A Basic (But Useful) Guide for Shoppers

Ever debated when to splurge on something expensive? Or whether something cheap was worth spending on at all? This is a dilemna that we’ve probably all faced oh, at least a hundred times, so we’ve come up with a list for you so you know just when to spend and when to save during a shopping spree. Like the Pirate Code, these are more like guidelines, but we think they’ll come in super handy. Check it out:

DO Spend On:

Bras and underwear. Don’t skimp when it comes to your outfit’s foundation. Poorly made undergarments may not hold up well after multiple washes, may be irritating or otherwise uncomfortable, and of course, may sit poorly on your body. Though most people will never see what you’re wearing under your clothes, the effects will be quite apparent. Make sure to invest in some well-fitting t-shirt bras that won’t show under loose shirts, as well as some seamless panties or thongs to wear under thin fabrics and tight dresses.

Jeans. Well-made jeans will hold their shape throughout multiple wears, and won’t lose their color in the wash. Make sure your pants stay flattering and fresh by investing in a couple great pairs, and you won’t have to shop for more for years. If you choose to buy inexpensive ones, they may start to sag, stretch and fade much faster. Why bother?

Jackets/ Blazers. A great jacket or well-tailored blazer can truly make an outfit. Make sure yours is of high quality, so that it effectively ties together your entire look. Pair it with great jewelry and shoes, and you’re all set!

Shoes and leather goods. Good shoes are so, so, sooooo important. Not only do they look amazing and class up any outfit, they can either be a godsend or a complete disaster. Higher quality generally means better made, so do your feet a favor and invest in shoes that are comfortable and easy to wear for longer periods of time. Same goes for other leather goods like purses and belts, though these can certainly be a drop more forgiving.

Coats. In winter, your coat is your best friend whether you like it or not. That’s why it’s best to choose one that fits your perfectly, flatters your figure, and makes you feel good about your look. Your dream coat may be a bit pricey, but if it’s well made and you love it, it’s worth the investment. Just make sure you’ll like the style next year, too!

DON’T Spend On:

Statement Jewelry. Splurge only on timeless, valuable pieces like pearls or signature pieces. When it comes to fun, trendy styles, keep your spending to a minimum. Sure, you can buy a cool chunky necklace or a pack of bracelets here and there, but make sure they’re inexpensive.

Special occasions. We all know what it’s like to have an upcoming party and we just need to buy an entirely new outfit. Since this usually doesn’t happen very often, it’s actually OK, but make sure not to spend too much for a single event. Evening dresses, fancy shoes and sequined clutches are so much fun, but try to be responsible when it comes to items that will be used infrequently.

T-shirts, tank tops and knits. Easy to find and quickly worn out, it’s not worth spending too much on these everyday tops. Expensive items will show wear almost as quickly (if not quicker), so don’t bother spending more on pieces you can easily find for less. Shirts like these are also fun to switch up as the years go buy, so keep your wardrobe flexible in this area.

What do you like to splurge on?

Until next time,



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