I am a reformed shopaholic, well, a somewhat reformed shopaholic. I still have urges to buy things, but these days most of those things are tech items. My Macbook, my Blackberry, and my DSLR, along with various other gadgets were all impulse purchases. These items have become staples in my everyday life and I use them regularly. This post, however, is not about my gadgets; this post is about items that I paid more for, in order to get quality.
Let me preface this by saving that I have wardrobe staples that are essential. While I do tend to fall victim to sales, and flashy products, and designs, I have over the years learned what works well for my body type and what doesn’t. For example, I know that pencil skirts, and tailored dress pants work well, while certain types of jeans don’t. I also know what type of shoes work well for me, especially since I am on my feet a lot.
Being part of the PF community is great as it allows you to become quite aware of your spending habits, and learn how to shop for deals. The problem with this mentality is that it also makes one fall victim to what I call “lowest price” syndrome. What I mean by that if people are presented with 2 items that look somewhat similar but 1 is of far better quality, and the other is not, people are more likely to buy the lower quality, cheaper cost item. There are exception to this rule, but that is the general rule.
A few months ago I needed black stilettos. I wear heels everywhere, but on the soccer field and black heels are a staple for me. I went shopping and found 2 pairs, the first one cost $40, and the second $110. I went the first option and instantly regretted my decision after wearing the shoes for 3 hours and having my feet kill. I promptly when back and got the expensive ones. They are very comfortable, well, as comfortable as heels can be.
My point is that sometimes we have to splurge on items that are a bit more to pay for quality and durability. I wear pyjamas, and sweat pants at home, along with novelty t-shirts from brands or events, but if you, like myself, meet clients on a daily basis, showing up in a $10 dress isn’t going to cut it.
Every item above is either Michael Kors, or Donna Karan, Narciso Rodriguez, Calvin Klein, Karen Millen, D&G, or Bradley Mischka. And almost every item retails more than $150. Being a smart shopper means, not paying full retail prices all the time for designer goods. Yes, even “sale designer” items end up costing more than regular non-designer, but the look and feel isn’t the same, neither is the quality. I have looked online for each item for at least 2 weeks and always found the best deal possible.
Ladies (and gentlemen), we have all things in our wardrobes that instantly make us feel like a million bucks; this could be the little black dress, the bring spring coat, that new purse or the the perfect high heels. We know that if and when we need to dress or look well put together we reach for those items.
I have collected something resembling a wardrobe for items that make me feel in control. We can ignore the psychological implications of that last statement. The list above might be overkill, but everything up there with the exception one dress can be worn multiple ways.
- 4 designer dresses, most of which have lasted me years.
- 2 bright spring jackets. 1 was an impulse buy in Vegas, but I haven’t regretted it.
- 1 Black blazer, this can be worn with jeans or with dress pants or skirt. Versatility is what I look for.
- 2 pencil skirts. I am dress pants kind of girl, but these skirts can be dressed up or down rather easily.
- 1. Micheal Kors Watch. I have a watch addiction, but this one has my the one on my wrist for a while.
- Heels. Notice how I didn’t specify the number. I have a lot, but most of them aren’t designer.
- 1 purse. I hate changing my purse with outfits so I generally wear one out.
How you spent money on a designer product? Was it worth it?