6.11.14

The Finances of Shopping: Splurge versus Steal

After my Forever 21 post, I thought it might be helpful to discuss what I think is worth the money... and what I don't (Forever 21 purchases).

I give myself little rules to make myself feel better:

1. Will I keep it forever?  Splurge.  [Tory Burch boots - yes]
2. Is it trendy? Steal. [Fur Vest]
3. Is it a staple for the closet?  Splurge. [J Brand jeans that fit perfectly.]
4. Is it something out of the ordinary? Steal. [Sequin Mini-Skirt]
5. Can I wear it to work AND not to work? Splurge. [Dressy top]
6. Is it solely a casual piece? Steal. [Shorts, shorts, shorts]
7. Will I still wear it in three years/wear it once every two weeks? Splurge. [Black and white striped top]
8. Do I already own something similar but I want another? Steal. [Black dress]
9. Is quality necessary? Splurge [Winter Coat]
10. Am I wearing it once or twice?  Steal. [Bright Colored Heals]

What rules do you live by when buying clothes?

27 comments:

  1. Great selection , dear.

    Amalya
    www.fiwl.eu

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  2. These are great rules to have!! You are so stylish and I loved reading about how you shop :) I tend to err on the side of splurging because I still wear wonderful pieces I bought 5-10 years later :) Plus, I love the feel of a quality product.

    <3 Daisy
    Simplicity Relished

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  3. i should definitely set some rules for shopping. thank you for sharing yours!

    xx
    a possible fantasy
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  4. good post... always good with shopping rules x
    www.vicariousLA.com

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  5. Magnífica selección!!! El chaleco de pelo es divino!!
    Un beso

    http://cocoolook.blogspot.com.es/

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  6. Love these rules!! Numbers 1, 3, and 5 are my big splurge items!

    xx Allison
    alwayseatdessert.com

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    1. WHAT THE FREAKIN' WHAT?! I may or may not have just gone to respond to you on your blog and oh, hey, I ACTUALLY KNOW YOU!

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  7. Thus is pretty much how I go about knowing when to splurge. Great post!
    xo
    Elmira
    http://www.wellputtogetherstylebyelmira.com

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  8. VERY good list. I completely agree especially with regards to winter coats. I live in NY and I used to be obsessed with the idea of having a coat in every color. Since I couldn't spend hundreds of dollars on every single coat, I started going to stores like Forever 21 to buy winter coats. BAD IDEA. NYC winters are not as terrible as terrible compared to cities like Chicago BUT we have days of below zero temperature. Anyways, I finally decided to get a very high quality puffer coat. I no longer have a coat in every color but I'm also no longer cold (:

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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    1. Haha girl - so have been there! I actually have to spend a couple of weekends in NYC this winter and decided that I super, super needed a puff coat - one that covers my bottom. As cute as I want to be when I'm there, I'd rather be warm. I'll rock that fur hood ;)

      - Sarah :)

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  9. I love these outfit picks!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  10. You bought some really great items!

    x Karen
    http://dressinginlabels.blogspot.com

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  11. Love the fur//sequin look!

    Xo, Wendy Watson from College Cheese

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  12. I live by pretty much the same rules! I don't think any of my boots will ever last forever, I'm too rough with them, but I do get them to last several years by having a cobbler re-heel them. Great list!

    http://howtomakehome.blogspot.com

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  13. I love these rules, Sarah, and abide by them as well! Handbags and shoes are definitely my splurge items and my fun items are all basically from Target or Forever 21:) Those Tory boots are beautiful!

    lovejoanna.com

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  14. Difficult question! Currently I try the clothes on and buy it only if I find a perfect combination with it :) But I love your rules!
    Lovely greetings from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  15. I love your selection! Great boots!
    ♥XO♥
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.com

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  17. I need to think more when impulse buying too x
    www.styleandlondon.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. I love the print of our pants Sarah!
    How cool!
    Such a stunning outfit!
    ♥XO♥
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.com

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