5 Reasons Why I’m Ok Not Buying Anything Designer… For Now

If I had to label myself and my blog niche, it would always be that I’m a normal high street girl who likes to share good bargains with my readers whilst keeping up to date with all the best wearable trends.

Well, I like to think that sounds about right.

I’ve always been a high street girl and perhaps a love for having lots of new things as well as not a lot of money growing up lead to me leaning towards bargain high street shops (Primark, New Look) when I first started getting into fashion. These days I still shop in the same places, but now I’m older and I have a job I do treat myself in more expensive shops such as Topshop, River Island and Next when I fancy something with better quality.

But here I am in this huge fashion world that I’m obsessed with and I’ve never owned anything properly designer. No Chloe handbags, no Gucci belts, no Prada sunglasses, no designer slogan t-shirts, no designer studded ankle boots. WHO AM I? Am I a really ‘fashionista’ *vomit* if I don’t own anything designer?

A few weeks ago I had a major sop/slump/weep/moan about the fact that I wanted a Gucci or a Chloe handbag purely because (well my argument was) – if I don’t get one now then when will I? But now just isn’t the time, and I’ve realised I’m perfectly happy living the high street life for now. Here’s 5 reasons why which might help if you’re not sure whether to take the designer plunge or not.

1) The first issue is obviously going to be the cost. For some it’s not a problem, but for me it’s the big one. Ones I like the look of are around £1200 but to be honest I’m only looking at those because they’re smaller and cheaper, so ideally for bigger ones they’d be up to £1500. Some of the bags I’d LOVE are the Gucci Marmont velvet bag, the Chloe Faye or the Burberry Banner tote. When looking at the price I can’t help but think how much of a mistake it would be when I’m meant to be saving for a house, finishing learning how to drive and then finally buying a car. ROBYN, REMEMBER HOW MUCH YOU HATE WAITING AT BUS STOPS.

2) I change my mind so often. I have a feeling that I’d buy a lush designer bag then a new one would come out two months later and I’d want that one. What a vicious cycle that could turn out to be. The budget prices of the high street means I do what I currently do and buy a new handbag every now and then when I see a new one that I fancy.

3) Which leads on to the fact that I get SO bored with my outfits, and love changing up my looks. I change my work handbag every few weeks and it’s great having different handbags to choose from for various outfits. If I bought a designer bag I’d have to go with a black or neutral one so it would ‘go with everything’ but that defeats the point of me trying to bold-up my wardrobe, which I’m also trying to do… Dilemma! I’m obsessed with the bright pink one from Next in this outfit, but it wouldn’t go with everything, would it?

4) I swear everyone ends up having the same ones. I love having a new bag that I found at the depths of a high street shop and not seeing anyone else with the same one. Every blogger ends up having the same designer stuff, and although they look amazing and I’m very (very) jealous, it’s nice to support the smaller independent brands or high street brands and keep your outfit totally different.

5) Finally… How the HELL would I pick one?! That much money on ONE thing?! That kinda responsibility is just too much and I don’t think I could make a decision without tweeting, putting a poll on Insta stories, messaging 3 group chats and asking all of my family members which they prefer. (then ignoring them all and picking the one I want).

Jacket – c/o Lasula

Tee – Topshop (tall here)

Jeans – c/o Debenhams

Bag – Next

Boots – c/o Rocket Dog

Belt – ASOS

What do you think of designer purchases? Do you own anything – give me your advice! Should I save or splurge?! All I know is that my time will come… I just might have to wait a few years – unless I get a lottery win!

R x


* c/o shows items gifted to me for the purpose of the post but all items are chosen and styled by myself! *


  1. 19th February 2018 / 10:33 am

    I don’t have any designer purchases. Like you, I’m much happier with my high street buys! I love this look by the way!xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucy-cole.co.uk

  2. 19th February 2018 / 2:37 pm

    Robyn I absolutely LOVE this post! I was feeling a bit shit recently with so many amazing girls treating themselves to designer products and its simply something I cannot afford. But you are so right and have made me feel so much better! I shall just do me and enjoy my topshop bag 🙂 xxx


    Ellie xx

  3. 19th February 2018 / 4:57 pm

    Absolutely zero designer purchases over here! I’d love to treat myself to something one day, but in all honesty I can’t see a good time to do that in the next few years – like you, we’re trying to save for a house, and my rent/bills/car/tendency to shop at lunchtimes means my wages seem to disappear very quickly. I’d rather continue to be able to pick up a couple of new things a month than have to forego those for months and months in order to afford one handbag right now! Love that tee, keep nearly buying it xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

  4. 20th February 2018 / 5:13 pm

    I totally agree with all your points and that’s why I couldn’t ever justify a designer bag! I’ll just stick with my accessorise ones thanks <3

    G is for Gingers xx

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