Like most things in life, the definition of a “splurge” varies from person to person. While the dictionary considers it “an act of spending money freely or extravagantly,” that might look like a $70 pair of boots to one woman and a $3,000 purse to another. So, to figure out what some women in our lives consider to be worthy wardrobe indulgences, we asked them to open up their closets and divulge all the details. Unsurprisingly, all 11 made very strong cases for these splurges that actually get lots of use in their everyday lives.
11 Women on the Best Splurge Purchase They Ever Made
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1. givenchy Wing Leather Tote
“I bought two...that’s how much I love a Givenchy tote,” Dabee, a 40-something living in New York admits. What’s so special about it? “It's light, classic black and it fits everything. I'd buy a third if I could find one.”
2. acne Studios Belted Double Wool Coat
“A camel coat is timeless. It can be dressed up or down and, duh, it’s warm,” says Alex, a San Francisco-based lawyer. Consider this a pricey—but stylish—alternative to your go-to puffer.
3. Allsaints Balfern Leather Biker Jacket
The one splurge in NYC-based Terri’s closet that she’s never regretted is an Allsaints leather jacket. The audience development manager explains: “I spent way too large a portion of one of my first-ever paychecks on it ten years ago, right when I first moved to NYC, and I still feel like it’s a special, classic, versatile and extremely well-made piece that adds a little something extra to any outfit I throw it over. Since I purchased it, I've worn it throughout the spring and fall, and sometimes even into the winter, every year!”
4. stuart Weitzman 50/50 Over The Knee Leather Boot
“These are my go-to boots when I’m wearing an above-the-knee sweater dress. Or I can throw them on with skinny jeans and a neutral sweater,” graphic designer Victoria tells us. Basically, she wears them with anything and everything—and who could blame her?
5. anya Hindmarch Small Neeson Woven Tote Bag
“I love anything from Anya Hindmarch—especially the bags,” Georgia, a London native explains. After seeing this woven leather wonder, we totally agree.
6. Gucci Soho Bag
"This bag fits my phone, my card holder and all the random junk that every woman has. Also, I have the black one, so it goes with everything,” Eman, a twenty-something New Yorker says. Sasha, a marketing manager who also loves her Gucci SoHo, adds, “I can wear mine with jeans casually or for a wedding or night out.”
7. theory Casual Single-breasted Blazer
“You can’t beat a good black blazer that’s made from quality material,” Sally, who's in her mid-twenties, smartly points out. And it really doesn’t get much better than Theory.
8. everlane The Straight-leg Crop
“I historically have never spent a lot of money on pants, but after years of hearing people rave, I finally decided to take the plunge,” explains Aly, director of social strategy at PureWow. “I had been looking for a pair of wide leg pants for quite some time and as soon as I put them on, I was ecstatic (like literally texting everyone in my phone about them). I have a pretty boxy figure so high-waisted pants are hard to come by, but these fit like a glove and I immediately bought two more pairs. It kind of made me realize that if you find bottoms that you love and that make you happy, it's worth the splurge.”
9. Saint Laurent Toy Loulou Puffer Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag
Anna, a fashion executive, sees her fashion purchases as more than just something to wear. She explains, “I never regret a great bag. If you find the right one, they’re totally timeless and even when they age can be used as art.”
10. Dear Frances Cube Boot
“A black pair of heeled booties are way too versatile to go for a cheap pair,” insists Angie, a twenty-something from North Carolina. We couldn’t agree more and suggest you opt for a pair with leather soles that can easily be refinished (or resoled with rubber), so you can wear your footwear investment year after year.
11. herno Padded Zip-front Coat
“Ski trip? Check. Chilly work function? Yup. Rainy dog walks? Also, yes,” explains 30-year-old Lisa, who is definitely getting her money’s worth out of this puffer.