Classic designer purchases I’ll never regret (and some that I do)

Invest and love forever

With the resale market booming and more of us investing in vintage pieces or making use of rental sites, it has made me appreciate certain investments I have made and regret some of the others.

The hunger for just-in pieces isn’t diminishing (who doesn’t like looking forward to a new season) but there is less urgency or need for constant purchases. After all, we aren’t planning to travel or even going down to the local pub any time soon!

This shift in spending habits has inspired me to take a hard look at my wardrobe and analyse the pieces that I keep coming back to like a structured blazer, a timeless leather biker, classic shoes and a timless handbag. If I pick just one of these, the rest of the outfit comes together, however, some pieces always leave me stumped like a shirt with a loud print or Bermuda shorts (absolute disaster on my petite frame).

“Quiet luxury” is nothing new, but this approach to dressing became particularly prominent in 2020. Think classic and elevated pieces that stand the test of time. Case and point, the entire edit below showcases items in my wardrobe that are 5-10 years old yet feel as relevant today as they did then. My approach to 2021? Shop less but invest in forever gems.

Leather biker

Celine jacket, Louis Vuitton t-shirt and bag, Dolce & Gabbana jeans, Chanel scarf.
By Victoria Adamson.

Knit dress

Stella McCartney wool dress, Paige jeans, Chanel bag, Prada shoes.
By Victoria Adamson.

Leather trousers

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Agnona wrap coat, Ostwald Helgason sweatshirt, Dolce & Gabbana leather trousers, Chanel boots, Whistles hat.
By Silvia Olsen.

Button down shirt

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Chloe sunglasses, Prada shirt, Zara trousers.

Camel coat

Dolce & Gabbana coat and trousers, Topshop socks, Adidas trainers, Fendi bag.
By Victoria Adamson.

Knee-high boots

Louis Vuitton cape, Reiss roll neck, Dolce & Gabbana skirt, Prada boots and bag and Zara hat.
By Victoria Adamson.

Chanel flap bag

Preen jacket, Prada shoes, Chanel bag.
By Victoria Adamson.

Black sunglasses

Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, Nars pure matte lipstick, Lancome shine lover lipstick in 218.


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Levi’s jeans, Gucci shoes.

Chanel two-tone mules

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Zara jeans, Chanel shoes.

Buckle belt

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White sneakers

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And a few disasters

Bermuda shorts

Print bag

Prada coat, Anna K dress, Dolce & Gabbana bag.
By Victoria Adamson.

Platform loafers

Acne skirt Stella McCartney shoes.
By Victoria Adamson.

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