Sure, you could spend these dark winter days venturing out into the cold. Or you could cozy up on the couch and engage in some good old-fashioned digital window-shopping. Here are five items worth investing in for the long haul, and five you can totally go cheap on.
5 Winter Wardrobe Items to Splurge On (and 5 Where It’s OK to Scrimp)
Save: Trendy Sweaters
Flared sleeves, bow details and sporty fleeces are in style now…but who knows what winter 2020 will bring. Save your hard-earned cash for pieces with more staying power.
BP. ($49) and extended sizing ($49)
Splurge: Classic Cashmere
You can never go wrong with a crewneck cashmere sweater, even one that’s pink. Stock up on basic neutral hues and your favorite solid colors.
Save: Rain Boots
A rubber shoe is a rubber shoe. There’s no need to spend over $100 with so many affordable options out there. (Pro tip: Add a set of insoles to make them a bit more comfortable.)
Splurge: True Snow Boots
You’ve got more important things to do than slip and slide across the pavement in a pair of boots with no traction. Invest in a solid, well-reviewed pair of snow boots and your feet will be eternally thankful.
Save: Super-faux Faux-fur Coats
Most cheap faux furs that try to mimic true animal prints end up looking, well, cheap. But unabashedly unnatural hues and prints feel fun, fresh and totally fabulous. Pick up an inexpensive showstopper you won’t feel guilty about retiring after only one or two seasons.
Splurge: An Ultra-warm Coat
It doesn’t matter if you prefer sleek wool or sporty down, so long as you own at least one coat that will truly keep you warm no matter the weather. (Yes, including that freak cold snap that sneaks up in mid-March.)
Splurge: Xl Sunnies
Tiny, Matrix-inspired frames had their moment, but now oversize Jackie O styles are back at the front of the pack (hallelujah).
Sunday Somewhere ($270)
Save: Phone Crossbody
We’re a sucker for an adorable mini bag, but we think the price tag should be equivalent in size.
Quay Australia ($19)
Splurge: A Great Everyday Tote
Look for something that will be dependable no matter what’s in fashion. Bonus points if you buy a bag, like Timbuk2, that comes with a lifetime warranty.