Vogue recently published an article about fashion items that are made to last (view it here). It’s something I think about all the time and get asked about all the time by my clients. Everyone out there will have a different opinion on what they would spend their money on and what items they would choose to own that would last forever.
There are so many gorgeously important items that I believe get better with age and are almost not as nice new as they are after a couple of worn years. These are my picks on what I would invest in.
1.Goes without saying, a good quality leather handbag. Choose a colour that works for your wardrobe and a colour that is versatile and preferably neutral, grey, tan, black.. The older the leather gets the better the bag looks and feels.
Two bags of my choice would be a tote and a smaller shoulder bag. The Balenciaga classic has always been one of my personal fave’s, the fact that I still like it after about 10 years clearly means something and the Bottega Veneta shoulder bag as below. Both simple and classic. A beautiful evening bag with a gold or silver chain strap would be another favourite but in terms of getting more wear, these two would win.
Balenciaga at Matches
Bottega Veneta at Net-A-Porter
2. A good solid bangle, be it silver, gold, whatever metal you choose. I had the most beautiful rounded tube like silver bangle which fitted my wrist perfectly but it had an opening and somehow it fell off my arm, I have been so upset about it and am still hunting down the perfect bangle to take it’s place. I think this time I will replace it with a rose gold one. I like to find jewellery in unexpected places. So not your usual jewellery stores but at markets or on overseas trips. I think it is far more romantic and gives the pieces a bit of a story. Hence my search continues!
Solid Gold Bangle at Etsy
3. A good old pair of straight cut Levi’s. They will never ever date. I was wearing straight cut Levi’s when I was 14 and I still wear straight cut Levi’s. They go with everything, can be dressed up and down. That said find your brand and cut that works for you and invest! Other fave jean brands that work for me are J Brand, Pepe, AG and Current Elliot
Levi 501’s at Selfridges
4. Leather Jacket. This specific leather jacket style I love but leather jackets don’t need to be devilishly expensive and you can find amazing leather jackets in vintage stores or on the high street. I have one vintage one which I bought the first year I arrived in London and two high street jackets which look and feel a lot more expensive than they were. In fact my black one looks almost exactly like the one below.
Black Leather Jacket J Brand at Selfridges
5. The perfect soft jumper. Now this is something that sadly won’t last as long (well not for public appearances anyway) so should be replaced every couple of years but is so important to have. The jumper should compliment you, not make you feel frumpy but at the same time you should be able to wear it any day of the week and feel not only cosy but also amazing. Jumpers should not drown your figure or be pilled.
Jumper at The White Company
Hopefully this will help you think again when you want to buy another cheap fashion item. Don’t get me wrong I am all for trends and buying what’s in now but maybe it’s time to invest in a few good pieces too every now and then.