Worth every penny

The maxim “you get what you pay for” isn’t true in all cases, but when it comes to today’s world of fast fashion, there are items worth spending extra on.

Here are six items in my closet that I’ll never regret paying each cent for:

Burberry Trench

A classic trench is a forever piece and no brand is more associated with the style than British label Burberry. But they cost $2,000 or more.

Ebay seller Barbourosa specializes in repurposing vintage Burberry coats to create new trenches for one-tenth of the designer price. I purchased one several years ago and absolutely love it.

The craftsmanship is top-notch, the style timeless, and I love that it is up-cycled from older coats. 

Tiffany Silver

Silver from the famed jeweller costs twice as much as other brands, but when you invest in Tiffany, you are assured of getting a classic piece that will never go out of style. 

In fact, some of their retired styles, such as the Frank Gehry collection, actually sell above the original price on the reseller market. Plus they offer free lifetime cleaning on all their jewelry.

I always get compliments when I wear my Tiffany wide Somerset ring. Even my husband likes to borrow it for a pinky ring.

Cole Haan ZeroGrand shoes

I have never worn such comfortable shoes. Cole Haan constructs loafers, sandals, oxfords and flats with ultra lightweight spongy soles and quality real leather uppers.

If you are looking for stylish shoes you can walk for miles in, invest in Cole Haans.

Lululemon Hoodie

It’s the hoodie that built an activewear empire. The Lulu classic has a unique design from its thumb loops to its scuba-style hood and wears like iron.

Yes, $128 is a lot for a hoodie, but get a neutral colour and it will last for years. I’ve bought two in the past decade, and only had to buy the second after losing the first on a trip to Asia.

While I’m at it, I may as well go on record that Lululemon makes the best workout clothes,  bar none. I’ve had bras, shorts and tees from the brand that have lasted eight or more years, while every cheaper brand I try falls apart after one.

Citizen Eco-Drive Watch

Citizen may not be as posh a brand as Rolex, but when it comes to ease and longevity of wear, I don’t think you can find a better value.

Its Eco-Drive technology converts light into power, so you never have to buy batteries. Their titanium wristbands are super lightweight and comfortable while being stylish at the same time.

Hermes Shawl

This is probably the biggest extravagance you can imagine ... paying $1,450 for a square of fabric. 

But this is not just any shawl. It is 140x140 cm of the highest quality: 70 per cent cashmere, 30 per cent silk blend. Crafted with the most beautiful artisanal designs and hand-rolled edges.

Get one in the right colours and it will be a wardrobe staple for life — keeping your neck warm in cool weather, protecting your shoulders on balmy evenings, even acting as a blanket during travel. 

While new ones are too dear for me, I did find a beautiful one half-price on eBay and loved it. Until I stupidly re-sold it. And still regret it.

What items in your closet were worth every penny? 


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Marla is best known for her 19-year career in the local charitable sector as a fund development and marketing manager with the Okanagan Regional Library, United Way, UBC Okanagan, and Kelowna Community Resources. 

In 2014, Marla and her husband decided to take a break from the work world, and, four years, later they are still enjoying Okanagan summers, winters in Mexico, and extensive travel. 

Marla has had a life-long passion for fashion, designing her own graduation dress and formal gown for the 1990 Miss Interior competition before age 20.

In 2014, she was named one of nine Style Ambassadors for a year-long marketing campaign at Orchard Park Mall. Her motto is “Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."

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