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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