Over the weekend, I’ve had a revelation of sorts. Not only because it’s been Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday (don’t you like it that they all have names?), but my boyfriend passed me a recent issue of Newsweek to read.
Jonathan Tepperman wrote about “The Case for Luxury. The savvy shopping buys less but spends more in hard times.”
Basically, he talks about the ton of shirts, pants, suits, denim, coats he owns – most from high street stores, a select few from high fashion labels. Out of the mass of clothing are The Chosen Few. The most loved, most worn items, which only make up a small fraction of his entire wardrobe. So he proposes that we spend more and invest in luxury pieces than misappropriate our funds into smaller (and possibly regrettable) purchases at lesser lux places.
It makes sense to me. Over the past year I’ve shopped the most at Baylene, Giordano Concepts, Topshop and eBay. (This month alone I’ve only shopped at Uniqlo – that’s impulsive and scary.)
With the money I squandered away over the past year I think I might be able to get me
– just the sling of a Chanel 2.55
– one side of a pair of Repettos
– the platform sole (or maybe just the stiletto heel) of a YSL Tribute Pump
– one sleeve of a usually double sleeved (no kidding :O) Rick Owens leather jacket
and I dunno.. any suggestions?
If luxury labels and comfort are always perfectly directly correlated, I would love to own a pair of Chanel or Lanvin flats. I haven’t got to trying a pair from either on though.
I believe that one pair of comfortable flats and one pair of comfortable heels will get me through anything. Do comfortable heels exist? Besides say er… Clarks?
It’s a struggle for me because you’re giving up variety. Although sometimes I tend to buy the same things over.. Like I have 3 black vests, 2 black.. no but you see they all are different, like this one has a sheer… okay I’ll stop explaining myself.
Maybe the author is speaking from an entirely different context for an audience that is not me… The ones who read Newsweek not because school forces them too, but the articles are their bread and butter, and the advertisements are of products they can actually afford – Rolex, LV luggages, Singapore Airlines (yea nowadays I only fly budget, and only go to the countries as far as the airline goes).
Either way I think it’s a good way for me to go, because if I save up for that something big, and if for some reason or other I end up not buying it, I end up with a happy balance in my bank account.
(starts chanting “Less is more, less is more. Less is more!”)
Read the original Newseek article here.