Quality vs Quantity

Are you a splurge or a save type of shopper? Do you like to have a large wardrobe or a few select quality pieces?

I tend to find myself somewhere in the middle. Growing up I did not come from a home that had a large income. We always had enough for food on the table, and I was lucky enough to go to the camp that I wanted, but designer labels were definitely not a part of my upbringing.

Therefore, sometimes I struggle with spending a lot on items like clothing and bags. I find that it is hard to justify such a large price tag, when I can find a similar item for a lot less money. However, what I have come to realize through the years, is that more often than not, you pay for what you get.


Living in the Northeast and spending half the year in coats, I feel that this item is worth the splurge. I have had coats in my closet for almost 20 years and because I spent the extra few dollars, they are still in excellent condition. I also recommend getting your coats professionally cleaned at the end of the season so they are nice and fresh when you are ready to use them again.


Accessories are another area in which you can choose to make an investment

When I was younger, I would buy the $5 belts in the city that the vendors on the street would sell. I figured that if it held my pants up, it did the job!

Now that I am a little older, I have realized that the belt can completely transform your entire outfit. This Gucci belt has made it’s way into a lot of my outfits lately, and I honestly don’t think my outfits would look as pulled together or polished without it.


Now when we start to talk about other items - tops, jeans, shoes - I like to have a mix of high and low priced items. Shoes can be very trendy, so it’s always best to save on items that you may not want to wear the following year. There are many designers like Sam Edelman that offer great quality shoes at an affordable price.


What are some of your favorite pieces that you have invested in over the years? Leave me a comment below!

Outfit Details

Top: Express
Pants: 7 for all Mankind
Coat: Donna Zhong
Shoes: M Gemi
Sunglasses: Chanel

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