When it comes to shopping, there are certain items that are worth spending a little extra money on, and certain things that you can get away with skimping out on. Things that you know you’ll get a ton of use out of, are things worth splurging on. But in the areas of your wardrobe where quantity beats quality, there’s plenty wiggle-room to save.
Check out a list of 5 wardrobe items to splurge on and 5 that can be saved on.
Handbags can get pricey, but they’re definitely worth the investment. With the right handbag, you may not have to upgrade for years to come, and if you pick one that’s neutral-coloured, you’ll be able to pair it with almost any outfit, for any occasion.
Having a trusty, go-to blazer in your closet is always a good idea. Blazers are something that will never go out of style, and are extremely versatile. You can dress it up, and pair it with a mini-dress and heels for a night out, or a matching midi-skirt and turn it into a power-suit. You can also invest in an oversized one, and turn it into a dress, a look that is seriously trending right now.
You can never go wrong with a good pair of pumps. They’re a timeless classic that can take any outfit to the next level. But, you never want to take the cheapest route when it comes to heels, because usually, the cheaper they are, the more blisters they’re going to leave on your feet. Spending a little extra for guaranteed comfort is worth it.
4. Black Dress
A little black dress goes a long way. In fact, most of us have probably had the same little black dress in our wardrobes for years that we’ve worn to a million different things. They never go out of style, they match with everything, and they’re always a flattering choice on all body-types.
Finding a good, comfortable pair of jeans, that fits just right is an uphill battle —and most of the time if the price seems too good to be true, it’s because it is too good to be true. Cheap jeans are either too stiff, or stretch too much, fade easily, and become quickly worn. Stretching your budget for a good-fitting pair of jeans with a real life-span, is always worth the purchase.
So long as you don’t have any allergies to cheap jewelry, buying it from Forever 21 might be the easier, more affordable option. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always nice to have a couple classic pieces of jewelry that you can keep forever — but buying fake jewelry allows you to buy more statement pieces to go with different outfits, the quality is decent, and it won’t break your heart if you accidentally lose a pair of $4 earrings.
Sunglasses are things that are practically begging to be lost, broken, or stolen. I can’t even tell you how many pairs of sunglasses I go through every summer. So, opting for a pair of $7 sunglasses that are still just as stylish and sturdy as a pair of designer ones, has been a life-saver. Plus, it allows you to buy more pairs, for different looks.
Designer swimwear is insanely pricey — and if you live in Canada, chances are, you have very few opportunities to wear a bathing suit each year, so spending copious amount on money on swimwear, just doesn’t make sense — especially since a $20 bikini is just as trendy, and will still get the job done.
Flats, unlike pumps, are almost always comfortable. So, why not spend $20 on a pair of loafers, and $15 on a pair of ballerina flats? Stock up your collection without breaking the bank. It’s a win-win.
Women go through leggings like crazy, we basically need a pair for every day of the week. Buying that many high-end leggings would clean you out pretty fast. Try opting for cheap leggings at places like H&M, Forever 21, Sirens. Even Aritzia has leggings for under $25. It’s never been easier to own a fresh pair of leggings for working out, lounging, or just day-to-day wears.
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