Fall is rolling around and we’ve begun to seriously consider revamping our wardrobes. We will, of course, need a few new items and have to do the requisite closet cleaning. And while it’s all too easy (and fun to get carried away) to splurge on fun items while ignoring what we really need, when it comes down to it, we’ve spent a lot of money on the nice version of clothes we definitely should have bought the bargain basement version of. To help you avoid making the same mistake, here’s a rundown of the splurge-worthy versus the things you should buy on a budget.
Purses: You don’t need to break the bank on every purse purchase, but you definitely do need at least one nice black bag.
Shoes: Same goes with shoes. A pair or two of very professional shoes to match your nice bag and a pair of cocktail-ready stunners are mandatory
Jackets: Your winter jacket should be the most expensive part of your wardrobe. The inexpensive ones will fall apart after a year, but spend the money for a nice one and you’ll have it three years later and it’ll still be looking good. A super classy trench is also a good investment.
The Pants: Express is all well and good, but when you need The Pants to look and feel great in for big meetings and the like, you’re going to want to upgrade. Theory or Eli Tahari are good places to look.
The Dress: Every lady needs one perfect party dress. It should be classic in color and shape (think the LBD). Store it in a garment bag and it’ll last you years
And then there are those things you’d be crazy to spend too much on. Like…
Trendy Prints: Yellow zebra may be fun for summer, but you’ll feel silly looking at said $400 yellow zebra dress hanging unloved in your closet next year.
Flip-Flops: The reasoning behind a Gucci plastic flip-flop completely eludes us. Havaianas are all you need for $15.
Rain Boots: Once again, you are wearing these to muck around in. Get a solid colored pair for under $50.
Cardigans: Unless it’s a major part of your outfit, a simple J.Crew number will do.
Shorts: Designer shorts are a silly waste of money unless you’re wearing them dressy as part of a legitimate outfit.