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Designer items that will never go out of style

2nd April, 2018

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Investment purchases often have a few more zeros in the price tag than your average chain store buy but when you factor in the longevity and its cost per wear you’re definitely getting a bargain. I’ve spoken in the past about my approach to buying designer goods that you won’t regret, but there are definitely certain pieces that will forever remain stylish. Add these to your wardrobe and I promise you’ll have a long and happy relationship.

Burberry trench

If you’re going to splurge on a trench coat make it one by Burberry. The coat was designed by Thomas Burberry for military personnel in World War One to keep officers protected against wind and rain and the design has been around ever since. The hardware and fabrication are of course top notch but one glimpse of the iconic checked lining sets this trench above the rest. I promise a trench coat is one purchase that you will get plenty of use out of all year round. Plus if you’re after a unique touch, Burberry now offer a personalisation service that allows you to monogram the inside of your coat.

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Chanel 2.55 bag

Everyone knows the quilted 2.55 bag by Chanel and whilst its ubiquitous it’s also one of the few designer bags that will not only appreciate in value (research has shown that the bag has increased in value by 70 per cent over the last six years) it’s also the kind of bag that will not date, will go with virtually everything you own and will always be a classic staple that you’ll be proud to carry. It’s a hefty investment I know, but if you’re going to splurge on a designer bag this one is definitely worth considering.

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Cartier LOVE Bracelet

The ultimate in wrist candy the beautiful Cartier LOVE bracelet first came to prominence in the 1970s and has only grown more popular since its inception. Available in a variety of metals including yellow gold or rose gold plus if you’re really looking to splurge there’s also a version studded with diamonds this is one piece of jewellery that you’ll remain in love with.

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Balenciaga moto jacket

I have had my Balenciaga leather jacket for years and its still the kind of piece that has remained in constant rotation in my wardrobe over the years. The perfect moto style jacket is ideal for wearing with everything from dresses to denim. I particularly loved Balenciaga’s design but designers like Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Acne have all released their own versions of this jacket style. A major splurge it may be but one feel of the buttery leather, the sturdy metal hardware and the perfect fit will inspire instant love.

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Chanel ballet flat

Ballet flats will always be a wardrobe staple but add a pair of interlocking Cs and you venture into try style classic territory. Whilst they’re not the type of shoe that you’d wear daily to run errands (they’re definitely a bit more special than your average ballet flat) they are an easy and stylish footwear option for those days when you just want to take a casual look up a notch. A close runner up in the shoe departmet would be the classic Gucci horsebit loafer. Over 60 years on and it’s still going strong.

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Gucci loafers

First released in 1953, the Gucci loafer has been around for 65 years and whilst it has never ever really gone away it has experienced a huge resurgence in popularity. Whilst the range now encompasses everything from floral print to an array of colours, fur trim and a version with a collapsible heel, this style is a forever shoe. Translation: if you invest in this you’ll be wearing it for the next few decades without it ever dipping in style cred.

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Tell me—which designer items do you think will always be in style?
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My fave investment jewellery

18th May, 2015

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I tend to keep my accessories quite simple and have some regular go-to pieces that I will rotate according to the occasion. Below are some of staples that I can’t live without…

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1. Patek Philippe watch

This was a 30th birthday gift from my parents and my aunts and uncles and I wear it to death. It’s simple, it’s understated and elegant and I know I’ll be wearing it for years to come.

2. Van Cleef and Arpels Sweet Alhambra Clover bracelet

I’m all about delicate jewellery and this is a piece that can be worn on its own or layered.

3. Hardy Brothers tennis bracelet

I was the ambassador for Hardy Brothers’ 160th anniversary year and that was one of the pieces that I wore during that campaign and I fell in love with it.

4. Tiffany & Co link bracelets

These were a birthday gift from my aunt and they’re also one that can be worn on its own or stacked with another piece.

5. Claire Aristides initial bracelet

I think a customised bracelet makes a really nice gift so I’ve given this Claire Aristides bracelet to friends as birthday presents.

6. Cartier nail bracelet

I love this and wear it to death. It’s versatile and works with so many different outfits. I tend to wear it and layer it with other jewellery.

7. Kailis bracelet

This was a gift from Luke. I think it’s great for an evening occasion – I think pearls are so elegant and understated.

Photograph: Tamika Keioske

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