Once upon a time, I'd buy designer fashion labels. Brand spanking new. Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier and Versace were my chosen brands. I can't really tell you why I chose to buy such expensive clothes, I suppose I was earning a relatively good salary at the time, and had a higher disposable income, taking aside life's financial priorities that change later in life.
There is the assumption that designer clothes are of better quality, which is certainly the case when compared with poorly made disposable fast fashion that we find in shops today. Although, as fashion changes so frequently, it does seem ludicrous to spend so much money on just one item of clothing.
I'll be honest with you, I do still buy the occasional designer label, but, only if I happen upon it second hand. Much in the way one might find a gorgeous silk piece in-between the polyester nasty, or an original vs modern replica vintage number, second hand shopping has a certain jackpot element to it, there's an admitted rush to finding a quality garment, particularly when found at a bargain price.
I have recently purchased a blouse with a designer label. It is not one of the higher end designers, but still usually comes with a price tag I'd otherwise not consider. SABA, an iconic Australian label by Joseph Saba, that has been in existence since 1974. I'll admit, it was the label that caught my eye before the garment, I'd always admired SABA's designs.
On first feel it became apparent this white blouse was silk, it is beautiful to wear, and a great fit. At $6 in Salvos, maybe I did hit the recycled fashion jackpot this time.
I know Laura (A Little Boutique Near Home) has an impeccable eye for a designer label, the pieces she finds on her op shop jaunts are amazing, and always suit her style.
Readers, do you look for second hand designer labels for your own wardrobe? If so, what has been your best luxury label find?