It’s no secret that you don’t have to break the bank to look good”after all, true style doesn’t come with a price tag”but in some cases, it actually pays off to spend a little more when bulking up your closet. The trick is in knowing when it’s okay to splurge, and when it makes more sense to watch your wallet. Read on to find out when to invest and when to be thrifty when you’re building your wardrobe.
When it comes to classic closet essentials, like a great-fitting trench coat, you should be prepared to shell out a little more in order to get the best quality and wear out of something that is guaranteed to last you season after season. Timeless pieces like a tailored blazer, pea coat, cashmere sweater, beautifully draped dress, button-up shirt, or silk blouse”that can work at the office, and at play, that will go with anything and everything, and still be perfectly wearable years from now”are worth the extra investment. The same goes for a classically shaped designer bag and the quintessential pair of flats or pumps. These pieces never go out of style and will always, no matter what you pair them with, effortlessly up your chic-factor and pull together your look. Don’t be afraid to spend more on the basics”they make up the foundation of your closet and if you’re lucky, will practically last you a lifetime. How do you know if it will brave the seasons? If it’s in a neutral colour, well tailored and in a traditional shape, then it’s a splurge-worthy classic.
Trendy buys, like neon pink jeggings”that will most likely find their way crumpled up and forgotten under your bed, rather than on your legs by the end of the year”are pieces that are best bought with financial caution. Don’t spend too much on hyper-trendy finds, like overly embellished blouses or loud seasonal prints, that you don’t see yourself wearing more than a handful of times. Splurging on short-lived trends and tricky fits is never a smart move, and although that avant-garde designer skirt seems tempting, you will definitely find yourself nursing buyer’s remorse when you realize you just dumped $500+ on something that will be out and deemed dated by your next birthday. Other thrift-friendly buys? The bare-bones and easily replaceable basics, like layering tops, tanks, tees and jeans. With these closet staples, you don’t need to go overboard to look great. Even if you do pick up a high-end label’s basic white v-neck tee, you wouldn’t know it”the structure and quality is pretty much identical to what you can score for a fraction of the cost. You can also skimp on trend-conscious accessories, like costume jewelry, metallic evening bags and over-sized scarves. When should you save? When you know that whatever it is, it will not stand the test of time (or last until the end of the week).