This is one of my favourite posts because it includes some of my most beloved possessions! I’m definitely the type of shopper that focuses on quality over quantity, especially in the shoe and accessories department. As you may have seen from my recent post, I own very few shoes, and even less handbags. I tend to get around 3 years (plus) out of most of my shoes (especially the high ones), and 5 years (plus) out of my bags, so I don’t mind investing.
My Shoes: The very first pair of expensive shoes I ever bought was a pair of Christian Dior peep-toe navy heels. I got them as a gift for myself the day I got engaged! It's crazy to think that was over 9 years ago. Since then I have treated myself to a pair of Manolos Blahniks, Jimmy Choos, Christian Louboutins, Gianvito Rossi and Golden Goose. All of which have been a great success, except for a pair of Louboutin five & 1/2 inch Mary Jane heels that I literally could not walk in. It was a very expensive lesson in choosing the correct heel height. Since then I usually opt for 85mm heel. I know it’s a bit sensible but the comfort means I get a lot my use out of them. I can wear them to work too, which is important to me as I can be on my feet a lot.
My Bags: My first investment bag was a Chloe around eight years ago. I still have it, and its still as perfect as the day I bought it. I definitely think the more I spend on something the more I respect it, but I do try to justify its cost by using it as much as possible. After Bobby was born I got a Prada bag as my push present! I initially bought this bag for shopping with clients but I have to admit I find it too heavy to carry for the day. I now use it for work in GTI and its a perfect size to carry my notes, a small laptop, makeup and my wallet. I also use my small Marc Jacobs navy camera bag a lot . This a bag I highly recommend, but if you can stretch the budget I love the Givenchy one too. I recently bought the YSL Kate bag -I never had a bag i loved for special occasions or just nights out so this bag definitely fits that brief. I use a Sandro cross-body dusty pink bag in the summer, which some day I'd love to upgrade to the nude Mulberry Darley. So, that pretty much sums up my entire bag collection! I did warn you it really is not that exciting ;)
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Tips for buying expensive shoes:
- Always try them on first - shopping online is risky especially with shoes as sizes vary so much. I am generally a size five but in some heels I now find I am a 4.
- Choose the correct heel height - think realistically remember the 30 wears rule
- Ask if they need to be soled - surprisingly some of these brands recommend you get your shoes soled immediately 💁♀️
- Ask have they different shoe widths - some brands offer two different widths for narrower and wider feet.
- Don't choose a shoe because of the brand alone, unfortunately the higher the price does not always mean the high the quality.
- If you are buying a pointy heel, ask if the front dents. My nude Jimmy Choos dented across the front after the first few wears and it really annoyed me. Fortunately they replaced them for me but I would be reluctant buying them again. A good tip is stuff the pointy part with cotton wool to prevent this from happening.
- Calculate the cost per wear. I do this when I want to justify a expensive purchase 😜.
- Stick to more classic styles when you are investing so they won't date.
- Always choose a style that will guarantee a minimum of 30 wears.
Tips for buying expensive bags
- Aways shop at a reputable store or online shop
- Be careful of online offers. If an offer looks too good to be true, it usually is. Unfortunately there are rarely discounts on designer bags, especially their staple pieces
- Check what materials are used in the bag - is it 100% leather?
- Check the lining - it is as beautiful on the inside as on the outside
- What colour is the lining? Bright lining makes it easier for find things in your bag
- How can the bag be cleaned?
- Is a cleaning service or repair service part of their after sales service?
- Does the bag hold its shape? I sometimes find I need to stuff some bags with scarves in order to hold its shape.
- Has the bag adequate storage. i.e zips, secret pockets, phone storage etc
- How versatile is the bag? Calculate the cost per wear by estimating how many uses you imagine it will get and divide it by the price. For example my Prada bag cost €1850. I have it now for over three years and imagine I will be wearing it for at least another 3 - 6 years in total. On average I used the bag at least 2 days a week so thats 104 days a year, so 6 years equal 624 days in total! Costing €2.96 per wear!