I personally think it’s a good practice to try and have a mix of save & splurge pieces within your wardrobe. Though I think most people would agree having a mix of high and low priced items in your closet is beneficial, I don’t think we agree on every item we should be saving or splurging on. That’s because we all have different lifestyles, personal preferences, spending habits, etc! So if my list looks a little different than yours, don’t sweat it! What you decide to save on however, might be different
When to Splurge
jeans – I wish I would have found this out for myself way earlier in life! The right pair of denim can make all the difference. Your favorite pair of jeans should be comfortable, flattering, made from quality denim, and durable. They should be able to last you 5+ years so in my opinion, are worth investing in.
outerwear – This is something that some may not consider a splurge item, but when you live in Saskatchewan and it get’s down to -40 degrees in Jan/Feb… you get yourself a good, warm winter jacket. I also feel something like an all season jacket (denim, a trench, whatever you’ll get the most wear out of!) is worth splurging on as well.
handbags – I don’t believe every purse you own needs to be made from a high end brand. But I do believe the 1-2 that you carry around most often should. Why? Because a good handbag will last you years whereas one that you buy from a big-box store might only last you a few months if you are using it everyday.
everyday shoes – Again, I’m not saying all the shoes you own should drain your bank account. I would say the majority of the shoes I own are actually in the save category. However, shoes that are made from high quality materials will be able to withstand our unpredictable weather of snow & rain a lot longer than synthetics!
When to Save
tops – This is the category I feel I save on the most! In my personal experience, I have not noticed a huge quality difference in tops that are $25 compared to those that are $100+. I also consider tops one of my save items because I am constantly updating my wardrobe. If you don’t update your wardrobe as often as I do, you might feel tops are more of a splurge item for you. But your girl can’t afford multiple $100+ tops (heck, I have trouble with tops that are even $50+) if I’m rotating them every 6 months or so!
accessories – This is another big save category for me! I am constantly updating my accessories based on the latest trends/styles. Keeping up with what’s trendy in accessories is more important to me than having authentic gold rings/necklaces/earrings.
casual shoes – Look at me breaking the rules by putting a category on both lists!! lol. But its the truth – I consider shoes to be both a splurge AND save item as I mentioned above. I choose to save on trendy and/or seasonal shoes I know I probably won’t be wearing for longer than a couple years.
I’d love to hear how/if your list differs from mine! Let me know what you think in the comments!
This article was published in the Spring 2020 issue of Weyburn Refined Magazine. All images captured by Stellar Social Co.