What’s Your Biggest Fashion Splurge Ever?

by Brande Victorian

A couple of days ago, MTV Twitter J and “Fatshion” blogger Gabi Fresh had a post on Glamour about making her very first high-end shoe purchase—a pair of red bottom heels.

Though the plus style icon isn’t one to follow celebrity trends, she said she fell in love with Christian Louboutin’s Unbout Illusion pumps after seeing them on a few different gossip blogs, and at 25 she figured:

“It’s about time for a classic grown up pair of heels.”

So, to Barney’s she went and became the proud owner of the $795 pair of pumps which are now completely out of stock. Win!

Gabi’s experience made me think about my own first big fashion splurge. Like her, I spent my ends on footwear, although the pair was nowhere near as expensive as the ones she bought. I walked into Nordstrom and decided I’d try to just find a trendy, fun pair of pumps I really liked without paying attention to the price tag and I walked out with a pair of snake print Steve Madden stilettos for about $125. For someone who doesn’t like to spend on shoes because I don’t take care of them, that was big.

Most of us try to get the most bang for our buck when we need a little retail therapy but there are times when we see something we just have to have and inhibitions go out the door and ramen noodles come in as we justify as purchase. As long as you don’t break the bank, there’s nothing wrong with a little splurge in the name of style every now and then. At least that’s what we tell ourselves when we hand our hard-earned money over to the cashier.

What’s the biggest fashion purchase you’ve ever made?

  • OSHH

    $500 on some haute booties.
    $675 on some Blvgari frames.

  • Leonie UK

    £400 on a pair of Nike trainers= worth every penny
    £600 on a pair of Gina heels=waste of money

    I’ve been informed by my elders,that you should splurge every now and then, just for the memories. I prefer to splurge on hoildays instead, but everynow and then Harrods and Selfridges gets a little looky…Damm the double dip recession.

  • Jess

    To mark my 30th birthday I bought very first Louis Vuitton bag. The Tivoli Gm set me back $1600.00. But it’s the type of bag that I will have forever and besides, you only turn 30 once.

  • pe.riche.

    My first “adult” splurge was one year ago when I was 23. I am a handbag girl, and purchased the Louis Vuitton Damier Speedy 30 for $750.

    But I mostly splurge on electronics. I could be an Apple spokeswoman! Lol.

  • http://whatshaute.com What’s Haute

    Two Céline bags. I love the classic style and can carry them forever. They are my version of the Birkin!

  • pe.riche.

    I have been contemplating Céline as my next purchase.

    Are you happy with the overall quality of the bags? Do you find that they maintain their snap well even when carrying many items?

  • Mia

    I’m a watch girl, my biggest purchases were a Philip Stein watch for a little over $2500 and a Michele watch for about $1600.

  • The Taker

    $250 pair of combat boots not meant for actual combat.

  • The Taker

    Oh and just wanted to take the time out to say, Gabi I love everything about you. You are awesome. O,k thanks….

  • apple

    none yet.. but i would loveeee an alexander wang brenda bag $400-700 and an alexander mcqueen skull ring $199 …but i’m too broke to enjoy a splurge

  • iQgraphics

    Dear Mothership,
    Please forgive me. I know that I will not be able to take these things with me when I board.
    Back in my HEY. When I was making money, hand over fist…

    I bought:
    Louis Vuitton pumps $1,375
    Fendi Zucchino Mules $475
    Fendi Zucchino Glass Slides $375 – Which I dogged!! SMGDH
    Dior Hollywood Sandals $475
    Dolce&Gabanna Gladiators $375

    That’s only about 10% of my idiotic purchases that I made while my third eye was asleep. I have couture gowns, odd handbags… etc…

    A mess
    I know

  • iQgraphics

    I’m patiently waiting for Steve or Jessica to knock off those illusion sandals.

  • The Taker

    Hey don’t go feeling so bad.. Hopefully you kept some of your stuff in great condition and maybe you can make some money back. Maybe a shop and swap.

  • Jess

    There’s always Ebay too. I sell old designer bags and stuff each year to fund new purchases.

  • Dalili

    A Dolce & Gabbana dress that at the time cost more than 10 of my other dresses put together.

  • Princess P

    I’m about to be 27 in a few months, and I’ve yet to make a huge splurge on any one item. I tend to put my money into travel.

    Took a trip to L.A. last spring, New York right after in the summer (all by myself!).

    As much as I would love to order half of Monif C.’s collection, I’m still trying to make ends meet in my first job post college. I figure by 30 I should be set up enough to drop a couple notes on a classic (but expensive) fashion item.

  • iQgraphics

    Yes, I did. Boxes, books and dustbags…

    So embarrassed sometimes. Those LV’s cost more than my first car.
    But at the time, I lived the city life. Cabs and the subway were everything.

  • mamareese

    Um what…..I’ve never paid more than 100.00 shoo more that 50.00 for ANY piece of clothing I own and I know my closest is busting with some of the flyest gear (I pride myself on looking haute at all times). I guess you can consider the Aldo boots that were valued at 210.00 that I bought for 3.50 new and never worn my splurge. It’s called Goodwill ya’ll go the the ones in rich areas and you’ll find stuff with the price tag still in tact. That is the only reason why my 9yr old rocks a coach bag….it was thifted. But ya’ll giving my heart flutters with the prices of this stuff 1600.00 bucks on a bag…..get it girl….but that’s morgage, car payment and groceries in my house. Honey….can we come live with you LOL!!!! Go head on then……Ebay said they’d hook you up for the low…..

  • Simone L

    Yeah..tee hee. Me too. I don’t pay full price for anything and I’m pushing 30. I want to have savings in tact before I make a splurge. Just hearing one of my friends cry broke and late for rent for a Loius bag made me cringe.

  • Isis

    Few years ago i bought The lv damier speedy 25 for 640

  • c0c0puffz

    A Michael Kors handbag and a IPad 2.

  • c0c0puffz

    A Michael Kors handbag and a IPad2.

  • SimplyTia

    I don’t usually splurge on purses ($50 is my max), but the Michael Kors handbags were so classy and ladylike, that I finally caved and bought one…HUGE MISTAKE! I had to send it to repair…twice! And it hasn’t been a year since I bought it. Some of my $20 purses still hold strong after several years!
    Other than that, I splurged on things I know I will be using for a while / classic pieces e.g. sunglasses ( 2 Marc Jacobs…I love them!), winter coat (Canada Goose…I cant stand the cold), the perfect black leather boots, etc. I couldn’t convince myself to spend $700 on stilettos or a dress…I would rather use that money to fund a trip! That makes for even better memories!

  • apple

    Be careful on eBay . Sometimes people will buy your stuff then get a fake one and report you for counterfeiting and send you back the fake one while they keep the real one !

  • LN

    26 years old and never splurged on anything in my life. Just can’t bring myself to do it. Could be because I work from home and don’t really go out that much, so I don’t have any reason/incentive to dress up.

    If I DID splurge, it would be on a vintage Chanel purse and a pair of Louboutin heels.

    But all the money I don’t spend on splurging, I do spend on plumping up my savings account. I currently have $10,000 in my rainy day fund!


    I splurged on a Louis Vuitton when I was around 18 or 19…before having my own bills, lol. The only other item worth splurging on myself will be a classic Chanel quilt bag…I don’t know when, but at some point in my life I will drop that $2500 and never look back lol

    …I’ve also been eyeing a pair of $500 Chanel flats…

  • Jess

    @JIN oh yeah, the Chanel 2.55 is a must have classic!

  • Isis

    I want a Michele watch soooo bad

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    A Marc Jacobs collection bag.

  • Jai

    I’m saving for a splurge for my 30th birthday in a few months. Not sure what I want, but I’ll have about $1500-2000 on deck for the purchase.

    I’ve spent a couple hundred dollars on a suit before, but other than that, no real big purchases yet.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Jin- You should hurry up and purchase that Chanel bag because the company has been doing increases of 20% for the last few years now.

    You can get a pair of Chanel flats for about 400-500 bucks at Bergdorf Goodman when they have the big winter sale in Dec-Feb.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Oh I want a Celine bag. I loved that little box Celine bag that was popular a few years ago.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir


    When SaksFifth Avenew has a “friends and family” sale, Alexander McQueen jewerly is usually included with an extra 15% knocked off the price. This is just something to keep in mind. Your luck shall soon change.

  • indigorama

    As a broke grad student, I splurged on a $30 sweater.. made my heart hurt lmao!

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Jai- Unless you have something in mind, I say use the money for travel(Paris).

    If you want to buy a bag or shoes, make sure the bag is a bag that can be worn everyday. If you plan on buying shoes, make sure the shoes are shoes you can walk in for a few hrs.

    Always try to go for big sales in Dec-Jan. I got a pair of Gucci Bamboo-Bit Ballerina for 220 bucks last Winter.

    Avoid bag with Logos trust me, you’ll get sick of looking at the logo in no time.
    *shakes head about 400.00 spent on LV bag*

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    lmao…I hear ya..I mostly shop thrift but my pockets still hurt :(

  • Angela

    the most that I have spent was $60ish bucks for a rachel roy outfit, shoes was $60ish, ipod (a couple years back) and RENT- NYC EDITION. thats crazy that you will spend something like that. Now i can see if its your 30th b-day, that when i would want to splurge. Im 27 living in new york city on my own so I cant ball like you guys.

  • Angela

    LOL …i thought i was the only one that felt that way when it comes to things like that. i would get upset (a little) when there wasnt additional off in clearence.

  • binks

    I am becoming that way, I use to slurge on handbags and shoes but don’t anymore because I can’t bring myself to do it at this point shoes are shoes and handbags are handbags no matter whose name is on it *though I do have a soft spot for a Chanel bag* but I do spurge on hair products/skin care products not so much fashion anymore

  • MzThang

    Michael Kors Satchel purse $350 that I caught on sale and had been lusting over for months

  • http://www.nobabylonallowed.blog.com EnsomCityEmpress

    i was working retail and going to school and saw this $200 dollar maxi dress with a Lapis Lazuli embellishment in the centre. I saved up for weeks to get it, got it,I still have it, its very beautiful on me, fits me very well. Best $200 I have ever spent!

  • Honey

    My first one, back in college Sergio Rossi boots half the original price about $400 found at winners
    More than 1 year after I had my first real job: Michael Kors bag $400
    When I got my bachelor diploma in the mail: A NY local bag (flea bags) about $500
    Planning to buy another Michael Kors bag about $400 if I get my industry certificate.
    Don’t say things like black girls like to splurge on brands yadda yadda
    I completed my bachelor in 4 years, luckily paid off my student debt as soon as I could while looking like Lisa Bonet going to university. I love her however she is an artist I am in corporate field. I cannot go to work with ripped jeans like I used to do at university and still do during weekends.
    I did not travel at more than a thousand dollars trip while friends were doing it using credit. I worked almost full time while going to school full time.
    Doing the strict minimum while helping my parents.
    I have only one credit card. Mainly pays things cash. Won’t skip mortgage for a a bag or clothing.
    Now when I set goals and achieve them, I thank the Lord then sometimes I buy myself a little material I like.
    Dress like the job you want not the job you have!

  • Honey

    Oh boy I wish I could have a Celine bag like this one http://abisyjan.tumblr.com/post/17887808519
    It is over my budget. Did you pay yours full price? If not where I can I get one at a lower price? Thanks

  • V

    it was my first pair of Louboutin’s….the Candy Pump in black. it is what attracted me to the brand. now i don’t even consider them expensive lol


  • http://theantifash.blogspot.com The Antifash

    I’m 27 living in new york city on my own so I cant ball like you guys. BOOM!

    Not 27 until the end of the year, and ot in NYC (very soon though) but you said all I needed to say. I also have 0 credit card debt so yeah…

  • http://theantifash.blogspot.com The Antifash

    I purchased the spring 2009 Gucci backpack Robyn Fenti was carrying around for less than half the price at sample sale, but that’s the extent of my splurging. Sure there are tons of items I would like to splurge on, and I work with high fashion items straight from the runways in my career so I completely understand splurging on higher quality items that will last. I’m just not in that place in my life yet. Even at 26…sigh.

    The Louboutins Gabby purchased are the best looking ones I have seen in a long time. I too would splurge on them if I had the coins, or some fab Miu Miu’s or classic Blahnik bebe’s… Don’t get me started lol.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    My first splurge was a few years after undergrad on a Kooba bag. I paid cash as I refused to put something like that on a credit card. I didn’t trust myself to pay it off immediately.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    I was lusting over a Balenciaga bag about 7 years ago, now I don’t even remember what it looked like.

  • Chelsea

    I rather spend my money on travel.

  • minna k.


    Get you some room mates so that you can buy groceries once in a while.

  • Toni

    Louboutin Simples in black-595
    Louboutin Pigalle’s in nude-625
    Louis Vuitton Pouchette- 460 *years ago*
    Big black Marc Jacobs bag – Saks Friends and Family, don’t remember the exact price

    Saving up for a Damier Neverfull this summer

    Happy Shopping!

  • http://whatshaute.com What’s Haute

    @ pe.riche. – I own a suede one and a leather one. Yes, I am very pleased with the quality. Both are very well made and the construction is amazing! The suede one (http://whatshaute.com/index.php/2011/12/my-style-baltimore-harbor-zara-blazer-bb-dakota-top-dvf-pants-celine-luggage-tote/) I have carried more and has gotten kinda ‘worn-in’ the way a good leather jacket would after you wear it for a while. But it’s still holding up well. The pink leather one (http://whatshaute.com/index.php/2012/01/my-style-pops-of-pink-j-crew-striped-popover-blouse-hudson-jeans-celine-leather-luggage-tote-in-neon-pink/) is much sturdier.

    @ Honey – Celine bags unfortunately don’t go on sale. They frequently get snapped up as soon as they hit the store!

  • http://www.talesfromtheurbansocialite.com Amber (The Urban Socialite)

    My biggest fashion splurge so far was $100 on a pair of Nine West heels I bought as a 21st birthday present to myself. I wear a size 10 and I have a wide foot, so whenever I find a comfortable shoe I don’t mind paying a little extra. When I turn 23 this summer I plan on buying myself a limited edition Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse roses speedy. They’re going for about $1200 on eBay.

  • Candy 1

    I don’t splurge too much. I can’t afford to. However, I have some nice things in my closet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yolandamarie84 Yolanda Marie

    $160 for a pair of heels I ordered online from Bakers that I ended up taking back and exchanging for a $90 pair because the more expensive ones looked shitty when I received them. I have definitely though about spending more though…I freakin LOVE shoes. It literally hurt my feelings to see that the writer said that she doesn’t take care of her shoes. I have shoes from 5-7 years ago that still look brand new because I keep them in the original boxes! And I have so many pairs that they all don’t really get a lot of wear on a regular basis. Did I mention that I LOVE shoes???

  • scrabbleq

    @Honey-I can relate *claps* I buy myself a birthday bag every year. Bloomingdale’s normally has a friends and family sale around that time. My car is paid for, I don’t have debt, I clip coupons, and do a bunch of free events with my friends. I have never missed any type of payment on anything (rent, previous car note) because I wanted to shop. I don’t make a lot of money, but I manage pretty well with what I have. I refuse to be “hood rich”. A Louis bag with only bubble gum and coins inside, but no 401k.

  • overseas_honeybee

    Yes ma’am. Bought my first LV when I came home from Afghanistan. Marched right in the store and paid cash. After dodging bullets and God knows what else … a sista earned that bag. Still have it and it still knocks hard!

  • TheBlackBelle

    I guess i’m good with bargains and lucky to catch close out liquidations…Bloomies went out of business @ 1 of the malls so I got lots of things deeply discounted.So did Bebe. And Dillards gives me life year after year around Feb. when they have MAJOR shoe bargains for the start of a new season/ending an old one. As for items I actually splurged on??

    *Clarisonic Plus- $225 (I’m a skin product/tools snob..I dont skimp on skin care whatsoever!) Works like a dream! Worth every red cent!
    *Skin Biology Products- $300+( over the years)..They really work and a little goes a loooong way!
    *Jeffrey Campbells -$208 I HAD to have them! (No, not the Lita’s..cant remember the name right now though)*
    *Weaves/Maintainence of weaves $400+ …(hangs head in shame)….but after just reading and laughing @that article on Gabby’s bad weaves, I do feel like it was a justified purchase!lol

    I said when I “made it” I would easily drop on some CL’s…but i’m thinkin more Balenciaga, Balmain, Nicholas Kirkwoord and Brian Atwood. Great designs, COMFORTABLE footwear, and quality mean more to me now than showing off a red bottom statement shoe. I still have a bit of show off in me though. Cant even lie. But that will be expressed through my Chanel bags. I plan to have 1-2 by the end of the year!
    If I don’t get there I have already prepared a will that says I will be buried in Chanel and pearls! lol. Get there or die in it!

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