Fashion Investment Pieces

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Let's talk about spending on fashion, shall we? I know how it is. You see all of these BEAUTIFUL things, and you WANT them...ALL OF THEM!! Am I right??? But, they cost SOOOO much!! 



So, let's just examine the above outfit. The jeans are from Target (several years ago). The top is from Loft (several years ago).  I have linked similar looks below. Now...the shoes...well, those are Gucci suede loafers from this year, and I will wear them for years to come. They have been one of my absolute favorite pairs of shoes this year, AND, more importantly, they are comfy! My point here is that most of the outfit is relatively cheap...NOT the shoes, but we can't have it all! Scroll right below to see more of the look.


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Okay, don't be fooled by all of the advertising and blog posts into thinking that you need to spend a million bucks to look beautiful...'cause, you don't! Do I buy nice things? Sure. However, I pick and choose the things where I spend big. I also realize, and take into account when linking clothes for y'all, that some people just can't afford to spend big on anything right now, BUT, of course, they still want to look great!!

I'm sure you all notice from my looks, I buy all kinds of clothes from Target to Gucci...OKAY...and I love them all! My suggestion for you ladies that just HAVE to HAVE that one designer piece or multiple designer pieces in your closet, but you're working on a budget, is to invest in timeless shoes that you will wear (not that one great pair of high heels that you will only wear once or twice) and timeless handbags. Sure, you can buy the trendy, of the moment handbag, but if you're stretching your budget to buy it in the first place, and it's out of style in six months to a year...what have you really accomplished? Below are my picks for timeless handbags. Scroll right to see more. Are they expensive, yes, but that is the topic of this post.



For handbags, I love a timeless, classic Gucci leather bag, preferably a tote. I suppose you can't go wrong with a Louis, but EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE has them.  I personally, LOVE to have something that everyone else doesn't have. That's one reason I buy from small designers that hand make their goods. Of course, I also buy from large, well-known designers. 

I love Mulberry bags or a classic Saint Laurent bag. Sure, you can run out and buy a Chloé or Celine bag, and it may be in style for a while, but again, EVERYONE is buying them!!! I go by the mantra below, and you should too, especially when spending your hard earned cash!


This could really lead me into a discussion of strong personal style, as opposed to trend following. Here's the thing, once you have a strong sense of your personal self, you will (or should) develop your personal style, and your wardrobe choices will (or should) be based upon that. That doesn't mean that you won't like and/or buy new stylish pieces. It does mean that you won't jump on every trend bandwagon that comes along. Trend spending is wasteful spending.

Seriously, if you look at 99% of Instagram "fashion bloggers" THEY ALL LOOK THE SAME!  It amazes me that everyone wants to look alike. Whatever happened to individuality? To personal style? Anyway, I digress! Back to the point of this post...how to spend your money to where you get the most benefit! Below are my shoe picks. Again, I try to go comfy and timeless on my expensive shoes. Scroll right for more selections.

Okay, so what do I like to buy on the cheap?  I love a cheap tee shirt, and I'm not ashamed WHERE I buy it! NO, I don't mean the kind with Pensacola Beach scrolling across the back with a big wave under it! I mean a great, white, fitted, cap-sleeved tee! One of my favorites is below.




So, I guess you get my point on this, shorts, tees those things you can buy cheap...even little sun dresses or rompers, and you will still look great as long as you spend your money on shoes and bags. Now, if you can't spend a lot of money on shoes and bags, that's okay. I always link great shoes and bags for you that are very reasonable and that will last you a season or longer. Believe it or not, I've got shoes in my closet from Target that have lasted multiple seasons. Hey...if they're still good and still in style...I'm keepin' them! Additionally, often times, you can find a designer "look a-like" if you just don't want to spend that money, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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XOXO,

Julie

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