Knowing when to invest in pieces and when to pick up the cheaper option can be a really fine line. With bloggers and social media these days, it might feel like you can’t “look good” unless your outfit totals thousands of dollars, but that isn’t the case at all. Understanding how to mix the two up will elevate your style and keep you feeling extra chic, all the time. I have to admit, its taken me so long to figure out the formula and its something I continue to work on. But at this point, I’ve got the fundamentals down packed and want to share them with you today.
When to Splurge
Splurging isn’t difficult at all (trust me, I know), but can have horrible side effects. If you’re pushing your limits to buy a really expensive item and never end up wearing it, that can hurt! Talk about buyer’s remorse. Before you decide to max your CC on one item, ask yourself, “What will I wear this with?” If you can’t think of at least 3-4 outfits that you already own to match with the item, it will probably end up collecting dust in your closet.
I recommend splurging on timeless pieces like the Gucci belt I wore for this look. I actually won this in an Instagram giveaway (first time I ever won anything!!), but I was planning on buying it anyway. This is something that can be worn for years and honestly even something I’ll probably pass down to my daughter one day (if I have one!) A nice bag, classic coat, or even amazing fitting denim are worth the spend. Why? because you’ll wear them over and over again AND they last. I splurged a bit on these AGolde jeans as well, but I wear them at least once a week, so its totally worth it. Things I splurge most on are:
- Outerwear (a good leather jacket, a wool coat, a trench, to name a few)
- Shoes (mostly leather since they last the longest)
- Belts (because how often do you even buy a belt?)
- Denim (I live in denim so this is a biggie for me)
A few stores for your splurging:
- Saks 5th Ave
- Anine Bing
When to Save
Ahh now for the fun part! It feels so nice and rewarding to save on certain pieces, but the truth of the matter is some cheap pieces..well…look cheap. And nobody wants that. I always keep an eye out for stitching. Cheap stitching is a deal breaker. Also remember, cheap suede always looks better than cheap leather. Pro tip: go for the suede.
My advice is to save on trendy items and also casual tees and sweaters. Trendy items might be all the rage right now, but usually get buried in your closet after a few seasons. As for casual tees and sweaters, I feel like we go through them so quickly, it doesn’t make sense to spend $100 on a tee or $300 on a light sweater. I do splurge on sweaters occasionally, but only if they’re amazing quality and are in a style I can wear over and over again. In recap, I opt for saving on:
- Trendy Items
- Casual Tees/Tops
Brands to save with:
- Free People
- Miss Guided
- Aldo/Steve Madden