Saturday, May 21, 2016

When Is It Okay To Style-Splurge?

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There are at least two handy ways to answer this question. The first reaction of all Donna Moss sympathizers would be, "Always - heck yeah." Treat yo'self. The second reaction, belonging to the careful shopper forms the body of this post. Most of us don't have the time or budget to run blithely through life buying everything we see in a magazine. It can be crippling for some women to get outside their style box because of the investment issue. Why be brave when you could be sure? So the cautious among us might get excited about trying new styles but she (rightly) wonders,
"When is it time to style-splurge?"
I get your caution. You work hard for your money and there is an end to it. We aren't GiGi and Bella Hadid, for heaven's sake. What constitutes a fair reason to spend money on something non-classic? Here are three hints that it's okay to take the dive on that purchase:

When You've Loved It For More Than Three Months

It's easy to get excited about a trend but will that excitement last? Will the initial thrill of a high-low skirt be enough to keep you wearing it past the first two outings? Will that over-size cardigan see you past next month? Valid concerns. But if you've consistently enjoyed watching other women wear a particular style and you find yourself coming back to it again and again, it's quite likely you will continue to enjoy the style when you personally invest in it.

When You Find It On Sale

Women who dress well and stay on-budget are doubly beautiful, I'm convinced. There's this certain glow bargain-shoppers get when they wear something they paid much much much less for than just about every other woman wearing it. I imagine it's the same sort of thing a huntress would get when she's wearing a fox's brush from her most recent kill. You know, a primitive victory blush. Rock that, girl. On trend and on budget *sizzle*.

When You Know Its Market Value

My sister, a self-professed careful spender, can get over sticker shock by having done research. She is willing to buy a thing when she's gone through the rigmarole of price-checking and knows very well that the price she is about ready to pay is as good as the item in question is going to get. Not that she buys something just because it won't get cheaper, but she is willing to invest in some things when she knows that she is paying a fair price for a quality item. She can release the creeping, preventative thought of, "but what if I find it cheaper?" and if she really really wants to try the item, she can satisfy her conscience that this is a good deal.

And sometimes, you know, you'll spontaneously purchase and absolutely adore something entirely random. This is true. I've got stories.


  1. Solid advice, Rachel, and things I do on a regular basis! I would also add that stores like Forever 21 & H&M often do cheap renditions of new trends for those of us with tighter wallets. However, their production methods aren't always ethical, so I limit my support there.

    Aaaand always come back to thrift shopping. :)

    1. Yes! Though the main issue with thrift-shopping for on-trend items is that they sometimes don't appear till the trend has already passed several seasons ago. At least such seems to be the case in thrift stores around here.

  2. I have the problem of buying lots of small things (that often don't work for me) on impulse instead of carefully splurging on expensive necessities . . . like leather boots to fit wide feet. Or a skirt suit and tailoring.

  3. Favorite quote: " You know, a primitive victory blush. Rock that, girl. On trend and on budget *sizzle*." So true!

    I feel like this advice is stuff I know, but still need to hear periodically to internalize.



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