Frequent shoppers say they totally are.
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I’ve always been jealous of That Girl—you know, the one who goes into a thrift store and walks out with an amazing new wardrobe she bought for $10. I, on the other hand, am a sucker for a well-curated display of new arrivals at Anthropologie. Shopping, for me, is a constant balancing act between digging for a bargain and trying to figure out what fashion items are actually worth splurging on.
The concept of “splurge” is different for everyone, of course. Last summer I crossed a new personal threshold: I bought a casual dress for a cool $200 at Reformation. I knew I’d get a ton of wear out of it, probably for years to come, but my stomach still dropped as I handed over my credit card.
Splurges, however you define them, really are worth it sometimes. The key to having a nice high-low mix in your wardrobe is knowing what to spend the big bucks on and what you should get on the cheap. I tend to use the time-honored method of shelling out more money for timeless pieces, then hitting up inexpensive retailers for trendier items that might look dated in just a few seasons.
But that concept is familiar—I wanted to know what unexpected fashion accoutrements were worth spending more on, so I hit up a series of fashion experts and non-expert style enthusiasts in order to get the best, most practical advice on splurges for a wide range of budgets and lifestyles. Here are their tips.
Sunglasses can take up a ton of room in your bag, but the struggle is significantly diminished with a pair that’s built for portability. “[T]he foldable, polarized Ray-Bans were an investment that has been really great and worth it on so many occasions,” performer and freelance artist Monica Lerch tells Bustle.
Anyone else feeling like they need to save up for their next big fashion purchase right about now?
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