Save vs. Splurge: Ladylike Wardrobe Essentials

Save (above left):  Skirt  | Pumps | Sunglasses | Handbag | Blouse

Splurge (above right):  Skirt  | Pumps | Sunglasses | Handbag | Blouse


If you love flipping through fashion magazines and seeing the hi/low outfit and beauty posts as much as I do, then this one's for you! I've selected a few of my favorite classic styles for this classy outfit and am sharing both investment pieces as well as more budget-friendly options so that you can achieve this look for less. I've been meaning to start a series like this for a long time and this is the first of many to come! Since I'm an Interior Designer and spend my days hunting down for the perfect pieces for my clients, I'll be extending this to home decor inspiration also, so stay tuned for that!

As you all know, I'm a big believer in investing in 'forever' pieces and building a closet that will be timeless. If you've followed along here for my outfit posts (or via Instagram), you know that many pieces I share are 5-10+ years old and still in great condition. That's the beauty of investing in well made classic styles, they never go out of fashion.

However, there are times when we simply don't have the budget we wish we did or we realize that while we need a particular item in our wardrobe, that for us personally, it may not be a piece that will get worn as often so we opt for a lesser expensive option. I find myself doing that with scarves and hats the most lately and anything trendy that and I know may not be something I'll be wearing 3 years down the road. I sprinkle those gently throughout my closet to keep it fun and of-the-moment.


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There are some great end-of-season sales taking place right now and a ton on clearance for not only winter items but also spring!  I've linked to them all below for you so you can add to your wardrobe as needed.


  • ANN TAYLOR: 40% OFF dresses w/code: DRESSUP
  • ASOS: Final clearance up to 70% OFF, new styles just added.
  • BANANA REPUBLIC: Extra 50% OFF sale.
  • J.CREW: Extra 40-60% OFF final sale styles w/code: SHOPNOW
  • LOFT: Buy one, get one 50% OFF on sweaters, tops and tees.
  • LORD & TAYLOR: Up to 75% OFF all clearance w/code: FINAL
  • MACY'S: Extra 25-40% OFF clearance. Total savings of 40-85% off select items.
  • NEIMAN MARCUS: Up to 75% OFF when taking add'l 20% off already reduced items.
  • NET-A-PORTER: Extra 20% OFF final clearance items labeled 'sale must have'.
  • NEW YORK & CO: Extra 40% OFF everything on top of 50% OFF!!! w/code: 9331
  • TORY BURCH: Up to 60% OFF lots of sale styles of clothing, shoes, boots + accessories!
  • TOMMY HILFIGER: Extra 50% OFF sale items w/code: THEOS50


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The three things I always invest in are handbags, footwear I know I'll be wearing regularly and coats. What do you tend to splurge on the most?

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