Splurge vs. Scrimp: Fall Shopping Edition

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How many times have you thought, If I just had $500 more dollars, I’d be the best-dressed person on the planet? Yeah, same. Until then, let’s be smart shoppers together, shall we? Consider this your go-to guide to navigating the fall shopping season without blowing your entire budget.

ganni floral wrap blouse


Splurge: A Wrap Blouse

The ’70s-inspired style is having a moment right now, but truth be told this flattering top will never really be out of fashion. Opt for fancy fabrics like silk instead of cotton to ensure it’ll last for years.

Ganni ($170)

old navy plain white t shirt
Old Navy


Scrimp: White T-Shirts

No matter how carefully you wear, wash and store your beloved tees, they’re guaranteed to show sweat stains after a few months. Do yourself a favor and buy cheap comfy versions and replace often to maintain their crisp clean appeal.

Old Navy ($17)

michael michael kors leather moto jacket
Michael Kors


Splurge: A Leather Jacket

Another classic style, well-made leather will only look better after years of wear and tear. Invest in a chic moto now and soon it’ll feel like a super-soft second skin.

MICHAEL Michael Kors ($495)

treasure and bond floral kimono duster


Scrimp: A Printed Kimono

This fun topper is so easy (and comfortable) to throw on and go, especially when you’re itching to break out your fall wardrobe but temperatures have yet to drop below 80. 

Treasure & Bond ($69)

wolf circus gold filled pendant necklace
Wolf Circus


Splurge: A Gold Pendant Necklace

This fall we’re stowing our statement necklaces away in favor of classic pendants. A gold version won’t tarnish or fade unlike a less expensive gold-plated charm.

Wolf Circus ($89)

forever 21 set of 10 stacking rings
Forever 21


Scrimp: Stacking Rings

Even if you rarely ever take them off, dainty rings can all too easily slip off and get lost on your nightstand. Buy a cheap set (or two) so you can go about your day without worrying about keeping track of expensive bands.

Forever 21 ($8 for set of ten)

stuart weitzman flat over the knee boots
Stuart Weitzman


Splurge: Over-the-Knee Boots

This cool, comfy style is as classic as the LBD, but over time cheap versions can sag and fade. Take the plunge and invest in a well-made pair now that will make it past a single season.

Stuart Weitzman ($798)

keds plain white lace up sneakers


Scrimp: White Sneakers

Much like a white tee is attracted to coffee stains, white kicks seem to accumulate dirt even before you step outdoors. Skip the elaborate YouTube cleaning tutorials and donate pairs that are no longer sparkling clean before picking up a new set.

Keds ($40)

botkier leather backpack in gray


Splurge: A Sleek Backpack

Much easier on your poor shoulders and just as office-appropriate as your go-to leather tote, a grown-up backpack will last for years without sacrificing style.

Botkier ($298)

topshop beaded bag


Scrimp: A Trendy Beaded Bag

This adorable trend is chock full of nostalgia, but it’s unclear whether or not it'll still be in a year from now. Have fun with this under $60 version and save your hard-earned cash for a more long-lasting purchase.

Topshop ($58)



Abby Hepworth is an RRCA-certified running coach who has worked in fashion for over 10 years. Want to know what shoes are in this season? She's got you. Need recommendations on...