I’m a very comfortable high street shopper. I can shop in store or online willy nilly and not bat an eyelid. The thought of shopping designer goods however makes me feel like I’m trying to sit on the cool table at school, when I’m just not quite cool enough. They intimidate me. I think it has something to do with the fact that I never thought I’d be able to own anything ‘a little pricey’ or with such a reputation. I never felt good enough. I remember my first designer purchase being a Vivienne Westwood necklace and I cherished it. I really felt cool wearing it and wanted to show it off at any opportunity.
Since then I have collected a few different items, all picked very carefully and with a little bit of hesitancy (thats me being a tad frugal) but each item I’ve been incredibly proud of. All have been I’d say lowish cost designer accessories, so more affordable, nothing over a couple of hundred pounds. Each item also being a staple, something that I wear and wear and wear. For me they are little landmarks in time of achieving or accomplishing something, tokens of being proud of myself.
Now I know recently I bought the Stella’s and again HUGE deal and I have worn the shit out of these shoes, all thanks to the inspiration from Megan. But there was something else on my little wish list that I found hard to shut out. After seeing many girls with similar or THE ONE, I remember telling Matthew about it and he was insisting that after the wedding, I treat myself to one as an ‘I DID IT’ present for all the hard work and organising the wedding, and actual work that I did beforehand.
So you know what , I did it. I bloody did it. I bought the bag of dreams. The Gucci Marmont in a gorgeous purple velvet and I tell you what, I love it. Its a classic design, I feel that most designers will have a similar equivalent in their range, something timeless and iconic.
I love the obnoxious branding, the chevron detailing and the two way wear chain. Its the pinnacle of fancy bag for me. I would normally feel ( and I have in the past) felt like anything pricey I have to get it in black to be practical, but not this time. I love that its bold, the perfect personality match, but it also matches my hair.
For me it fits very well with my wardrobe, I seem to be styling up my clothes either in monochrome with hints of my favourites colours like mustard, pinks and purples, so this little beauty fits in very well with the family.
My advice for anyone thinking of buying their first designer item, firstly, don’t feel bad about it. People will say ‘how much?!’ or try to compare it to all the other things you could buy for the same price. But the truth is, you want this. You want this item and thats how much it costs. I feel that if you’ve worked hard to save up for something you really love, than just do it. Also, this might be a little too farfetched, but I sometimes feel that people give gals a hard time for what they buy, whether it be by family or other girls. Lets put it this way, if a guy bought a Rolex, people would be like ‘Woah Andy bought a Rolex’ then move on with their lives. I mean I’m still a little bitter (as you can probably tell) by some of the snarky comments I received, but F them.
Second of all – if you’re nervous, just get the staple. Always start with staples, something that you know you’ll get use out of so you can ease your mind knowing the purchase is justified. Then the next time you want to get something later on, then maybe be a little more out there. I must admit I have caught the bug and although I don’t plan on buying anything anytime soon, I do see the appeal. It feels kinda naughty but in a good way. Any more pricey purchases will be waaaay later on down the line (I gotta save up for my driveway now) unless Matthew is feeling super generous this Christmas, that was not a hint.
Every time I wear it I just want to smile all day as for me its not just a bag, its a symbol of my year, the work, the stresses the struggles and coming through that. The build up to my wedding was incredibly stressful, not only arranging the wedding but also getting all my deadlines done before going away. I think I deserved it, so to me thats what it is.
Not to tease myself anymore, I have put a little wish list down here for what I could only dream of owning.
Photos are by Katie.