To Splurge or Not To Splurge by B

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Burberry scarf (graduation gift), J.Crew Outlet sweater

Hello! I'm B from the style blog With Love From Michigan. Being a new, part-time teacher, I can definitely relate to the need to look good but keep the price point manageable. One of the ways I do that is to only buy classic pieces from the nice stores that I know will last me more than one season (e.g., pencil skirts, dress pants, LBDs, shoes, etc.) and buy the trendier items that won't be in style for as long at cheaper stores such as Forever 21, Target, or thrift them if possible.


Here are some items that I consider splurge-worthy and would be willing to part with extra money for. I believe that every wardrobe needs the following:

I rely heavily on Fossil for watches, statement jewelry and leather bags. I find all of their products to be high quality and they have great customer service.

J.Crew is my go-to for a winter coat, statement scarf, and chambray shirt. Three years ago I purchased a winter coat at J.Crew and it still looks brand new. I'm very satisfied with the purchase! I also like J.Crew because if you show your student ID, they will give you 15% off.

Last, but not least, I usually buy my pencil skirts at Express because they often run deals on their office basics.

How do I determine if an item is worth it? I factor a few things into my decision-making process. The first is cost-per-wear. If I can come up with at least five different ways to wear the item when I'm standing in the store, using things I already own (That's the key!), then I consider it to be a worthwhile purchase. I also consider if the item is a trend that will soon go out of style. If that's the case, I will usually look for something similar at Target or Forever 21. All of the items pictured above are classic pieces that can easily be incorporated into any outfit and will never go out of style.

16 comments :

  1. what a great way to determine if a purchase is worth your money...will definitely use these tips! pea ess that girl is stunning!!

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  2. Love all the items you have put together! That J Crew coat is to die for. I think you are a very stylish teacher :) I also thing some great cashmere or cotton leggings/tights are also splurge worthy items in the Fall/Winter seasons. Thanks for the great tips!

    -Jani
    www.funfashionfit.com
    www.foottraffic.com

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  3. I <3 cost per wear. I makes sence to buy quality on the things you'll get a lot of use out of for years. It's the worst when you wear something out or a seam breaks before you're ready to get rid of it.

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  4. hi B! so happy when I read you are a teacher, is always lovely to find other blogger teachers! i so agree with your cost-per wear is something important to consider when it comes to splurging or not, Target and F21 are always a great option for "hot right noW" goodies, loved your post!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  5. JCrew is a great staple purchase, I wear most of the things I buy there for years. Lovely scarf, that's a keeper!
        Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
     I'm having a giveaway...

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  6. What? $18 pencil skirt from J.Crew? Sign me up :) j/k- you should probably fix the typo.

    I think it's good to splurge on classic jewelery (pearls, silver, gold, diamonds) but not on statement jewelery, because those are so trendy and can only be worn so much. I agree with the other items though! (minus leopard print scarf. I still can't get into that trend, but that's just me.)

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  7. Oh! I'd also add quality leather boots. Those are definitely worth the splurge. and flattering jeans as well :)

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  8. Bahaha, I wish! Thanks for checking.

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  9. I totally agree about coats, boots, the perfect pencil skirt.. but I would NEVER invest in jewelry.  For starters, I change my mind/style so often!  I would rather have a closet-full of cheap earrings and watches than one $200 bracelet.  :)

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  10. Great post! Thanks for sharing. Will be using these tips.

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  11. Great tips :) Love your blog too!! :) 

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  12. Who doesn't love Burberry?  So cute scarf...I agree about each of those style pieces you chose (except jewelry, I just can't bring myself to spend money on it...I'd rather have a bunch of cheap than a few expensive!).  Sometimes it's worth buying high quality even if its a high price--I'd say esp with footwear.  In MN, a girl needs a couple good pairs of boots ;)

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  13. I probably wouldn't spend $196 on that bracket either! Haha, but that was the only item I could find that looked like what I was thinking of. I have plenty of cheap jewelry too, but it's nice to have those reliable pieces. I totally agree that nice boots are a must! ;)

    Thanks for all the comments on my post!

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  14. the J.Crew coat is beautiful, I have similar one from ASOS. I agree with your assessment as well. I also factor in how long the expensive purchase would last and the quality of the material itself.

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  15. Yeah, I have no idea how these are manageable prices for a part-time teacher. I realize factoring in cost per wear and quality, but these are pretty basic pieces that you could replace 4 times over if you bought the cheaper version and you may get sick of wearing these items. That bracelet looks exactly like one that costs under $10, and why do you need a gold watch?

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