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Fashion Flashback: 17 R29ers, 17 First-Time Splurges

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    You know the feeling…hands shaking, heart racing, foot tapping. Yes, we're talking about your first high-fashion crush, the one item you swore you couldn't live without. That is, until you spent all your cash (and then some), put it in your closet, and then, regretted every minute of it. We're right there with you. Here at R29 HQ, we've fallen in love and had our hearts broken more times than we can count.

    Still, there's no moment quite like that first. So, we've rounded up 17 style splurges that had us at "hello." The cumulative effect? A museum of It bags, "designer" duds (that really do deserve the quotations), and, yes, even some items we still covet to this day. Take a look at our earliest walks around the fashion block and tell us what you thought you'd die without…until you didn't.

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