1. Here are five tips on when to splurge and when to save.
And of course everyone’s idea of a “splurge” is different — so always consider your personal budget before making any wardrobe investment.
2. SPLURGE: Handbags
A great bag will elevate even the most basic outfit. Find something in a quality material and versatile style that goes with most of your wardrobe. It’s important look for durability and craftsmanship to ensure that it holds up under frequent use. Plus, if it’s something that you use nearly every day, your cost per wear (i.e. the cost divided by the number of times you use it) makes a splurge worth it.
(Bags listed clockwise from top left)
Space Style Concept $229
Modalu Antonia $245
Denim trends change with the wind, and even designer brands go on sale constantly. Mass market and lower priced brands like Gap and Zara catch on to trends quickly, and often do them well. Also scour department store and boutique sales for deals on designer denim — jeans are almost always overstocked.
(Jeans listed clockwise from top left.)
Cheap Monday $38
4. SPLURGE: Basics
Quality, and versatile basics can last you a long time. A well-made pencil skirt will do the work for you, and a cashmere sweater that doesn’t lose shape is worth every penny. Everyday jewelry crafted from pure materials won’t tarnish or irritate your skin and should last forever — saving you money in the long run. And ALWAYS make sure to follow the care instructions on the tag to ensure that your favorite items stand the test of time.
Leather Jacket Danier$239
Watch Michael Kors$250
Earrings Blue Nile$195
Booties Rag & Bone$495
Blazer Rebecca Taylor$325
5. SAVE: Trendy Items
Uber trendy fashion pieces keep you shopping from season to season. Remember a few years ago when every designer on the planet made harem pants? Yeah, I wish they didn’t either. The trend didn’t quite pick up, and those who forked over hefty price tag probably regretted their impulse buy when they couldn’t even resell them on eBay for a tenth of the price. Avoid buyers remorse by experimenting with an inexpensive version of the trend before investing the big bucks.
Black-and-white Dress Zara $40
Wedge Sneakers Go Jane $38
Vest Forever 21 $35
Bag Liibecca by Joy Gryson $111
Belt Ark UK $8
Skirt H&M $23
High-heeled Shoe Asos $38
Jeans Gap $25
Bracelets Pull & Bear $15
Jacket Target $40
6. SPLURGE: Unique Pieces You’ll Wear The Hell Out Of
Unique and hard to find pieces like a comfortable pair of heels that you can actually walk in, sunglasses that truly suit your face, a bikini that gives you confidence every time you put it on, or a cocktail dress that always makes you feel beautiful are worth a higher price tag. When you find something that you genuinely need to fill a wardrobe gap — like comfortable heels to wear to the five weddings you have to go to this summer — BUY IT! Or spend the rest of the season wishing you had.
Sunglasses Super by Retrosuperfuture $250
Bikini Zimmerman $240
Wedges J.Crew $128
Jacket Coggles $535
Sandals Cole Haan $228
Perfume Net-a-Porter $220
Heels Aldo $120
Dress Alice & Olivia $597
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