A few weeks ago I covered the beauty areas that I like to save & splurge on. And today I wanted to cover the topic of style. As I've developed my personal style over the years I've found the areas that I personally like to spend that bit more and where I'm totally happy to save. Something that is important to cover is that in general. I don't spend a huge amount on clothes. So it all depends on what you consider expensive. anything above the £25 is something I consider a splurge item.
Whilst many might argue that it's easy to save money on the basic items in your wardrobe. Like a white t-shirt or Breton. I find by spending more on those items they can see you through so many seasons than just one. I'm a big lover of key basics as they can be used in so many different outfits. And can be dressed up or down depending on what occasion they are needed for.
Jeans might not be my favourite item to wear. But they are something that I've found if you spend a little more. Then you tend to be able to get a good amount of wear out them before they need replacing and the fit also tends to be a lot better and more flattering. If you're a fan of the likes of Levi's or All Saints denim then you can possibly find discounted items at outlet stores which make them much more cost friendly.
FAVOURITE STORES: TOPSHOP
My mum always taught me the value of making a sensible coat purchase. In the UK we typically wear are outerwear for a longer period so it makes sense to invest. A good coat purchase can last you years even with daily wear. They are also the style pieces that can really make or break an outfit.
I don't splurge on every piece when it comes to sportswear. Especially tops as I find you can use pretty much anything. It's mostly the bottoms to make sure they're flattering, durable enough to be worn regularly and wash well. Cheaper running tights not only tend to be ill-fitting but slip down. Which of course isn't something you want when you're trying to run. A good supportive sports bra is also key.
In general, I don't really wear a lot of accessories as I like to keep things simple when it comes to style. But something I will always spend that little bit more on is a tote bag. They're my preferred bag, in general, as they're so versatile. I'm not concerned if they're real leather or not but they have to be well made to withstand a lot of use and sometimes a heavy load. After going through so many cheap bags in the past it seemed wasteful to keep on buying them. So spending that little bit more has been a great investment in my style.
It's very rare that I pick up an item that I consider a trend piece. And it's not that I have a problem with trends. It's just that I can't afford to keep up with them. And it's not the clothing that I feel the most comfortable in. So on the very rare occasion, something from a current trend sparks my interest. I will always try and find it a cheaper price point. So I'm not spending a ton of money on something that isn't going to be a timeless piece in my wardrobe and can be worn all year round.
DRESSES & SKIRTS
Dresses and skirts are key parts of my wardrobe as they're so comfortable to wear. But I never find myself splurging on them. Maybe it's because my taste is more minimal. I find that I can get a similar sort of item for half the price just without the fancy name stitched into the label. The key I've found for these pieces is to shop around and look in stores you might not normally look in. It's awesome what you can find in cheaper alternatives.
Even though I know wearing cheap shoes is absolutely terrible for my feet. I can never bring myself to splurge on them. Unless it's for a specific shoe, e.g running trainers. But for day to day wear, I tend to stick the same sort of style and subsequently wear them until they are falling off my feet. As I get older I can imagine I will need to spend that little bit more to get more support. But for right now I'm happy with my cheaper pairs.