You’re probably well aware of my weakness for high end designer accessories, especially purses. Yes they’re expensive, but if you’re smart with your spending, you can not only end up with some beautiful accessories, but ones that will increase in value over time. So today, I’d like to share some of my tips & tricks on where to shop and what to splurge on.
Why spend the money?
In fashion, quality > quantity, no exception. It’s always better to have a 20-item wardrobe with classic quality pieces then to have a 100-item wardrobe that are cheaply made. Not saying that everything in your closet has to be designer, but you definitely shouldn’t buy something just because it’s cheap. And since we can’t afford all designer pieces in our closet, you want to spend your money where you get the most value – the accessories.
What to splurge on
When it comes to splurging on designer goods, your best bets are accessories like shoes, school tote bags, and purses. These pieces can instantly transform an outfit, making plain white tee + jeans look effortlessly chic. But not all accessories are made equal. If you’re spending $$$$, you want to stick to classic and timeless pieces, as those are the ones that retain (or even increase) their value. You also want to consider your personal style, and select items that will match with your current wardrobe.
Where to Shop
If you truly want to splurge, you can always shop at the designer boutiques or at high end department stores like Saks 5th Avenue or Neiman Marcus. But for a good deal, I’m all about buying second hand:
eBay – You can find some seriously incredible deals for designer pieces here, but you can also get scammed. Be sure to check out the seller’s ratings and ask for detailed photos of the item so you know exactly what you’re getting.
The RealReal – If you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably heard me mention this site. They’re an online consignment store specializing in high end designer goods, and I love that they frequently have site-wide sales. I’ve purchased many times here and have been pleased with everything so far.
Your local consignment store – If you want designer clothing or shoes, visit a local consignment shop so you can try them out first. Often times designers use European sizes which tend to run a bit smaller (take Zara for example), so unless you’re familiar with the brand, it’s best to try these out in person first.
As with buying anything second-hand, the last thing you want is to buy a fake. Fakes are getting better and better nowadays, so it’s important to have your pieces authenticated before you reach for your wallet. You can get free authentication service at The Purse Forum or you can pay $8 for professional authentication at Authenticate4U. I’ve used both before and trust me, the piece of mind is worth it!
Hope you found this post helpful, and if you have any questions or tips to add, please share them in the comments! Have a wonderful week!