“Splurge” is relative. It means $5K to some people, $5 to others. And the wardrobe items that are worth investment will vary wildly from person to person. A lawyer may want to invest in suits, a stay-at-home mom may want to invest in washable tops, an athlete may want to invest in workout gear. So, ya know, grain of salt. And bear in mind that I’m gonna give you my OWN list of items that don’t merit splurge-level spending as a launch pad. The real conversation will be in the comments!
That said, here are items upon which I prefer to scrimp:
I am HARD on my white tees. They get stained, grimy, and dull after a single year of wear and believe me, I have tried all of the whitening techniques and products under the sun. Mine must be a stainy, grimy, dull life is all. So I’ll never pony up for an $80 Vince tee, no matter how gorgeous and flowy it might appear. Simple, cheap, and easy to find are my three criteria. (And, for the record, the expired white tees generally get overdyed!)
I can hear the steam flowing forth from WendyB‘s ears. And I realize that jewelry is a mega-big deal to many people, and totally splurge-worthy. But I get just as much joy from jewelry I’ve made or repurposed myself, nabbed for pennies at the antique store, or bought from a small artisan at an art fair or via Etsy. I adore the fine and investment pieces I do have, but am such a magpie that I’m just as happy with glittery rhinestones as I am with diamonds. If it sparkles, I like it.
This is the weirdest one on my list, I think. Especially since I feel fairly comfortable ponying up for just about every other style of footwear. But the mere idea of spending more than about $50 on a pair of ballet flats irks me. And the only reason I can muster is that they’re so incredibly simple in design and generally require so little in the way of clever construction, that I can’t fathom spending big on them. I have crap flats and I have supportive flats, and the supportive ones are spendier. But none have topped the $50 mark. (OK, one pair would’ve but I got ‘em on eBay for a song!) If I’m going to splurge on shoes they need to be sturdy, complex, utterly gorgeous, or impossibly comfortable. No ballet flat has ever qualified.
And in the realm of items that I never thought would be worth splurging upon but have changed my tune, we have tights (the $40 and $50 ones feel, wash, and wear a billion times better than the $8 ones), handbags (mostly because I never thought I’d give a hoot about them at all), and makeup (I don’t buy much, but I buy quality).
Which wardrobe items will you NEVER allow yourself to splurge upon? Anything overlapping with my list? What’s your reasoning? Got anything that you swore you’d always scrimp upon, but now spend big?
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