LAST JANUARY, MyLittleBird posted a story on a Wall Street Journal article that revealed the high price of beauty these days as recounted by three women in their 40s. We encouraged our readers to tell us how much they spend in a year on “maintenance” (haircuts, blow-dries, mani-pedis, hair color, also injectables). Responses tallied from $235 to about $7,000 and included one helluva hilarious list from LittleBird Stephanie Cavanaugh.
In a similar vein, in a London Times story last week, Times fashion director Anna Murphy polled her friends and colleagues (lawyers, real estate agents, civil servants, writers) on what they’d spend on an item of clothing for a “sartorial refresh” this time of year. Be it shoes, bags, jackets or pants, Murphy found that almost without exception, their “sweet spot” was between $300 and $450.
Which got us wondering about our own spending on clothes. Would you be outraged at the thought of shelling out more than $700 for a perfectly cut pair of pants from, say, Celine or The Row, or would you see it as a smart investment; is $250 for a Theory silk shirt reasonable or ridiculous? What’s your limit for a new handbag—what brand? Coach, Longchamp, Zara? What about loafers—$375 from Ann Mashburn, $175 from online-only Everlane?
As I mentioned last week, my most recent purchase was a $400 ultra-warm sweater jacket from Iro. It was a wardrobe pick-me-up but was also very valuable in the weeks ahead when the Fahrenheit fell to single digits.
So, we’d love to hear what you feel comfortable spending for shoes, boots, or that handbag or jacket you have your eye on. Please reply in comments or send us an email to email@example.com. Thank you!