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Ten Expensive Things to Splurge on Today

What the Racked shopping department would buy if they were rich.

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Brother Vellies baby blue suede Oasis Florence Boot
Brother Vellies Oasis Florence Boot ($650)

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Every time I get cash as a gift (whether that be for Christmas, or in the form of a tax return) I end up throwing it in my bank account — where it inevitably goes toward boring stuff like groceries or Ubers — instead of putting it all toward one big purchase, like a trip or a really great bag. This year is unfortunately no different.

In an alternate universe, I would definitely buy the boots above, and a few other things I’ve listed below. I asked two of my coworkers — menswear editor Cam Wolf and associate market editor Tanisha Pina — to join me in a game of pretend today, and share the things they would buy if they had it in them to splurge.


Acne Studios Velocite Shearling Jacket
Acne Studios Velocite Shearling Jacket ($2,800)

What I really need to buy today is a new bed frame and a new couch, BUT I would so much rather spend that money on literally anything else. I have been pining for those Brother Vellies Oasis Florence Boots in baby blue for months. They’re $650, which is the same amount I was planning to spend at Ikea.

And what I really want — like, really really want — is this insane Acne Studios Velocite Shearling Jacket at Opening Ceremony, which is $2,800 and thus considerably more than my monthly rent. But isn’t it incredible?

Comparatively, this Winter Mockneck Bodysuit from Land of Women is cheap at $230, but this is a hard thing to justify, even if it is “made of soft Italian Ponte” and has “a subtle shapewear effect” (their words) and is “actually perfect” (mine). —Tiffany Yannetta, shopping director


A jar of La mer Creme de la Mer
La Mer Crème de la Mer ($310)

I've been dreaming of my first Gucci purchase for well over a decade, and while this particular pair of Fringed Suede Pumps ($750) is equal to one month of my New York City rent, I'll get endless wear out of them, from formal occasions to jeans and T-shirt kind of days.

La Mer Crème de la Mer: This is a great time to investigate why half of my Instagram feed spends more than $300 on moisturizer. (I also admittedly just think it'll make a pretty addition to my medicine cabinet.) —Tanisha Pina, associate market editor


Saint Laurent brown Suede Chelsea Boots
Saint Laurent Suede Chelsea Boots ($895)

God, I want this Noah Baby Camel Hair Hoodie ($628) so bad. I've read the product description — about how camel hair works in both the bitter cold and extreme heat — and am not even grossed out about how they source the material — "harvested from molting camels." Plus, it just looks so sleek.

Pro of working in fashion: getting to stare at beautiful cool-looking things all day. Con of working in fashion: knowing I'm probably never going to own many of those things, like this Prada Jacquard-Knit Wool Sweater ($1,260). My shrine to Miuccia will shine on, though.

This Undercover Loser Hoodie ($340) is a tricky thing. Without it, the description is accurate: I am a loser. With it, my fortunes might change, but then I'm still wearing a hoodie that reads "Loser."

uyl,fgi. obunli;ym Fuck, sorry, I just passed out on my keyboard because these Saint Laurent Suede Chelsea Boots ($895) are so pretty.

A Rick Owens biker jacket is a perpetual splurge item. If I had this Stooges Full-Grain Leather Jacket ($2,460), maybe I could stop being such a disappointment to my parents. Maybe.

Editor’s note: Somehow, this $2,340 Raf Simons Oversized Distressed Virgin Wool Sweater SOLD OUT in the process of writing this post. Who did this? —Cam Wolf, menswear editor