Belts - truly an investment piece for me
I'm very particular about how I spend my money, and while I may give some the impression that 'I blow my money', there are very few items that I consider to be true investment pieces where I'm willing to put down some serious dough. Belts are one of them. Belts may actually be the only wardrobe item, second to some bags, that I am willing to pay full price to ensure that I get quality.
I'm pretty particular about belts so when I buy one, I want it to last a very long time so I don't have to replace it, if possible, ever. I owned only two for the longest time (Gucci and Louis Vuitton, which have held up beautifully for 8 and 4 years respectively) before venturing out 2 years ago to do some wardrobe soul-searching.
I still took my time to buy the right ones, but I didn't spend a lot of money on them in case I didn't use them. I purchased 2 inexpensive belts at Banana Republic and one of them, an off-white skinny belt with gold hardware, I have used to death.
I need this style of belt to be part of my wardrobe staple.
Finding the perfect one, is not easy. Now that I know it's going to be a staple piece, I need to search for THE ONE so I don't have to go through the pain of replacing it, exactly like I am experiencing now. I found the Banana Republic version on sale for $8.99 (totally worth the money as a test piece) but totally not worth it to replace the same belt for regular price at $45.99. Knowing its quality and how often I intend to use it, it's just money down the drain.
I spent the last year searching high and low for the perfect one and I will continue to wait patiently until I find it. A belt is something I refuse to compromise on, and I stand firmly behind that.