While we’d love the option to spend like the 1% on each and every wardrobe staple, most of us don’t have that luxury. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t splurge now and then. There are certain pieces in your wardrobe that are more of an investment than others, and that’s where your money should go. When it comes to clothes, you tend to get what you pay for, so here are some shopping tips:
Black pumps: A classic black pump can be worn to the office, on date night, to a wedding and just about anywhere in between. You don’t want to skimp on something you’ll get so much use out of. Pricier shoes tend to be more comfortable and durable, so go ahead and treat yourself to some quality high heel pumps.
Jeans: We’re all familiar with the struggle that is trying to find the perfect pair of jeans. So, when you find the perfect pair, just splurge. While you may not be able to splurge on every pair of jeans you need, dropping the cash on versatile, comfortable and flattering staples is worth it. Any embellished jeans or denim with funky washes, however, only buy on sale or at a decent price.
Bras: Do not be cheap when it comes to your bras. While it may hurt to fork over that credit card on an item that most people will never see, that pain is nothing compared to the back ache you’ll get after wearing a bra that isn’t supportive. It’s also important to take care of your undergarments. Hand wash them and never put them in the dryer.
Blazer: All women, especially ones who work office jobs, need at least one blazer jacket that makes them feel like the head woman in charge. A well-tailored blazer is the perfect staple that can give any outfit a little extra oomph. Want to dress up a casual dress on a night out? Throw on a blazer. Want to convey authority in a meeting? Wear that blazer. Feeling chilly? Put that blazer on.
“What’s in style comes and goes.”
Trendy jackets: When it comes to jackets, what’s in style comes and goes. While a quality, warm winter coat is worth an investment, stylish in-between jackets that fulfill the latest trend are something that you should save some money on. There’s no guarantee that what you buy this season will be trendy next season, too, so try to buy things like that on sale.
Costume jewelry: Bright and fun costume jewelry sets tend to only go with a select few outfits. Therefore, it’s best to not drop a lot of money on something that isn’t particularly versatile. Drop the big bucks on timeless jewelry and save your cash by buying moderately-priced fashion jewelry.
Fitness clothes: While there’s something to be said about feeling motivated to exercise because you have a new outfit, that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on your fitness wear – with the exception of a properly fitting sports bra. There are so many affordable options for athletic wear that outfits you’ll be wearing and washing so much don’t have to break the bank.
Formal attire: While we aren’t saying you should be cheap about your wedding dress, it’s perfectly excusable to be a little thrifty when it comes to what you’ll wear to other people’s weddings. There are plenty of stylish fast fashion options for formal wear that won’t cost you a month’s rent. Why spend so much on something you’ll only wear a handful of times?
Consider a credit card
Many people may be hesitant to treat themselves to some of the pricier staples that will last, because they don’t want to spend too much money. While it’s important to stick with a realistic budget, a Monroe and Main credit account can be beneficial for those necessary shopping trips. Monroe and Main makes it easy. With their credit program, monthly payments can be as low as $20 and as long as you make your payments on time, your credit limit may go up. There’s no need to deal with big banks or make a dent in your checking account when you need some new wardrobe pieces.