When working on a wardrobe with clients, I'm often asked about what pieces are worth the investment and what aren't. The simplest way for me to explain when to splurge on clothes and when to save is this: splurge: on staples, save: on trends. By splurge I don't mean to put yourself into debt, but prepare yourself to spend more for quality pieces that will be the bones of your wardrobe. Let me break this down into a few categories so you get a better example of what I mean.
When to Splurge and When to Save
Jeans: Splurge on dark denim that fits you perfectly and is in a classic cut (skinny but not cigarette). Save on denim trends. Remember coated denim? or how about "distressed" denim (ie: torn to shreds)? While these trends are fun and you may want to hop right in, this is a great opportunity to save some money.
Work clothes: Splurge on the classics that will be the staples in your closet: black pants, a classic blazer in navy or black, a white blouse and work shoes as you'll be wearing them every day. Save on colorful blouses, printed pants, skirts and seasonal dresses. These pieces are great and will accent your staples, but you won't be wearing them as often and they may change with the trends of each year.
Shoes: Splurge on well made leather boots. They'll last a long time and will be worth spending a little money here and there for any minor repairs needed. Splurge on classic pumps so your feet aren't killing you one hour into a networking event. Splurge on a good pair of sneakers (your legs, joints and back will thank you!) Save on sandals and trendy shoes (like that pair that has fringe or pom-poms you've been eyeing...).
Exercise clothes: Splurge on a few great sports bras as you'll need the support and comfort. Save on the rest of your outfit: tees/tanks and pants/shorts. I know it's fun to look cute at the gym or running in the park, but you can get cute work out gear that isn't too pricey. Also, you'll be washing these items every time you wear them which causes a lot more wear and tear so you don't want to be disappointed if you get a hole in an expensive pair of workout pants.
Bags: Splurge on one or two great handbags that you can use every day (or one for spring/summer and one for fall/winter). Save on clutches and other bags that you will only use a few times a year.
Other Ways to Save
Other items that are in the save category: scarves, statement jewelry and belts and other "accent" pieces. Save on trendy pieces like the current trend of off the shoulder tops and dresses. There's a good chance they won't be in next season and you don't want to be disappointed that you only wore the item once or twice this year. Leave a comment below with what items you like to splurge or save on!
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