1. Isabel Marant Étoile Loose-Knit Sweater, £160.00
2. Isabel Marant Poplin Jumpsuit, £385.00
3. Isabel Marant Étoile Embroidered Dress, £220.00
4. Gianvito Rossi Velvet Sandals, £495.00
5. Current Elliot Cropped Straight Leg Jeans, £96.75 (were £215.00)
6. Saint Laurent Classic Leather Mini Duffle Bag, £795.00
7.Gianvito Rossi Leopard Print Point-Toe Flats, £595.00
Don’t worry, this is not that moment when Little Spree suddenly becomes ‘Designer Spree’ and we stop posting the affordable things in favour of purely designer splurges. So don’t log off before you’ve heard us out. Today’s post is dedicated to the designer pieces that we really consider worth buying. Not that we’re suggesting for a minute that you buy all of them of course – maybe even just one of them. That’s between you and your bank manager… Next week it will be business as usual on LS – a clever mix of high-low, with the emphasis firmly on the low. But for now, hear us out…
We spent a lot of time compiling and considering this edit of investment pieces. We have only included pieces that we either already own between us (numbers 1, 2 and 4), or that are firmly on our ‘wish lists’ (that Saint Laurent bag has been on mine for over two years now!! SC). These are the pieces that we really love, and we consider to be ‘splurge worthy’.
Sarah & Nicky xx
I do like to make a few key, designer purchases each season. I almost always buy something from Isabel Marant (usually the cheaper, Étoile collection) as I love the way her pieces always just slot seamlessly into my wardrobe, and that they are perfect for every day (but I always feel a little more ‘special’ wearing them). When I make a new Issy purchase (usually a top or blouse), it becomes the new ‘special’ piece in my wardrobe – carefully loved and looked after, and only worn for slightly more special occasions – parties, drinks, dinner etc. But then, come next season this piece will automatically get ‘downgraded’ to make room for its replacement. So it then gets worn more often and for less special occasions, and I will buy something new to replace it. This (previously totally subconscious until I shared it with my friend and makeup artist, Lisa on my recent work trip to Ibiza, and she suggested sharing it with on LS) cycle continues, and the original piece eventually gets downgraded to such a degree that I eventually wear it for anything and everything – the school run, weekends, shoots… I still love it, but am just far less precious about it. Meanwhile, there will always be something new at the top of the chain – a latest favourite. Consequently, I have designer pieces in my wardrobe that I have had for years and years – one example is a Stella McCartney floor-length bias-cut floral dress that I originally bought to wear to a family wedding back in 2009. Fast forward to today, and I’m wearing the very same dress with a sweatshirt and hi-tops. And it’s been to dozens of weddings, fashion shows and countless parties in between! Currently at the top of the food chain is my new Isabel Marant sweater (above). Don’t get me wrong, I am a total high street girl – I love shopping on the high street, and I LOVE a bargain. But I do like to mix my bargains with some key investment pieces – sometimes I stop and consider the fact that I might buy three pretty folk style blouses on the high street without blinking, when in actual fact, add these together and they add up to the cost of one really special one from Isabel Marant Étoile. Sometimes I want a quick fix, other times I want something more long-term. For me, it’s all about mixing it up. It’s amazing how my Chanel two tone ballet pumps (my leaving present from Glamour back in 2011), can elevate my favourite scruffy Gap denim cut-offs to a meeting-worthy outfit; or how my Jerome Dreyfus Bobi bag (a birthday present from Tom) can be thrown over a old pair of jeans to make me feel ‘put together’ enough to head into Mayfair for lunch. Never underestimate the power of high-low dressing. Even if you have to save up, and can only afford one splurge a season, you will immediately see how hard the (well chosen) investment piece will work for you and your wardrobe.
I’m currently also lusting after: a Preen dress (they design the coolest and most flattering dresses out there). This one is the dreamiest dress ever – I recently shot it for Stella magazine and fell head over heels in love (ok, not with the price tag so much, but this will be one that I will keep my eye on during the sales – you never know right?); this dress from Des Mademoiselles; I always love a leopard print bag (and coat, and shoe…) and this Miu Miu mini one is just too cute for words…
I don’t go out as much I as used to before Bailey was born, and when I do, I tend not to get ‘dressed up’, preferring to wear a cool pair of heels with army trousers, or my favourite Lulu Frost earrings with a cashmere jumper. So these days my investment buys tend to be pieces I can wear day to day (like my beloved Golden Goose trainers) or items that can be worn casually and more formally like this Isabel Marant ruffle mini dress. My main aim is to make sure that I never again find myself putting that investment buy ‘garden party dress’ into the charity bag, (tags still attached because I never got round to attending a garden party). We’ve all been there right?