Found this from 2008 SMH by Rachel Wells - sadly, it's even more applicable today.
With the economy showing no sign of improving any time soon, investment dressing is fast becoming the
new black. In the September issue of American Harper's Bazaar, the
editors dedicated two pages - squeezed between glossy ads for
luxury fashion label Etro, and designer shoe brand Giuseppe Zanotti
- to how to "recession-proof your wardrobe".
"Gucci or gas?" the headline screams, as the reporter goes on to
outline ways to "keep your wardrobe fresh for less" by skipping
disposable trends, sticking to your look, and buying cheap basics
while splurging on big ticket items such as a classic coat. She
does, however, forget to advise readers to a) "close their eyes",
or b) "don't get sucked in", by the shiny advertisements for luxury
labels splashed on every other page of the glossy monthly.
Even US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, a woman one would assume would
be safe from the vagaries of the economy, looks to be tightening
her designer belt. At the recent catwalk shows she adopted a strict
sheath and skirtsuit dress code. Or perhaps, she, too, has simply
fallen for the latest trend - "investment