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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Splurging vs. Saving

I never really got into the "Fast Fashion" H&M and Forever 21 stores.  While I was in college, it seemed like everyone was finding all these awesome things for super cheap at H&M but then when I would go, I would struggle to find a single thing I liked.  I don't think it's about patience to sift through disorganized racks; I do that at TJ Maxx fairly regularly without a problem.  I can't figure out why it just doesn't work for me.

It seems like a lot of the people I see on Instagram pair fast fashion type clothes with super expensive shoes and bags, and I feel like I'm just the complete opposite.  Other people can make these clothes look so luxurious and high end, but I feel like on me they just look like what they are: cheap.  I have a few expensive bags but really I just use the same ones all the time; my collection is far from breathtaking.  I save on them in that I just don't buy them very often and try to buy classic ones that I won't mind wearing for a while.

As far as shoes: the most expensive pair I ever bought is my Red Wing steel toed boots for work (literally).

really the most expensive shoes I own, and I look great in them FYI

I mean, they go on the floor.  All of my weight pounds on them all the time, and back when I was in school and developed my shopping habits I did a ton of walking.  On top of that, NYC isn't exactly known for having super clean streets, why should I spend so much on something that's going to be inevitably ruined, and probably sooner rather than later?  On top of that, I have screwed up foot bone structure so lots of shoes are uncomfortable for me and it seems silly to pay so much to be so uncomfortable.

Clothes are where the majority of my money goes.  Sometimes I think about all the gorgeous bags I could own if I didn't love Vince sweaters so much, or if I could just find some nice work pants at Express that fit me well and looked good.  I feel like I'm definitely in the minority here, spending most of my budget on clothes and filling in with bags and shoes when necessary and when I can.

I like to think that higher quality clothes are worth it because they'll last you longer and save you money in the long run, but am I wrong for feeling the opposite way about shoes?  One day I'll be able to just buy super high-end everything and not have to have this debate.  Until then, I can't fathom spending more than $100 on a pair of shoes that I'll probably end up ruining within a few wears anyway.

What do you splurge on and what do you save on?

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