THE SECRETS TO BUILDING A LUXURY CLOSET
A professional shoppers guide to building a luxury closet.
Kimberly Ross desired a handbag. Not only any handbag, but a black leather bucket-style bag believed an “It” bag by lots of fashionistas. She had spotted the one-piece bit by Los Angeles designer Mansur Gavriel in a post by fashion blogger Garance Dore and needed to own it, even though it had been sold out both online and at shops.
The 32-year-old dentist in Chicago spent a month on a neighbourhood boutique’s waiting list before finally bringing home her $700 purchase. Ross currently uses it every day and says it matches everything. “It’s something I will have for a long time,” said Ross.
Buying designer apparel is seldom as simple as a stroll down Fifth Avenue or even the Champs Elysees. Locating the best pieces requires careful curating, a strategic approach, all without giving in to impulse purchases, say fashion editors, stylists and executive image consultants.
“A shopping plan of ‘purchase less, but buy better‘ is paramount,” said Caroline Issa, fashion director at Tank magazine in London.
Start with the classics
Spend the maximum money on designer pieces which are versatile such as tailored dark jackets, classic black trousers and neutral-coloured handbags. This ensures you’ll wear increased quality clothing more frequently. Dark blue or grey business suits are the most versatile, together with well-fitted dress shirts and dark blue jeans.
One approach to justify more expensive purchases would be to think about the”cost-per-wear” ratio, or the amount of times a clothing piece could be worn before being tossed out, said Imogen Lamport, an image consultant in Melbourne, Australia. “Classics will last you up to a decade,” Lamport said. Using a tailor made to update outdated lengths, do away with pleats or perhaps take shoulder pads can make classic bits last much longer.
Issa says she contributes to some of her classic pieces during the seasons. Favourites include tuxedo jackets and blouses designed from Yves Saint Laurent (made by its former designer Stefano Pilati), a Chanel boucle knit jacket and vibrant evening dresses by Temperley London. The timeless Chanel tweed coat can cost upwards of $3,000, while gowns by Temperley cost over $1,300.
“I use them year after year,” she explained.
Adopt a high-low strategy
This permits shoppers to purchase trendier, less-practical pieces such as printed blouses or vibrant pants that may not be in fashion next season at less expensive prices. Pairing such departure fancy garments together with luxury classics and designer accessories may maintain a wardrobe updated without making a large investment.
Remain on-trend with attachments
Instead of stocking up on clothing that may look outdated next year, Zayna Mossam, a Toronto-based image consultant, informs clients to focus on adding trendy accessories to classics designer pieces. A pair of colorful pumps or an edgier tie could be easier to purchase since they do not require a perfect match. A single stand-out item can instantly make you seem on-trend. These smaller items make a massive difference when it comes to completing the look. If done cleverly, you can use the same accessories for a number of outfits.
Larger necklaces or earrings can also dress up a casual daytime outfit for the evening. “It is simpler to maintain fashion ahead with accessories,” said Mossam who wore a stylish acrylic cocktail ring by French designer Laurent Guillot to add polish to an evening outfit.
Avoid impulse purchases
Even if you know what you’re after, it’s easy to become seduced by products in the shop. Ross maintains an inventory on her cellular phone of things that she wants and assesses the list before making a buy. As a rule, Ross says her shirts and casual bottoms do not cost more than $50 per year, but she matches them with much more expensive jackets including a current cropped blazer purchased from Helmut Lang that cost $575. “I really don’t spend much on t-shirts and jeans,” she said.
And take an inventory of everything you already have. This will help save cash for high-quality designer pieces. Clever store marketing can make shoppers overlook what they have at home. It is easy to have a lot of a specific item of clothing jeans, a multitude of black T-shirts, ten black bags but no tan ones. Ideally, clothes should be worn at least once a month and accessories many times per month to be considered worth the cost. Besides, if you’re building your very own luxury closet, then you will need to show everyone you have something worth wearing!
Buy it cheaper
Come sale time, Issa says a favorite trick is shopping overseas or even visiting another city where fashion styles can differ. “Local tastes vary so much you may find something that you locate fantastic that nobody picked up on your host country,” she explained.
Contemplate tax savings when buying abroad. For example, those living outside of Europe may get a value-added tax (VAT) refund which could yield substantial savings but need extra time at the airport. Shopping online can also save clients from paying local taxes.
Mossam signs up for email newsletters and notifications about sales from her favorite department stores and online boutiques. “Possessing a dedicated email address for shopping to prevent clogging up your personal email,” she said.
Like the area of designer resale grows, many store owners are more focused than ever on keeping up with on-trend secondhand goods. Since the new Seconds Boutique website has been launched, you are now able to check and see which rare, luxury items we have in stock. By signing up to our newsletter you can be notified every time a new item is in store. In no time at all you’ll have your very own luxury closet to be proud of.