What To Invest In With Your First Bonus

This is what you should splash on when you’re young – and use till you’re old

A timeless watch
14 Oct 2015

A timeless watch

The ideal timepiece is not only durable, but should have a design and movement that will never grow old. The subtly sporty Fastrider Chrono from Tudor (whose parent company is Rolex, no less) is your best bet. It’s inspired by the Ducati Scrambler and functions as well as the luxury motorcycle, boasting a power reserve of around 46 hours, a brushed steel case, stylish matte details and a sleek leather or rubber strap.

Photo: Tudor

A classic bag
14 Oct 2015

A classic bag

Buying a luxury bag may seem like a frivolous way to spend your first bonus, but hear us out. The right piece from the right brand will retain its value, so you’ll be able to resell it for a decent amount even years down the road. Our pick? The Chanel 2.55. Not only is it always coveted, it also looks great with any outfit so you’ll get tons of mileage.

Photo: Chanel

Proper bras
14 Oct 2015

Proper bras

Okay, these will probably not last you a lifetime, but the right bra is imperative to keeping your girls looking fine — and those you’ll have throughout your life. The key to picking out the best fit is to get your size measured by a professional. Try consulting the experts at your favourite lingerie shop and get yourself measured every two years to adapt your bra collection to changes in your body.

Photo: Triumph

A tailored blazer
14 Oct 2015

A tailored blazer

Given that most blazers sold off-the-rack usually don’t fit well, getting one tailored to fit your body is a wise wardrobe investment. It will make you look polished in the office (hello, future CEO!), plus you can use it to smartly pull together a casual ensemble for a night out. 

Photo: Saint Laurent

Well-made shoes
14 Oct 2015

Well-made shoes

Got countless kicks but none that won’t kill your feet? Time for a shoe closet revamp. Swap out poor-fitting shoes and start investing in pairs that will last and support your feet well. Start with these five key designs: Black pumps, ballet flats, casual sneakers, sports shoes (if you exercise) and cold weather boots (for when you travel). If you’re not a heels kind of girl, try a smart pair of leather brogues instead. 

Photo: Roger Vivier

Forget Christmas and the New Year, the main reason why we’re so excited for the last quarter is the looming year-end bonus. Getting your first payout is exhilarating — so much money, so many possibilities! You may be tempted to run out and go on a shopping spree, but with great amounts of cash comes great responsibility. Priorities: Pay off your bills, invest (safely and smartly) and save for retirement. Of course, it’s not all work and no play. Treat yourself to something nice as a reward for working hard for a full year — here are five must-haves to splurge on now that will last you a lifetime. 

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