Your fashion guru is none other than the cute couture personal shopper to the stars, Idan Bail. Lay back, read up, and then hit the boutiques!
Many a time I find myself drooling over a pair of premium designer shoes, or bags. Yes, I’ll admit it. I’m a shoe and bag whore. As a private stylist and personal shopper my clients always say “I don’t want to spend too much” and I can understand their rationale. After all, clothes is just stuff. Right? Wrong!
Fact 1: Premium labels retain their value more so than a more commercial brand does.
Fact 2: Fashion has a trickledown effect. Those stunning Rollerboy Christian Louboutin loafers are now being manufactured by Steven Madden. Coincidence? Hardly. It all starts with premium designers and then is reworked to fit into the mass market of fast fashion.
Fact 3: The quality of a premium label is superior to that of a commercially manufactured brand. Why? Because you’re not going to pay a ton of money for something that will fall apart after a month of wear.
Every item contains what I’d like to call a cost per wear. Basically this is a way that I break down price to a client to justify the purchase of something expensive. My rationale is quality over quantity. It would be nice to have 20 pairs of Fendi shoes but one pair will last for the season.
We can determine the cost per wear by dividing the cost of the item by the number of times we can anticipate wearing the item. For example, a pair of shoes cost $700 and you can expect to wear them 70 times in a season. Their cost per wear is just $10.
It may sound ridiculous to think in such a way, but everyone has their own way to justify what they buy. I’m far from a millionaire but I know that it pays to invest in well made clothing and accessories.
Style Tip: All men, gay or straight, should own a pair of wing-tip shoes. They're classic and can be dressed up or down for any occasion. I'm in love with this version from Prada. They retail for $890 at
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