I think I have finally mastered what items to splurge on and what items to save on when it comes to my wardrobe. I went through phases where I only bought expensive, name brand items, and times where I went the cheap route on everything. Here is what I learned…
Handbags: You get what you pay for. I have bought inexpensive handbags, only to have to replace it every 6 months or so. Spending $30 every 6 months doesn’t seem like a lot, but this is one of those items where splurging can save you in the long run. Three years ago, I bought a Michael Kors handbag for my “every day” bag. It still looks fine. I carried this bag from about September-May for 3 years now. It was $198, but with how it has held up, it was totally worth it. Here is a similar bag via Shopbop (FREE SHIPPING!).
Leggings: Steal. I paid a bit more a time or two, and didn’t notice any difference. I prefer fleece lined, since I live in Iowa…it gets chilly. Groopdealz sells fleece lined leggings in numerous colors. For $6.99.
Jeans: Splurge. I have always had a thing for high quality jeans. After having HJ, I cut these out of my budget. I bought a few less expensive brands, and they lasted less than a year. I had a pair of sevens that lasted 11 years. When they bit the dust, I was okay with it. I usually get Joe’s, because they always fit me great. I have had a pair since 2008 that I still wear a lot. I wear jeans everyday for work, so I know that I need a quality pair that I can wear for a long time.
Tops: Steal. I rarely will splurge on a top, unless it is for something special. Everyday tops, I need a good deal on. Styles come and go so quickly, that I hate spending $80 on top to despise it the following year (looking at you chevron print). I currently live in my boyfriend tees from Groopdealz, which were $6. They also have dressier tops that would be fun for a night out. The one pictured below is only $10.99!
Jewelery: Splurge and Steal. I know, I seem indecisive here. I have a few pieces I wear daily. These are splurges, sort of. They were actually all gifts. I have a ring that is a light blue gemstone in white gold on one hand. The other hand has my great-grandmother’s wedding band. I wear a “Harrison” necklace. I feel that if it is a meaningful piece of jewelry, splurging is expected. I like simple things for everyday.
If I need a necklace to go with a top, I prefer inexpensive pieces. Like this cute bubble necklace for $4.99.
What items do you splurge on? Where do you prefer to find great deals?