Maybe it’s because I’ve begun expanding at a precipitous rate, but lately I’ve lost a lot of my interest in clothes (with the exception of a few excellent Zimmermann items I picked up because they were just so pretty, which I pray I can fit into after baby). Instead, I’ve been on a jewelry bender. I can’t walk by a store without checking out all the beautiful goodies lately.
One of my favorite all time threads on The Purse Forum (if you’re not on there already, I think you should be, even if you hate bags, there’s something for everyone) titled “Don’t Buy Clothes, Save Your Money for Jewelry“. It’s 15 pages by now, and a lot to read through, but the overall discussion is around whether or not it makes sense to buy just simple basics for clothes, and spend most of your wardrobe budget for jewelry. From my reading, the majority consensus seems to be at least a mild, “yup”!
Lately I’ve been agreeing with this. Since I haven’t been able to wear a lot of my favorite clothes, I’ve been trying out some of my neglected jewelry pieces instead, and it’s been fun to bring out some old favorites. None of them have shrunk, or gotten hideously out of style (I hope), or make me look like a whale shoved itself into a tube top. They’re sparkly and fun and make me feel nice. Compound that with the fact that I recently just got rid of a ton of designer clothing on The Real Real and eBay Valet, and looking at the payouts I’ve gotten for those expensive clothing items…let’s just say, I wish I had spent that money on precious metals instead!
One other thing I recently noticed was when I was looking through old photographs with friends, from around five years ago. I realized that while a lot of the clothes my friends were wearing were ones I never saw again or couldn’t picture them in now (with the exception of scarves – scarves seem to last!), they were mostly wearing the same jewelry pieces in rotation. I saw the same Love bracelets (maybe now with another added to the stack), classic watches, Alhambra necklaces, etc.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this – how do you balance buying jewelry with clothes, especially these days, when the cost of a designer jacket (ahem, Chanel ready to wear) can literally be the same as a Cartier bracelet? How do you value each, and do you use a different system when determining what to buy for jewelry versus clothing?
PS: Van Cleef & Arpels just underwent its second price decrease in the last five months…yes you heard me right, decrease. I can’t think of another luxury house, especially jewelry, which has had two consecutive decreases so close together, and the prices are now ever so much closer to “reasonable”, especially on certain pieces which they had really jacked up prices on earlier, like the diamond Perlee clover bangle. If you’ve been on the fence for awhile..now might be a good time. I can’t imagine prices going lower in the future, especially since they’re now essentially at parity with Europe, even taking into account the tax refund.