A Beginner’s Guide to Luxury Fashion


Happy Thursday Loves!

Can you believe the first bank holiday of the year is here already? It’s Good Friday tomorrow, which means I’ll be celebrating my birthday on Saturday (it’s a huge milestone for me) so make sure you’re following me on Snapchat (duchessoffash) to join me.


It’s no secret that I love luxury products (hence my blog title), however I know the world of luxury fashion can be a tricky and confusing world to get into to. Growing up around luxury is one thing but discovering it as an adult (like I did) can be so overwhelming and the first thing you often think is where on earth do I begin???

Set yourself a budget – work out how much disposable money you have to play with. Maybe you’ve been given birthday/Christmas money from your family? Maybe you’ve just received a nice bonus from work? Whatever it is, work out how much you can comfortably spend on your first luxury purchase? £200? £500? £1000? £2000?

Start small – now that you’ve decided you want to invest in your first luxury item, don’t feel pressured into buying something extravagant. If you’ve decided on a handbag, you don’t have to go for a Chanel classic flap, you can opt for a more affordable handbag which is just as luxury and as classic like a Louis Vuitton Speedy or Neverfull. Two perfect handbags to start your designer handbag collection. Of course you don’t even need to start with a handbag, you can opt for an accessory instead like a purse or a pair of sunglasses. My first ever luxury purchase was my Louis Vuitton logomaina scarf, which I still cherish and adore to this day.

Do your research – now that you’ve set your budget and the item you want, it’s time to do your research. YouTube is by far the best platform for detailed reviews and first impressions. I would never consider buying anything without watching a review of it first! No mater what item you decide to buy, it’s probably going to come in a variety of materials, colours, models etc so it’s good to have some first-hand knowledge before walking into the boutique. To be brutally honest most of these luxury sales assistants will get you to buy anything so they can get their commission so it’s important to know exactly what you want.

Trendy or Classic – this is something I’ve always struggled with. Most people will always tell you to stick to classic luxury items, the problem with that is classic items come with a hefty price tag. If you can afford a £3000 Chanel classic flap or a £10,000 Hermes Birkin then by all means go ahead. However if you’re an average Joe like myself who works hard for their money sometimes going for a trendy item makes more sense as it’s more affordable and you can often get discounts on them during sales, at airports or online. Also don’t let the word trendy scare you, it doesn’t mean the trend will disappear after one year, trends can last for decades and sometimes they even turn into classic items.

Treat your items with pride and joy – remember these aren’t throwaway high-street items; these are items you’ve invested a lot of money into. Whilst most of them items won’t appreciate in value (unless you have a Birkin), you can still get a good return on them. Think of if as an additional bank account, instead of having your money setting in an account, your money is sitting in your wardrobe. So remember to always keep your receipts, your authenticity cards and most importantly keep them in good condition because if you ever have a rainy day, you can always sale them in the future and usually gain around 60% of what you originally paid for it.

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Wishing you all a lovely long Easter weekend!

Photography by Pistacho Photography.

Shop the Post!

Jacket | Topshop (similar here & here)

Top | Primark (similar here & here)

Jeans | Topshop

Sunglasses | Céline

Hat | Boy London (similar here & here)

Shoes | Valentino

Handbag | Proenza Schouler

Jewellery | c/o Coach watch & Claire’s earrings

  • http://putitallonme.com/ PutAllOnMe

    Great tips & I love the outfit! Streetstyle on point 🙂

    • http://www.duchessoffashion.co.uk/ Duchess of Fashion

      Thanks babe! 🙂

  • Ellie Adams

    Girl I absolutely LOVE this post. I’ve been thinking a lot about luxury items recently but also don’t want to break the bank and be sensible. The Chanel Boy is so high up on my wish list!


    • http://www.duchessoffashion.co.uk/ Duchess of Fashion

      You need to jump on the designer handbag bandwagon hun! The Chanel boy is the dreamiest bag ever but so out of my price range! 🙁

  • http://www.racheldinh.com racheldinh

    Great guide, better to research before diving in! Love this post.