I have always been a bargain shopper. Unless I am looking for a very specific item, I search the sale or clearance section of a store before even allowing myself to look at full priced options (which I still typically don’t even look at) and I do this when shopping online too. I think it’s a great tactic to use to save money and scoring a great deal always puts me in a good mood.
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite splurge items and their similar, more affordable counterparts for those of you that are looking to save money while creating the perfect outfit of the day.
Now, although I’m a big fan of deals (when a quality item is discounted it is my favorite) and a big believer in “you get what you pay for”. I have had it happen time and time again that I buy a less-than product simply because of it’s smaller price tag only to be disappointed and have to replace it soon after. So remember what you are wanting out of a piece when you buy it. If you live in Seattle it might be best to go with a higher quality rain boot such as Joules or Hunter but if you live in Honolulu and rarely need them a cheaper option may be best for you. If it’s a very trendy piece or super seasonal and you plan to only wear a few times I prefer a cheaper item of less quality where as I would more likely splurge on something like a high quality coat that I would wear frequently for years.
I have had these Hunter boots pictured for over a year and love them! I am a short girl at 5’4” and prefer this shorter version on myself but they also come in a taller rain boot option too.
One of my favorite ways to accessorize and add flair to any outfit is with a scarf. I have this scarf pictured on the left and find it so versatile! I recently wore it while traveling this summer and it’s such a nice weight/material; lightweight enough to wear in July yet warm enough to shield me from the breeze of the airplane. The tassel detail is the perfect added touch!
Patagonia and The North Face are both brands known for high quality, high performance apparel. I tracked down and found a similar dupe puffer coat and you’ll never guess which large retailer it is from. If you are going to splurge on a particular item, a winter coat would be a good piece to do it on but sometimes budget doesn’t allow or you want an additional coat simply to have another color or style option without spending a lot on it so in those cases, save!
MCM pieces and high quality and timeless and this neutral tote is the perfect year round staple piece. If you are looking for a similar bag with a not so similar price tag, here is another great option! I have this tote (in dark brown) and am super happy with it! It holds so much and is well made.
I love the fit and quality of Paige denim. This distressed denim pair is the perfect color and style to be worn year round, both dressed up and dressed down. Another one of my favorite brands of women’s jeans is Articles of Society. They are so comfortable and affordable and what I wear most often.
Everyone knows about the classic black Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots. They are timeless, versatile and so cute but also come with a hefty price tag! I have found a similar, much more affordable version for anyone looking to create the look without spending nearly as much. The Enzo Angiolini boots linked are still over $100 but considerably less than the splurge version.
I hope you have enjoyed this comparison of “splurge versus save” staple pieces for fall. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Do you own any of these? Which is your favorite? And what piece are you post excited to wear this fall?
Places I’m shopping for my 2019 fall wardrobe:
Nordstrom // Macy’s // The Mint Julep Boutique // Victoria Emerson
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Affordable style plus a few splurges (that are totally worth it)!