Now and Later – Spend and Save

One of the challenges with fashion trends is where to spend your hard earned cash. Certain trends come and go with seasons while others hang around for years. So when should you spend a lot on a trendy item? One of the ways that I make this decision is in thinking about how well and item will a) go with the rest of my wardrobe b) how many seasons can I wear it (living in DC means we get the full range of seasons and temperatures) and c) can this still be stylish once the so-called “trend” has passed?

One recent example of this is brightly colored pants. This season bright colored, skinny (sometimes cropped and cuffed) pants are everywhere. But will you really want to rock those coral capris again in summer 2013? My advice is to refer to the 3 points I listed above. It might be worth your while to purchase one slightly nicer pair that will last you years to come but if you feel drawn to collecting all colors of the rainbow, I would refrain or get a few cheaper pairs. Case in point: I splurged an bought myself a pair of saturated purple Minnie’s from J. Crew. I love everything purple and know that I’ll continue to wear these. Also, J. Crew’s clothes are well made and since they carry petites (yay!), I can find an almost custom fit. So, this is where I decided to lay down a little more cash. I also thought it would be fun to have another bright pair but didn’t want to spend as much, so I looked to Boden, armed with a discount code, and ordered a coral-ish hued pair.

What are you spending and splurging on this season?

~ Ruth


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