Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Weekend purchasing . . .

Anyone who knows me in real life (which I could have abbreviated to IRL, but I refuse to on moral grounds) will know that I have the tiniest shopping problem. I guess it’s what makes fashion blogging so perfect for …

Mon, Mar 15, 2010, 10:46

   

Anyone who knows me in real life (which I could have abbreviated to IRL, but I refuse to on moral grounds) will know that I have the tiniest shopping problem. I guess it’s what makes fashion blogging so perfect for me – I buy, therefore I write. Or something.

Last week was a good week on the purchasing scale: new shoes from Topshop, a pair of jeans from My-Wardrobe (more on which to come), and this amazing crinkled cotton trench, by Burberry, from Net-a-Porter. At €461, it was just about at the top of my would-pay scale (and no, I haven’t yet purchased my Alexa – although Brown Thomas hasn’t called me to tell me it’s available, so I think they’re vetting prospective owners, the cads), but I came up with some foolproof logic to convince myself to part with the funds (well, to convince my future self – for what are credit card purchases but forms of theft, from one’s future self?).

Trenches are classic – they don’t go in and out of fashion, and beige is that perennial favourite. It’s a bit like elevator music, in a sartorial sense; while it won’t rock any foundations, it’s tolerated by everyone, and goes with (almost) everything. I also figured that, if it didn’t fit or didn’t suit, I could send it back, postage and packaging charges be damned.

And I didn’t make a bad choice; firstly, Net-a-Porter’s items come impeccably wrapped, in gorgeous black boxes, with black tissue and ribbon. Such a nice bundle to open on an evening after work. My trench was delivered within five working days; the first day they called, we were out, so I emailed DHL to request a new delivery day, and they emailed back immediately to say that was fine – the coat arrived the next day.

It fits! It’s gorgeous; it’s machine washable; the crinkled cotton gives it a lovely, wearable, casual feel and takes it from that staid Burberry style of yore to a more updated, younger fashion.

The cons? It was very expensive; more, in fact, than a month’s rent (but I’m no stranger to extortionate prices), and Net-a-Porter is, generally, prohibitively expensive. The euro-sterling conversion rate is a joke, but if you change your location to UK, you can benefit from a much kinder sterling charge, which your credit card company will then convert for you at more realistic rates.

My verdict? Classic purchases are investments. But be kind to them; I shan’t be wearing my Burberry on my bike, for example, much as I might want to, and it’s currently hanging on my wall, in an homage to my capitalist nature.