I believe that anyone can be fashionable. It’s all about being smart with what you buy, knowing what silhouettes complement your body and picking the right pieces that fit your look and lifestyle. You don’t have to own designer labels for everything, although that would be amazing. The items that you wear consistently are definitely worth investing in and others you can find at a great price and quality.

Maybe you know that feeling when you’re looking through your closet and can’t find anything to wear. In my experience, this is a result of buying clothes that were trendy in the moment and have since gone out of style or lost their quality. Over time, you’re left with less clothes than you originally thought you had. This is the worst feeling, especially because its a severe waste of money. It took me a while to really asses my personal style and come up with a shopping strategy that makes sense for my lifestyle and budget.

I thought I would share things that I like to spend extra for and save money on while shopping. Of course, everyone has a different lifestyle so you may not agree with everything I listed. But, I hope this serves you as a guide so you can strategically shop and build a wardrobe you love.

Save: Faux Fur and Leather Jackets

Faux leather and fur jackets are a seasonal wardrobe staple for me. I bring mine out during the fall and wear them almost every day until the winter hits. Living in New York, the snow and rain can be unpredictable. I keep my budget for at $80-$100 dollars. This way if inclement weather does ruin the material, it won’t break the bank to replace it. You can find great pieces from various stores like Zara, Asos, Mango and Revolve.

Splurge: Everyday Tote Bag

Another factor I consider while living and working in New York is the daily commute. I’m usually in the City from 9am to 6pm so I need to carry my life essentials with me at all times. This means my work tote bag has to be really durable, great quality and stylish. I’ve tried to use cheaper tote bags but the handles always seem to give out after a few months. I don’t want to buy a new one every time it wears out so I go the designer route.

Save: Jewelry

I don’t like to spend a lot of money on jewelry at all. Looking back at some of the jewelry I bought, I’m so glad I never spent more than $10-20 on them. Jewelry trends go in and out in fashion SO quickly and I tend to lose them easily. The jewelry from Bauble Bar, TopShop and Urban Outfitters are good enough for my wardrobe at the moment. The only exception I have to this opinion is for watches. I definitely think investing in a designer timepiece that you can wear daily is a smart move.

Splurge: Winter Coat

This one shouldn’t come as a surprise since you can image how crazy the weather in New York is. You never know when the snow is going to hit so I keep my coats in good condition for each season. I also have made sure to have styles for multiple occasions. I have an everyday winter coat, one for work, a formal one and one that is more sporty and athletic. They range from $250-$400 each and are totally worth the investments.


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