Splurge vs. Scrimp: The Clothing You Should (and Shouldn’t) Spend a Lot On
Get more bang for your buck
Heyyyy, big spender. One day you’re stocking up on flip-flops at Old Navy and the next you’re shelling out a couple paychecks' worth on that gorgeous Chloe crossbody you’ve been drooling over for months. So where do you draw the line? We’re here to give you a nudge in the right direction with six items worth the extra cash--and six you can totally save on.
Denim Jacket: Scrimp
Since fit isn’t as important for the jacket versus the pants, you can find a million styles that won’t break the bank and look just as expensive as the designer version.
Workwear Blazer: Splurge
It’s one of our worst fashion nightmares: Sitting in an important meeting in an itchy polyester blazer that looks as if you snagged it from the bottom of the sale bin. Trust: The amount of times you’ll wear this staple (and the impressions that it'll make) will definitely compensate for the higher price tag.
Workwear Blouse: Scrimp
We don’t know about you, but we can’t tell that much of a difference between one rayon blouse and the next. And since you’ll probably gravitate toward trendier styles to switch things up, it’ll be cost effective to spend less on each.
Don’t risk the pain and frustration of bargain hunting for good, quality lingerie. Get fitted by an expert and spend a (worthy) pretty penny for the sake of your gals, since you’ll probably wear it more than anything else you own.
All cotton tees are not created equal…but they’re pretty darn close. And since (presumably) you’ll be throwing it on to go grocery shopping or walk the dog, you can totally settle for the ten-buck option.
Genuine-leather pumps are a thing of beauty and will last you for years, unlike easy-to-spot faux leather. Since you can’t go wrong with nude or black, break the bank for a designer pair that you’ll wear forever (and that will feel much better on your feet).
On the other hand, these smaller accessories go in and out of fashion depending on the shape, pattern, fabric, metal accents, etc. Look for an off-brand version with minimal embellishments so it lasts you more than just one season.
Workout Pants: Scrimp
The truth? You can definitely look great and feel good in a pair that’s not Lululemon. We know, blasphemy, but spandex is pretty much the same across the board, so don’t get too caught up in designer names.