Llanelli Star - - FASHION FOCUS -

I RE­ALISE I am not alone in this goal, but I am hop­ing to win the lot­tery. There is a one-in-45-mil­lion chance of me winning the jack­pot but the odds are slashed to a very gen­er­ous one-in-sev­en­mil­lion of me get­ting five num­bers, so I’m hope­ful. I’m not af­ter a yacht, or a heli-pad in my front gar­den. Pri­vate health­care for ev­ery­one I love, plus a place in the sun would do me nicely though. When I start to carve out this imag­i­nary wind­fall, I in­evitably imag­ine my ev­ery­day spend­ing.

I find my­self won­der­ing what would change when I go shop­ping for clothes. Would I skip the high street al­to­gether? Would I turn my nose up at my beloved Zara and shop ex­clu­sively in de­signer shops?

I have ruled out cou­ture, this level of spend is re­served for oli­garchs and in­ter­na­tional roy­alty with each piece cost­ing tens of thou­sands of pounds. My

Is a Chanel suit too much for a lot­tery win­ner’s school run?


I LOVE that bum­bags have made come back. My daugh­ter tells me I’m too old but they would be so use­ful for a fes­ti­val. Is there a “grown-up” ver­sion?


BUM-BAGS have clev­erly been re­branded belt-bags for those old enough to re­mem­ber them first time around, the tip is to wear it across your imag­i­nary lot­tery win won’t stretch that far.

I would set my sights a bit lower – the world of lux­ury brands, Chanel, Stella Mc­Cart­ney, Chloe – all the clothes I see and even dare to touch in store, but never dream of own­ing.

When prices stretch into the thou­sands for a dress or a jacket it’s sim­ply not an op­tion. But if my bank bal­ance sud­denly swelled, would I sud­denly be com­fort­able wear­ing a £5,000 jacket? Would I keep it for spe­cial oc­ca­sions?

And what would I wear on the school run? Do I up­grade my gym clothes, my jeans, my knick­ers? Will my style stay the same or will I pre­fer a lit­tle more bling?

Would I sud­denly find my­self in stud­ded shoul­ders and python skin as stan­dard and would the thrill of vin­tage shop­ping be lost when I can af­ford any­thing I de­sire?

How will I make good sar­to­rial de­ci­sions when I don’t have to give my pur­chase as much thought?

Will I con­sume with aban­don like a Kar­dashian or buy only a few spe­cial items and trea­sure them?

Luck­ily, I have a lit­tle time to mull it over and set some ground rules... just un­til my num­bers come up. Rec­tan­gu­lar waist bag, was £59, now £39, Open­ing Cer­e­mony (end­cloth­

chest not on the waist. Gucci do leather styles but I pre­fer can­vas. This Open­ing Cer­e­mony bag is from the men’s range but is nice and roomy for a fes­ti­val.

■ JOANNE is a stylist and personal shop­per with more than 16 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the fash­ion in­dus­try. Email: Joan­necwatkin­[email protected]

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