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We don’t doubt that you can find a good pair of skinny jeans for under $50, but in our experience the best fits, washes and fabrics come with a heftier price tag. Take solace in the fact that the number of wears will ultimately outweigh the cost.
Here’s where you can cheat a little. Unlike jeans, a denim jacket doesn’t have to fit so perfectly in so many specific areas. This is the place to save some pennies.
Splurge: Wear to Work
You know that weird man-made sheen that seems to accompany an inexpensive blazer? Yeah, that’s an office no-no. We suggest dishing out for a genuine wool blend. As they say, dress for the job you want.
For your off-hours attire, try tweed or linen. These fabrics often look expensive, even when they?re not.
Because everything fits (and looks) better with appropriate undergarments.
Calvin Klein ($42)
Cheap leather is easy to spot (especially patent leather). It’s worth spending a little more for quality, genuine-leather pumps. Buy them in black and they’ll be with you forever. (Note: If you must, you can save on suede. Lower-priced suede looks better than lower-priced leather.)
Yes, you’ll wear them often, but they get beat up quick. Don’t waste good money on something you’ll have for just a season or two.
J.Crew Factory ($35)
Splurge: Leather Tote
It’s OK if you can’t ever seem to find a good tote on sale. A well-made black tote is almost never discounted, but it almost never goes out of style. Spend easy--it’s worth the investment.
Scrimp: Clutch or Cross-Body
These little trend pieces rotate through your wardrobe quickly, so lower the bar on quality. But a word to the wise: The fewer embellishments the better. Inexpensive hardware can immediately cheapen a bag.
They take your precious feet from the trail to trampoline class, so what you pay for comfort and stability will come back in the, er, long run.
Scrimp: Yoga Pants
The harsh truth: You don’t need Lululemon. We know. We’ll see you in class.
Old Navy ($23)
Splurge: Leather Timepiece
You?re smart. You know this: When you spend beaucoup bucks on a quality watch, you?ll have it for eternity.
Mougin & Piquard ($695)
When it comes to fashion, one day you’re aimlessly picking up a blazer at Target and the next you’re refinancing your home for that color-blocked Fendi lady bag. Budget? What’s a budget?
Time to reevaluate.
For those of us who struggle to determine when it’s OK to splurge (hello, leather pumps) and when it’s entirely necessary to save (back away from the Lululemons), we’ve asked our money experts to create this handy guide.
Click here to see what items are worth shelling out for and when you should be frugal. But don’t blame us if the Fendi takes over...
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