Fast fashion is easily accessible and affordable to boot, but when you spend $30 on that cute pair of fringed ankle booties that are totally trending this fall, you can’t expect them to last more than a year or two. We’re not saying you have to choose between buying that Prada purse or paying this month’s rent, but sometimes it does pay to splurge on quality. Here are five times it pays to spend a little more on quality clothing and accessories:
Spare your wallet some pain by shopping the sales section to get great discounts at the end of the season from retailers like Neiman Marcus or Dillards. Compare prices online and do a quick search for coupons or deals for shopping online. Currently on sale for 60% off, this dress costs just $237.99. Be sure to get something you can wear multiple times for different occasions to get the most value out of your splurge. If you wear this dress 30 times in 12 months, that’s less than $8 per wear.
Your winter jacket is looking a little shabby and the zipper gets stuck halfway up. Splurge on this one from J. Crew, currently on sale for 25% off the $365 price tag. A quality coat is worth the splurge, especially if you live somewhere with cold winter weather. Your winter coat is both a fashion staple and a huge part of your life from November through March. Women in the Midwest wear a winter coat for 150 days on average, each year. Let’s be honest, that may be longer than a handful of your past relationships. A winter coat should be a wise investment. Choose something that is both fashionable and functional. When it comes to cold weather, purchasing a quality coat is no joke! A good coat should last you anywhere from 3-6 years. Opt for a wool blend to stay warm and dry.
Your purse strap snaps on your way to work and your belongings are scattered across the sidewalk. Did someone say purse? More like your personal assistant. You take your purse everywhere and rely on it to carry your most valuable possessions! Cellphone, planner, phone charger, head phones, snacks, keys, wallet, ID, credit card, more snacks, the list is endless. You can’t trust any old cheapy bag with a couple of handles attached to do the job. Let me introduce you to my friend Kate Spade. Buying directly from Kate , this purse will cost you $248.
Peruse Nordstrom Rack for designer deals that are a fraction of the price and will still carry through on quality.
You’re at Tuesday night yoga class and it turns out your downward dog is showing off more than your flexibility. Don’t be afraid to splurge for full coverage. Be sure to test out your yoga pants in different lighting to ensure the material is truly opaque. The more expensive your yoga pants, the more motivated you are to put them to good use, right? Add some fun to your pants with a cute print like these ones from K-Deer, which average $78-98.
If you opt for the signature stripes legging, a portion of the proceeds go to a non-profit organization. Go work up a sweat in those posh pants!
You’re going to a party – and your ex is on the guest list. Turn up the heat with a strappy little number, like this one from BCBG which costs a smooth $248.
When your ex shows up with his new lady friend, this quality-made cocktail dress will keep you looking like a classy lady even when you’re 3 cocktails in and tearing up the dance floor. No rips, tears, broken zippers or busted seams will be killing your vibe. Even if this dress doesn’t mend your broken heart, it will certainly cause you to turn some heads and get a few phone numbers.
What have you splurged on recently that was totally worth the extra dough? Tell us in the comments?