This weekend I bought my first luxe investment item, and I’m really excited about it!
I think there’s a misconception that fashion bloggers have endless amounts of money and luxury bags/shoes, but most of us are just shopping addicts looking to find and share great deals like everyone else.
I saved up for a while and thought for a long time about what my first big “treat yoself” purchase should be, and when it should happen.
After sharing my beautiful new YSL purse on my Instagram, I found that several of my followers are currently trying to decide on which piece they want to be their first luxe buy.
Below are some tips for what to consider before making a large purchase.
I hope these help you to plan out a perfect first big buy that you’ll be happy with for years to come! 🙂
1. Do your research
Before deciding what to buy, I browsed luxe brand websites for a long time.
I had my choice narrowed down a purse from one of my favorite designer brands: YSL, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, or Valentino Garavani, but I wasn’t sure exactly what item I wanted to get.
After looking through what was available and how everything was priced, I decided on a YSL purse and went to the store with three different bags screenshotted on my phone.
I’m so glad I looked online beforehand, because the bags on display were not all the same color options that were shown on the site.
It wasn’t until I showed the screenshot to the woman helping me that she went into the back and pulled out the bag of my dreams; if I hadn’t shopped around beforehand, I never would’ve known about that color option since it wasn’t out on the shelves.
2. See it in person
If you can, I’d definitely recommend going to buy your new item live; especially if you’re having trouble choosing between multiple options.
Seeing a bag or pair of shoes in person is way different than seeing it online, because you’ll find out how it looks on your own body, what the fit and size are like, and you’ll know exactly what shade the color is.
Seeing pictures of something online, and on a model who may have a different body type, can be a bit misleading.
The color of something may look a little different on a computer screen than it does in person, so going to see it for yourself is the best way to know exactly what you’re buying and to make sure you’re 100% happy with it.
It’s also just a cool experience going into a luxe store, having someone help you find the perfect item, and then taking it home with you that same day.
3. Buy from a trusted retailer
You’re going to be spending a big sum of money, and while it can be tempting to just type the designer and item name into Google Shopping and click one of the majorly discounted prices listed, that may not be the best idea.
I absolutely love sites like RueLaLa and others with frequent flash sales on luxe items, but make sure you read the fine print as some of these sites sell pre-owned or damaged and defective items with no opportunity to return after buying them.
When it came to my first big investment purchase, I decided to play it safe and buy the bag from a trusted department store like Nordstrom or from the designer retail store itself.
I ended up going to the Saint Laurent store at the Short Hills Mall (less than 20 min from my new future home…equally exciting and dangerous) and am so glad I did.
I got to see such a large selection of items and hold them in my hands before making my decision.
I also got my new purse wrapped up, boxed, and got some care tips (and super nice compliments on my dress!) from the sales woman who helped me purchase it.
4. Don’t settle
Just as it’s tempting to buy bags from discounted websites, it’s also tempting to buy the cheapest item available as long as it has the designer’s logo on it.
Mini and super mini size bags are the latest trend, and when I first started browsing online I was pleasantly surprised to see beautiful bags from my favorite designers for $1,000 or less.
Upon further inspection, I noticed that these bags were much smaller than I thought when first seeing their pictures.
Even though the smaller bags didn’t seem as functional or attractive to me, I heavily considered buying them rather than the larger options so that I wouldn’t be spending as much.
I am not knocking the smaller bags and think they look great on the girls who I’ve seen wearing them, but I knew deep down that if I were to buy a smaller option, it would be purely to save money and wouldn’t be exactly what I wanted.
When it comes to making large purchases, to spend a little bit less and not be fully happy seems like a waste to me; I ended up spending a little more for the larger size but am so glad I did.
I also think that the bag I chose works much better for my personal style and what I’m looking for in a bag right now.
5. Buy what you love
Trends come and go, but if you’re going to spend your hard-earned money on something, please make sure it’s something you love and not something that you want just because everyone else has it.
I try to stay true to this with anything I buy, but it’s especially important when we’re talking about hundreds, or even thousands of dollars.
The bag that I chose is not the most popular style or color, but I fell in love with it online and then again when I saw it in person (my husband said my face actually lit up when they brought it out from the back…lol).
These pieces are expensive because they’re made to last, and if you treat your investment purchase right you should have it for a very long time.
It would be a shame to spend all that money on something just because it’s the “cool” thing to have at the moment, and then feel like it doesn’t have as much value when everyone else has moved onto the next big thing.
I’m not saying you should avoid trends, just that you should make sure you are staying true to your own personal taste; if you are in love with something that happens to be super popular right now, you should go for it!
At the end of the day, shopping and fashion are about self-expression, and you can’t go wrong if you decide to buy something that makes you feel happy and beautiful when wearing it. <3