Fashion shows are often described as inspiring, refreshing, fun and often, over the top. The outfits at the show are hardly if at all, described as functional and wearable. That’s understandable and all part of the allure. After all, they certainly wouldn’t be called ‘shows’ if the elements of performance and drama weren’t part and parcel of the production.
For most of us, splurging on a designer piece is, well, a splurge as well as an investment. We want the items we’ve spent our hard-earned cash on to go the distance (so that we can justify the exorbitant price tag of that droolworthy bag/footwear/outfit/jewellery piece we simply had to have). So how can we tell if a piece is going to be a worthy investment (or not)?
First, ask yourself if you will want to wear this piece more than once
It seems rather common sense and not at all inspiring and exciting but it makes perfect sense. If you’re going to wear that piece you’re eyeing just once, put it down right now – it’s not worth the money you’re thinking of putting into it. On the flip side, if you can imagine this piece working with many of the items you already have in your wardrobe, it’s worth considering.
Will you be wearing this for more than one season?
While fashion items are generally designed to phase out to make way for the next season’s more trendy must-haves, not all of us can afford it. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get that awesome pair of designer sneakers that we’re absolutely loving right now. It just means that we should be wise about what we buy and choose carefully. Aim for longevity and quality instead of instant gratification and quantity. If we divide the cost of the product against the (longer) length of time we plan on wearing it, the item’s value will be justified.
Aim to purchase timeless iconic designer pieces
This is a bit of a gamble, but every major designer fashion brand has these. Hermes has its Birkin and Kelly bags; Fendi has its baguette; Chanel has its 2.55 bag and exquisite tweed jackets, Cartier has its Tank watches, and Love and Panthere jewellery while Dior has its classic Lady Di bag. When an item or collection is consistently recreated and updated, it means that there is a steady demand for it. This also means that if you tire of the item and choose to sell it, someone else will be all too happy to snap it up. If the item is in-demand enough, you may be able to sell it at an inflated price.
Now that we’ve determined what makes a good investment piece, it’s time to go shopping! Because we’re shopaholics at heart and can’t resist the lure of a good fashion investment, we’ve scanned the Spring 2020 shows and gathered our favourite pieces, so you don’t have to do the work (you’re welcome)!