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anna sui my first splurge

In 1991, I bought the Anna Sui black and white check mini-suit you see here—minus the newsboy cap, and with a wee little skirt instead of shorts. It cost around $400, which represented enough of my paycheck at the time that I literally broke out in a sweat when I laid down my credit card.  I never wore it all that much—life doesn’t call much for mini-suits, after all—but I will say this: while I’ve gone on to spend way more on far fancier items, no purchase since has ever felt quite so special.

Posted on November 14th, 2014 92 Comments

92 Responses

  1. Lesley says:

    A Betsey Johnson 50s style cocktail dress! It made the rounds through years of weddings and formal parties. It feels a little youthful these days, so I haven’t worn it for a while, but it might be one that I hold onto for my daughters. It feels, to me, as timeless as an actual 50s cocktail dress.




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  2. Lesley says:

    Ooh, probably before that was the red velvet Doc Martens in college. That felt like a *lot* to pay for shoes when I had such a tiny paycheck, shoes made of velvet, no less. But a few coats of Scotchguard and they held up pretty well! I actually shelved them for many years, and then broke them out again when I moved up to snowy Syracuse. They became my snow boots until they finally got a hole.




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  3. y.k says:

    fun Question!! 1988, walking down mercer, came upon stephen sprouse sample sale, i had my wits about me so i bought a black fabric moto jacket and one in orange too that never fit as well as the black one -w hich was so perfect w/ jeans& skirts& boots. i think i paid $120 for both, but it was my last year of grad school so it was a Splurge. wore the black one for many many years until lining frayed away. it’s still hanging in the back of my closet, survived many purges. i tried it on recently – SO SHORT! didn’t realize it was so cropped at the time. my best girlfriend recently asked me if i still had it, remembered how it was so ME.




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  4. Jo says:

    My first pair of Manolos… $700+!!!




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  5. Ann says:

    Ironically, mine is Anna Sui as well. In 1989 I bought an Anna Sui navy and white polka dot short flouncy sheer sleeved dress with a big bow on the back (the only bow I’ve ever worn). I wore it a ton with my ankle cowboy boots. My 21 year old daughter now has it, and has worn it a ton as well as my other Anna Sui purchases I made after. The Anna Sui store in Soho was paradise to a young 20 ish year old, and I was the only one who wore Anna Sui to work (at LIFE magazine). Anna Sui was definitely a splurge, but I think I got my money’s worth!




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  6. Meegan says:

    Did you keep it? And did you ever wear the pieces separately, or was it only to be worn together? Nice stories.




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  7. dana says:

    A pair of over the knee black leather boots when I was overseas in Italy for a year. Funny how the giddiness competes with terror at these moments!




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  8. svb says:

    This summer, 1350 EUR on a D&G dress. Went to the Internets with the goal to find the prettiest non-bridal dress. And my oh my did I. I’ve already worn it to another wedding and to a fancy restaurant, plenty more use in its future.




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  9. Debra says:

    1985 Norma Kamali sweatshirt material “suit” – long, tight skirt with a flared mermaid hem just below the knee and a matching cropped jacket*. Spent a whole paycheck on it and wound up wearing both pieces until they were too tattered to keep. Wish I still had them.

    *(With a Bundeswehr tank top underneath and ankle cowboy boots.)




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  10. First splurge was a Gucci bucket bag (I should wear it now that it’s back, lol) and matching wallet, circa 1998 or 1999? My love of designer bags still remains.




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    • liz says:

      I bought a little black Gucci camera bar in 1989. The strap broke and I exchanged it for a camel colored zip bag.




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  11. christin says:

    1988, Roots “Sophie” leather jacket. It was $700 and that was a ton of $ for me, a recently divorced young woman. Loved it, wore it to death until the leather kind of went crunchy and weird.




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    • RJS says:

      I love Roots leather bags. Their quality and craftsmanship is incredible. Your jacket sounds like it was a great investment, too. I saw the Sophie online, not too long ago, but it’s unavailable now.




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      • christin says:

        You are right about the bags. I’m planning to get my son a Roots messenger bag when he graduates university. I was kind of shocked when the leather “went” on the jacket, as it had always been so supple. 🙁




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        • RJS says:

          Last year on eBay, I bought my husband a Roots messenger bag for a fraction of the retail price. Leather can be kinda strange, sometimes it turns from supple to rough. I hate when that happens, especially, if you love the piece. Happy holidays!




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  12. Margaretta says:

    In 1989 or 1990, my mother and I were shopping for a formal coat for me and we found a Christian Dior long black swing coat (so, so much swing) reduced from $1,000 to $300 at Saks 5th Avenue in Philadelphia. Now, $300 was a lot to spend for my single mother, but the coat looked great on me and she wanted me to have it. Stupidly I gave that coat away in the late 90’s–should have saved it to do something with. It was gorgeous.My first personal splurge was an absolutely stunning Carmen Marc Valvo cocktail dress bought in 2000 for $600 at Neiman Marcus. Still have that beauty.




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  13. Bonnie says:

    1988. LV Speedy Bag from Saks that my mother told me I “needed” for work. Carried that every day of the week for years…and still have it.




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    • Natalie says:

      Oh that was mine too! My first trip to Paris, my first credit card, my first visit to an LV store… the perfect storm. Used it every day for over five years (graduated to a Prada Saffiano)and still have it. Totally worth it.




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  14. Margaretta says:

    Oh, and I went to college in New York to study classical singing. Nothing better as an 18 year-old opera singer than going to the Metropolitan Opera wearing my Multiples long skirt and shirt (some of you may know then as Units) covered by that coat–I felt so sophisticated.




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  15. Jill says:

    Gucci, Gucci, and Gucci. First was the GG logo handbag and wallet, purchased with my employee discount (thank goodness) from Dillard’s, back in the day, around 1989. Then the two Gucci watches in the early nineties (still with employee discount, only now I was working in the “fine jewelry” section). One I no longer wear as it’s so very Eighties – black and gold – but the other is a two-tone gold/steel classic that I still wear quite often. The handbag and wallet are long gone, though I did use them ALL THE TIME until they were quite worn.




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  16. Jill says:

    Multiples / Units! Those were so great at the time- I was in the throes of my decade of mall retail sales and they made my life indescribably better during the loooooong days. SO freakin’ comfortable. 🙂




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  17. Becky says:

    I grew up quite poor and envied the cool girls at college that wore Frye boots. That may not seem like a splurge to most, but it certainly was to me! The first bonus I received at work, I went out and bought the basic motorcycle boots in chocolate brown. 25 years later, I still wear them and love them. And I am 50!




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    • RJS says:

      I collect Frye footwear and it can be a splurge. But well worth the investment, since they’ll last for decades. (I also agree, about their longevity.) I’m over fifty, but will rock those boots until I die!




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      • Mamavalveeta03 says:

        I was SO envious of the other girls in school that had authentic Frye “Campus” boots. I had a cheap imitation because that was all my parents could afford. But I still remember how much I loved them!




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        • RJS says:

          Val, some of the Frye imitations aren’t bad. I’ve even owned a few, but they never hold up very long. I bought a pair of Campus boots last year on eBay and I love ’em. I know, what a surprise!




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          • Jill says:

            So far, all my Frye boots (and shoes) have come from Ebay, with one Nordstrom Rack exception. You have to be patient and search regularly, but things *will* show up…then I pounce. 🙂




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          • Mamavalveeta03 says:

            The real thing is worth the cost, and you’re right, Jill….there are bargains to be found!




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  18. ANDREE says:

    A black shoulder bag with the giant chrome hardware from Marc Jacobs’ first handbag collection. It made me a little sick to my stomach when I checked out, but I carried that bag almost everyday for two years. The cost per wear was worth it! And I still have it and plan to give it to my daughter.




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  19. joannawnyc says:

    Sometime in 1987[?] I bought 2 suits at a designer boutique in Soho called Rebecca or Deborah something. Deborah Madison? One was black wool jersey with a peplum jacket and miniskirt and very cool spiral silver buttons. The other was red wool boucle with matching red buttons, 1940s style (shoulder pads, nipped at the waist). with a slightly longer skirt. I wore the black one on dates and the red one to work. The salesperson remarked that I looked French in the black suit and English in the red so I referred to them as the French and English outfits.

    I think I spent &350 for both, which is nothing in today’s $$ but was a lot for me then, with my tiny publishing salary!

    I still have them, packed away somewhere.




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  20. c.w. says:

    A few years back I had to go to a black tie gala requiring a “gown.” I decided that I was, for once, NOT going to buy a dress from a thrift store. Instead I went to a “nice” store and splurged on a Tadashi Shoji dress even though I knew I would only wear the dress once. Even in the smallest size this dress was big on me and required some major alterations. It was also the first time I’d noticed that I’d recently lost some weight. After alterations the dress fit beautifully and I received loads of compliments the night of the gala. Shortly after the big night I found out I had cancer–hence the weight loss. Surgery was required and as I was being prepped for my surgery in my mind I was going through all the things I was grateful for (I didn’t want to go into surgery with negative thoughts!) and one of the things I was grateful for was splurging on that dress as silly as that might seem (and admittedly it was far down on my list of gratefuls, but it was there!). I’m cancer free now (yea me!), but even now when I’m thinking about a splurge purchase I think about that pre-surgery moment and the regrets––even fashion regrets––we don’t want to carry with us.




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  21. Jessica says:

    Mine was a pair of black patent Louboutins, to celebrate a big professional accomplishment. They were the cheapest of the Loubs (but still $550!) and I have to say, they were WORTH it — I still wear them, and they’re so comfy.




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  22. Susanna says:

    1989, vacation in Paris. Stumbled upon a black linen suit that I just had to have–cropped jacket with (slight) late-80s shoulder pads, long flowing high-waisted pants with asymmetrically cut legs (almost like culottes, with one leg wider than the other). I think it cost about $350 U.S.–in my 20s, I’d never before considered spending that kind of money on clothes. But I loved that suit and wore it for many years. I still have it stored away–can’t bear to part with my first serious purchase.

    Oh, and the most amusing part was the name of the brand–Teenflo. I always thought it sounded like it had something to do with Tampax Juniors…




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    • Jen says:

      In the late 90’s I had the most amazing pair of pants by Teenflo, which were not a splurge, but probably my best consignment store find. It was/is a Canadian company, and at the time I could never find anything else by them anywhere. And the name is hilarious.




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      • Susanna says:

        Research reveals that the company still exists but is now called Judith & Charles–so they went from a crazy name to a generic one.

        Btw, the company may be Canadian, but the labels in my suit say “Teenflo Paris–made in France.” None of the Chinese manufacturing that is so often the rule these days, even for mid-range labels…




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  23. JES says:

    In 1986 I spent $3000 in Filene’s Basement on a beautiful brown mink coat with a $12,000 original price tag from Revillon. Wore it for years. Last winter had it cut down to knee length and turned it into a reversible coat/raincoat.




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  24. Elise says:

    It was mid-80’s, I was just starting out and making no money but was just as obsessed with fashion as I am now. I came across a pair of black patent flats in a hip boutique that oozed “Italian cool”. They were about $250 and the rent was due. Shoes won, rent was late and I loved those shoes until they fell apart 🙂




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  25. AmyM says:

    Early 90s, my first post-college job was in the programming department of a radio station (back when every station was programmed independently). Several of the cool-girl record company promo reps carried big, beat-up black leather Coach bucket bags. I thought it was impossibly cool and scraped together enough to buy my one. Still have it, use it and love it.




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    • Bootsy says:

      I got my Coach bucket bag as a combined birthday and Christmas gift and it was my first “luxury” bag. I worked at Rolling Stone at the time and everyone carried one. I retired it for a long while, but I’ve been carrying it this fall. Someone at work asked me if it was vintage and it hurt feelings but I said, yes, kinda!




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  26. edie says:

    My first job in NYC was at Time Magazine, starting in 1966 (well, that gives it all away, right?!) The offices were on Sixth Ave and 50th St, and at lunch time (an hour+ in those days) I liked to walk over to Fifth Ave and window-shop. There was a burgundy suede purse in the Gucci window that I thought was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Standard flap bag with a FITTED interior (mirror in a leather case, little wallet) and the red/green webbing shoulder strap. Those were the days. I can’t remember what I paid for it, but pay for it I did, eventually. I still carry it and still remember that first job fondly–back in the glory days of Time Inc. when all there was were 4 magazines and Time-Life Books. It was a happy time. And my daughter now has her eye on the bag–it will be hers one day.




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  27. Clare says:

    I moved from Australia to London in the winter and was told by a friend that MaxMara was the only option for a coat. £500 which took me a little while to pay off my credit card, but seven winters later it looks new.




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  28. Tucson Diva says:

    In 1998, I unexpectedly got a large fee from a case. My mom, brother and sister had gone on vacation to Paris (I was to much of a workaholic to have scheduled a vacation), so I spontaneously joined them there and treated everyone to anything they wanted. My splurge for myself (other than the trip) was a bespoke cocktail suit in gold and cream silk made for me by Francoise Gauthier in the Marais section of Paris. I just went and looked at it in my closet again — fulfills all my Audrey Hepburn fantasies.




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  29. ZM says:

    A Prada skirt, jacket and shoes. Full price at the Soho flagship. It was insane, but absolutely worth it.




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  30. Tina L. says:

    In 1986, when I was 18, I coveted a somewhat spoiled friends’ watch. When I found out it cost $300, I couldn’t believe it. My parents did not ever spend money on non-necessities like that! It was a bracelet Gucci watch with interchangeable colored bezels. I thought it the most beautiful watch ever, somehow purchased it with my meager savings, and actually wore it for many years – just noticed it in a rarely used jewelry case under my sink(!) a few days ago. Haven’t even thought about it in years. Nice memories though.




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  31. Allison says:

    A pair of Lanvin black leather 3in shooties. I got them from a designer liquidators store. I think they were sample and never finished because the bottom of the shoe beds are a clear gel-like material, like a half inch platform that wasn’t covered. I saw them in the store but they were $460. I visited them several times, and had one of the sales girls watching them for me in case they sold or dropped in price. They dropped in price and she called me. $230. I was there within 30 minutes. I felt guilty at first, but then really proud and really special and finally started to realize I deserved nice things in my life. I’m going to go put them on for a bit now and live in that moment again.




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  32. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I’m struggling to think of a true splurge. I guess I’ve always done the “quantity over quality” schtick even though if I quit buying so damned many sale items, I could afford something nice.
    But I think my first pure cashmere sweater from J Crew…at full-price, mind you…qualifies as a splurge for me.
    I think I owe myself a splurge!




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  33. Fashionistah says:

    I bought an Ungaro suede suit in London in the 60’s. I thought that I was Jean Shrimpton.

    Alas, it was very short and looked silly in the next few years




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  34. Marianne says:

    A Coach Satchel in Tobacco. Not nearly as cool as yours but it was 1986, and fresh out of college I had a job in NYC and felt I was worth the (astronomical to me) $200+ cost. I thought I was oh, so sophisticated! The leather smell was so much the first few weeks I had to put it out in the hall. Nice memories.




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  35. Kate says:

    A DVF green patterned wrap dress when I was 14 and just going off to boarding school in New England. Maybe $300? It was right after she had relaunched the brand in 1998 or 1999, and was the simplest, most elegant thing I could possibly imagine. Best part – I still wear it 15 years later and will still be able to wear it (god willing) for another 15 years, and it will never go out of style. Love it.




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  36. gablesgirl says:

    Ferragamo Vara shoes. I bought them in ’91 or ’92 when I was a young newlywed. $250 bucks and all the money in the world. Have had them resoled twice. Can’t bear to part with them.




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  37. Katie says:

    Betsy Johnson gold and black brocade shorts circa 1988. I wore them on New Year’s Eve with a black turtleneck sweater, big gold hoop earrings, black tights and ankle boots and felt soooooo cool.




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  38. catherine says:

    1998. I had just sold a divorce memoir for a mid-six figure advance. A black wool coat from MiuMiu for $800. After that I couldn’t tear myself away from the MiuMiu store in Soho. I had to have a little black jacket, and then a second one in cotton, and a pant-suit in black wool with skinny-skinny pants and a short jacket that I wore with Docs. Not to mention a dark navy short dress, and dark navy sweater (which my daughter wears now).Within a couple of years I must have dropped 3 grand at MiuMiu. It was insane. There was not enough MiuMiu clothes for me to recover from a heartbreaking divorce. Apart from the dress that ripped and fell apart, I still have them all, I just had the shoulders taken in. And I still wear the black coat regularly. It is the niftiest little black coat. And the fitted black cotton jacket is my favorite go-to summer jacket.




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  39. Lisa says:

    A cashmere coat. At Garfinkel’s in DC, maybe 1988. It was $500 on sale at half price. I was making 14K a year. I still have it, I think (I hope), shoulder pads and all.




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  40. Dana says:

    My first Chanel item, a pair of super soft red leather loafer-flats (not quite a ballerina or a loafer) that I still have and wear, even if they have a little water damage on the toe (a reminder of living in Seattle). I was Chanel obsessed as an 80’s teen due to two things: the Carole Boquet no 5 TV ads and still my favorite outfit ever in a magazine from Sassy~a pair of cut-offs, tights, fake Chanel belt-said so right in the magazine, and a real, thrifted Chanel jacket-when you could still really find things like that at a thrift store.




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  41. Alexis says:

    In 2006, I was a broke recent college grad working a lame retail job. It only paid minimum wage, but I was sharing a house with three other people and so my rent was insanely cheap and I had a little extra money from time to time. For my 24th birthday, I bought myself an enormous Coach Legacy duffle purse. It was 250 bucks at TJ Maxx, a huge amount of money to me at the time, but I knew the retail was over 800 and I couldn’t leave it there. It’s still my favorite bag, and it’s only gotten better looking over the years. I carry it often and still get frequent compliments on it.




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  42. Marit McCabe says:

    Neat question. Upon receiving my first raise, I tromped two blocks over from work, and lost myself in (17th st) Barneys’ shoe dep’t. A pair of sandals screamed my name, and I happily traded a huge slice from that paycheck in order to re-home them in my closet. Don’t remember their make (possibly a Barneys House Blend), but will never forget how substantial they felt — they were worth the money, and I felt I was worth wearing them. Sidenote: was chagrined when one of my older sisters quickly snapped up the same pair, a week later. She made buying ex




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  43. azqueenie says:

    Mine was more of a splurge in the sense it was totally impractical, rather than that it was expensive. A 1940s vintage pale yellow moire satin ballgown. It was only $50, but I live in a very casual town and ballgown-wearing events are not part of my usual routine. I bought it anyway, and a couple months later went to a charity dinner/dance that had a ’40s theme, where my “Ginger Rogers” ballgown was perfect. Haven’t ever worn it again, but still have it, just in case!




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  44. Maggi says:

    It was 1999 and I was a broke airman stationed in Germany. The dollar was strong and the Deutschmark was weak. My chef friend had been explaining to me why I should take advantage of the economy and buy good German knives, which will “Be passed on to your kids”. I was single and living in a basement apartment with a tiny kitchen, but loved to cook.
    So I splurged on a full set of Wusthof professional chef knives. It was probably $200US, but it was over 2 months of spending money to me.
    Those knives are still amazing and hold such a sharp edge. Everyone who borrows one usually exclaims “Holy s*** that’s sharp!”. I wish I could have afforded the steak knives too, since I’ve been through 4 sets of steak knives since then.




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  45. Andrea says:

    Manolo Blahniks. Peep toe. Red with black stitching.




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  46. Claire says:

    My first real splurge happened very recently. I’ve quite literally just started my dream job (and first real “big girl” job post grad school). I was poking around in a jewlery store toying with some reasonably priced pearl earrings. Then I was unexpectedly taken aback by a beautiful 22in strand of freshwater pearls with a gorgeuous silver clasp that had an intricate woven appearance. It was priced several hundred dollars more than I had planned to spend, and I’m the person that always hesitates over any bill greater than $75. But the necklace was so lovely that it took me all of ten seconds to decide that this would the perfect investment to mark the start of my professional career. My family doesn’t have many expensive or elaborate heirloom jewels, but I can’t help but look forward to the day I can pass this necklace on to my daughter or granddaughter as she begins her adult life.




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  47. sara says:

    My dad took me shopping in the center of Rome to find me a dress to wear for my middle school graduation in 1989. I saw this dress in a shop window and said “i like that one”.

    It was from Valentino’s Oliver line, about 350 thousand lire which would be about 700 euro. A huge amount, but he went for it!

    I still have it and luckily still fit in it.

    It’s an ivory based floral summer dress with a midi skirt and laces that crisscross on the back.

    It could have been an 80’s mess but it’s timeless instead.




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  48. In 2008 I was backpacking through Europe on a meager savings and some graduation money. In Mykonos I wandered into a shop selling custom made sandals and had to have a silver and gold pair. I think I spent almost 100 Euros on them, which was many meals and nights in a hostel but those sandals were amazing. I wore them non stop, even as a bridesmaid a few years later. Sadly they were ruined in a damp moldy studio apartment but I still dream of them.




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  49. DelawareDeb says:

    Frye boots for $110 in 1977. A crazy amount of money back then for boots, but I resoled and reheeled them many times. Finally threw them away 2 years ago, because the leather upper finally cracked all the way through.




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  50. L'il bit says:

    Two things: an Emanuel Ungaro slubbed silk shirt in inky blood red (only appropriate during winter holidays and upscale goat sacrifices) and a light camel colored silk jacket with a zipper front.

    Saks was going out of business in a weird strip mall; the shirt was nineteen dollars and the jacket–which I love with a passion bordering on unseemly–was about 30. I still wear the jacket, but not often because I fear its demise. At the time it reminded me of one of Kristen Scott Thomas’ jackets in “The English Patient,” and any bit of her wardrobe from that movie was welcome in my closet.

    For that matter, still is.




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  51. carla says:

    Circa 1985. A long black leather trench coat. Paid $500, hands trembling.




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  52. Kathleen Trail says:

    There were a couple of pairs of shoes (Joan & David / Doc Martens) in high school & college that I’d count as a splurge, but my first major purchase were the Manolo Blahniks I bought for my wedding in 1993 at the tender age of 24. I had a family wedding dress and my theory was that I could spend the money I would have spent on a dress on those shoes.

    I used to get Victoria Magazine and there was an ad for Manolo Blahnik’s in there that I tore out and still have in my wedding memorabilia. I knew nothing about the brand & had no internet back in the day, so I really had no idea how expensive they’d be or how posh the little Manhattan boutique would be.

    I didn’t really feel like I belonged there with my jeans, sweater & duck boots (it was cold!), but they were so kind to me & my friend who came with me. I’m pretty sure I bought the cheapest wedding-appropriate shoes they had. When I got home to Connecticut, I found a little handmade ink drawing of my shoe & a daisy, with a congratulations note on my wedding in the box – which I also still have.

    I died them black later on but the dying process made them shrink just a smidge, so they were too snug to be comfortable anymore – either that or my feet got bigger after having kids.




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  53. Karen says:

    I was in Las Vegas at a convention, by myself. My sister was living in California at the time, and she joined me there so we could hang out together at night. I found this beautiful black silk Max Mara dress with a bugle beaded spider web back. It was the most stunning thing I’d ever seen, and fit like it was made for me. I forget how much it was, but I remember thinking it was too much. But I could not resist; it was so beautiful on.




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  54. Sumodo1 says:

    When I got my first truly professional gig, I spent almost half my paycheck on a gorgeous loden green wool”shirtwaist” dress with a mid-calf length circle skirt by Yves St. Laurent. I also bought some black suede high-heels booties to wear with it. So chic, so adaptable. Almost 40 years later, I miss that dress.




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    • Mamavalveeta03 says:

      Clothing is so evocative, isn’t it?




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      • Sumodo1 says:

        Oh, yes, Mama V! I wore that dress in fall-winter-early spring for at least 5 years. The boots lasted about 3 years and succumbed to suede’s worst enemy: road salt. I felt like Katharine Hepburn in that outfit!




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  55. jackie says:

    Manolo black Carolyne slingbacks for $550.00 — wore to my sister’s wedding back in 2000 (?) and still wear them.

    a Norma Kamali reversible wrap dress (red to burgundy) in poly jersey around the same time for $700 — I also still wear this!

    and a black 3 piece (jacket, skirt, pants) double face wool Bergdorf’s suit for $1000.00 that I managed to get discounted to $600.00 after the fact (!) and also still wear! (bought that in 1999)

    I just wish that clothing was still made as well now as they were then ….




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  56. Andrea says:

    Gold jimmy choo strappy sandals – $300. Big splurge for ‘designer’ when it was usually DSW for me 🙂




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  57. Caitlin says:

    I can’t believe I’m reading about Teenflo. At this very moment I’m wearing a black jacket by Teenflo and I can’t find anything as good. My sister handed it down to me and I am wearing it into the ground. I am now going to research it in the new incarnation of Judth and Charles. It really is perfect weight and stretchiness.




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    • Delacey says:

      Teenflo is very much still around in Canada. I believe Judith and Charles is the parallel, more up-market version by the same designers. Discovered this when researching a J&C silk button up shirt that I bought at a thrift store for a few dollars. Just had that feeling: hey, this is really nice, should check out the label on-line. Anyhow, Teenflo turns up in Winners (Canadian TJ MAXX) sometimes, as does J&C.




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  58. Mae says:

    In 1991, I bought one of those in-every-magazine 2-pocketed Equipment silk shirts for $165 at Max in Denver. It was a putty color that I wore to work once every week or two for years. I still have it, though the hem and cuffs are frayed. I’ll sound like an old fart when I say this, but Equipment shirts used to be made of much higher quality silk than they are today.




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  59. Kirstie says:

    A Chanel bag in 1989. I don’t know the style name but it’s the small boxy black leather quilted one with a long chain strap. It cost $960 and I had emptied my savings account to buy it. I was 19 years old and my mom still doesn’t know that I did that. She would have killed me!




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