the cost per wear down. So I’m perfectly content with my dupes. They are still the perfect black statement booties…and you can’t beat that price;)
So moral of today’s post:
- Designer items don’t make you fashionable.
- THINK about what you want to purchase when you finally have the $$$ to make a purchase.
- Don’t be afraid of eBay (just do your homework).
- Designer dupes are OK…and often help you decide if you want the real thing or not.
What are your thoughts on designer purchases? What is your FAVORITE designer purchase, and is there a story behind the purchase? (My guess is that there sure is.)