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Five Fashion Items Worth the Splurge

My blog focuses a lot on affordable fashion and beauty but I believe that there are items that are worth the splurge.  I’ve read before that a women’s wardrobe should be made up of 80% affordable fast-fashion and 20% investment pieces that you will have for years.  So what are the pieces that I think are worth the splurge?

 

#1 – A Classic Designer Handbag

I buy trendy bags at Zara, Mango, and Sole Society, but I do love my Louis Vuitton.  I’ve had it for about five years now and love it as much as I did on the day I bought it.  They will never go out of style so although they are expensive they are an investment.  You can get great deals on gently used ones at consignment stores, Poshmark, and Ebay.

Louis Vuitton purse

Louis Vuitton ($1,780)

 

#2 – Cashmere Sweater

A classic cashmere sweater is timeless and classy.  The Halogen brand at Nordstrom makes great ones for a decent price.

items worth the splurge - Halogen cashmere sweater

Nordstrom ($89)

 

#3 – Leather Riding Boots

Leather riding boots will always be in style.  It’s best to invest in a real leather pair with a slight heel and in a cognac brown color.  It looks better if there is no gaping between the boot and your leg.  Vince Camuto, Frye, and Aquatalia all make great boots.  Here is a very classic pair of Sam Edelman Penny boots that is a great seller and also comes in wide calf.

Sam Edelman riding boots

Zappos ($150)

 

#4 – Black Leather Motorcycle Jacket

These never go out of style and are a must have in every women’s wardrobe.  Being that this is something you can always have, you should invest in a quality piece.  All Saints make beautiful leather jackets and you can find some great ones at their outlets.  Outlets and Nordstrom Rack are great places to find quality leather jackets at good prices.  Here is a beautiful classic leather moto jacket that can be worn with everything from dresses to jeans.

Halogen leather jacket

Nordstrom (on sale for $230)

 

#5 – Aviator Sunglasses

I have a drawer full of fun trendy sunglasses but everyone needs a quality pair of aviator sunglasses.  Ray Ban and Quay make great ones but I think the Kate Spade ones fit great, look expensive, and will last you years to come as they are very classic.

Kate Spade sunglasses

Nordstrom ($160)

 

A rule to use when deciding if something is worth the splurge is to calculate your cost per wear.  The more you will wear something the more you can invest in it.  The trendy pieces that might only last a season are the things to save on.

I hope this post helped you think about how you spend your clothing budget.  I’ve really changed how I look at what I spend.  I want to have a great wardrobe but I also want to be more thoughtful about how I spend my money so I can have the money to go out to fun places and wear my fabulous clothes.  XOXO Michelle

Stylish and Affordable Fall Coats

Old Navy has a ton of stylish and affordable fall coats.  They have all of the biggest trends in coats covered so you can be on trend without breaking the bank.  These coats are not only stylish and affordable, they are also good quality.  The only problem you will have is choosing which ones to buy.  These are my favorites:

affordable fall coats

Leopard Print Cardi-Coat (On sale for $49) – this is a great fall coat in a very on trend leopard print.  It comes in tall and petite and up to XXL.  It also comes in four other prints.

 

old navy boucle coat

Textured Boucle’ Everyday Coat ($65) – I bought a similar one at the Nordstrom anniversary sale and can’t wait to wear it.  This is a great everyday coat at a great price point.

 

old navy trench coat

Trench Coat ($54 Sale Price) – every women needs a good fitting trench coat in their wardrobe.  It is easy to find your perfect size because once again this comes in tall and petite and up to XXL.

 

sherpa bomber jacket

Sherpa Bomber Jacket (On sale for $44) – Sherpa and Bomber Jackets are two huge trends in outerwear.  This is a very affordable and cute way to wear this trend.

 

I love Old Navy denim as well and I wanted to share some of their most on trend pairs.

old navy raw hem rockstar jeans

Mid-Rise Raw-Hem Rockstar Ankle Jeans ($35)

 

raw hem rockstar jeans

Mid-Rise Raw-Hem Rockstar Ankle Jeans ($35) – I own both of these jeans and I love them.  If you are between sizes – size down.

 

old navy flare ankle cords

Mid-Rise Flare Ankle Cords ($40) – I think these are so current and cool.  I’m buying these and can’t wait to wear these with a gray sweater and some leopard booties.

You can have a great on trend wardrobe without busting your budget.  The key is knowing what to splurge on and what to save on.  Next week I’m going to discuss the few things that I think are worth splurging on.  XOXO Michelle

 

It’s “A New Day” at Target

A New Day    

 

Target or Targe’ as I like to call it has really been upping it’s fashion game.  It’s newest fashion line is called “A New Day.”  This is a collection of chic basics and statement pieces that are meant to be mixed and matched.  I think it is especially good for women who need to dress up for work.  Here are some of my favorite pieces:

A New Day skirt

Skirt ($25) – you can wear this with black tights when it gets cooler

 

a new day tee shirt

T-shirt ($10) – this is a great staple to have in your fall wardrobe.  It looks great with the skirt above and the below pants.

 

a new day track pants

Pants ($25) – these pants can be dressed up or down depending upon what top and shoes you pair them with

 

a new day shirt

Top ($20) – this top looks great with the above pants, a red heel, and the shirt buttoned up with this bow choker

 

Sugar Fix choker

Choker ($15)

 

A New Day pants

Pants ($28) – these are great pants to have in your closet.  They look great with everything depending on the occasion.

 

A New Day blazer

Blazer ($35) – as I mentioned in a previous post, “Prince of Wales Plaid” is a huge trend for fall

 

a new day camisole

Cami ($18) – this looks great under the blazer and could also be worn under a cardigan

 

A New Day dress

Dress ($28) – this dress is so cute and like everything in the “A New Day” collection can be dressed up or down and worn in different ways.  I would wear this with sneakers, booties or tall boots.  I would also wear this with skinny jeans.

I really like the “A New Day” collection at Target.  I appreciate how everything can be mixed and matched.  It’s a great way to have an on-trend wardrobe at an affordable price.  It really is a new day at Target.  XOXO Michelle