I suspect the first time I bought anything truly designer, at retail (on sale, mind you).
It was when I bought my first Burberry trench coat because I finally allowed myself to acknowledge and be happy about the success I have achieved, and it was a symbol of having made it.
I also thankfully did not buy a whole bunch of substitute Burberry-like trench coats before getting it, so there’s that as well.
I still wear the coat, but after having Little Bun, I can’t do up the buttons without it feeling too tight around my body (my ribcage expanded a tiny bit after childbirth).
I still wear it open (my favourite way), and it looks spectacular. I have even had friends ask me just from touching it and not seeing the logo or anything, just the fabric and design, of where I got such an amazing coat…. and when they realized it was Burberry, they said: Oh that’s why it looks so good.
That purchase, shifted my perspective on what good classic clothes cost, and started to define what I think is my style now.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
The entire series can be found here: Women in Clothes Style & Fashion Survey