• Rachael Clifton

Making Invesments


Jacket - ACNE Studios

Scarf - ACNE Studios (via Liberty London)

Boots - Saint Laurent (via Browns Fashion)

Sunglasses - RayBan (via ASOS)

Bag - APC

Necklace - Rachel Jackson London

Jeans - American Apparel

Shirt - Archive by Alexa @ M&S

Spending the best part of a months rent on a pair of boots or a leather jacket might seem a little excessive, however that all depends on the boot or jacket in question. There is no way I would spend that kind of money on a 'trend' item or anything too fancy that I may only wear once or twice, however I have definitely been known to splash out and invest in some super solid classic pieces that will see me through season after season. That's sensible shopping right?

Let's start with my most recent investment - these Saint Laurent lace up ankle boots. At £300 per boot they are no impulse purchase, but are something I've been considering for a while now. They're black, they're flat and I don't already own any similar versions. I've had a lace-up ankle boot shaped gap in my wardrobe for a while now and after eyeing up many, many options, my feet and I concluded that these were the winners. They literally go with everything, they can be dressed up or down and they are super comfortable. A one-size-fits-all option that, when importantly questioning myself on 'would I want to pack these in a limited space case for a week away' the answer was a definite yes. I was after a classic pair that I would wear with everything and they wouldn't date. I have A LOT of ankle boots (that I love dearly don't get me wrong) but they are all very much a certain boot for a certain look rather than pairs I can literally throw on with anything, cue these Saint Laurent lace-up lovelies. So I'll be wearing them on repeat with jeans, tights, bare legs and Summer dresses for the next approx. five years. Stay tuned on whether they actually stand the test of time...here's hoping.

Secondly, and probably one of my most prized wardrobe possessions - my ACNE Studios black leather biker jacket. It has seen me very well through the last few years and isn't gonna stop anytime soon (I hope). This jacket is the justification of spending a house deposit (slight exaggeration) on an item of clothing. We met in May 2014 (no, we don't have an anniversary I actually just scrolled back through my instagram that far to confirm this) when I worked at Liberty, and I had the excellent perk of nabbing this for half price. I had wanted it for SO long. I had sold a fair few body parts (well, items of clothing) on Depop and Ebay to fund this and finally it was mine, and I couldn't have been happier. When I posted it way back on Insta I hash tagged 'nevertakingitoff' and 'mightsleepinit' and although I have yet to do a full nights sleep avec le jack (I've snoozed) I haven't taken it off very much. My point being that cost per wear is about 50p and it's still going just as strong almost three years on, proving that making investments (the right ones) is wardrobe worthwhile.

Rachael

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