Work hard, play hard. Do you agree with this old adage? While I personally love my down time, I also know that this means working hard so that I can treat myself on occasion. And by treat, I not only mean taking some much needed time off but also finding those perfect items which are worth the splurge!
As I'm sure you've already discovered, a big price tag does not automatically mean high-quality, investment-worthy products. There are plenty of high-ticket items out there that you might wear once, but do you really want to spend your hard-earned dollars on something you may never take out of your closet again? Most likely not!
So if you're thinking it's time to treat yourself (go on, you know you want to), then here are my top picks on staples worth splurging on...
A Luxurious Handbag
A quality handbag will last you more than the test of time, and in a neutral material or color, you can literally wear this staple with anything in your closet. Talk about a justified investment!
An ample-sized clutch will ensure you always have your essentials (not more) and it is the best option for day-to-evening glam. Find a style with an optional strap for added style versatility and a flexible piece you can use time and time again. Treat your handbag as you do your quality watch - a signature, everyday piece that is vital!
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1. FRAME Slim-leg Jeans 2. SKIN Off-the-shoulder Pajama Top 3. SPLENDID Tank 4. JIMMY CHOO Leather Sandals 5. MEL BOTERI Magenta Coco Small Shoulder Bag Python
A Standout Jacket
I think it is safe to assume that we all have a jacket or two in our wardrobes, but what we are referencing here is beyond your everyday cover-up. A standout jacket is extremely high in quality, wearable with everything, from pant suits to skirts, jeans to dresses, and something that stands for your personal style!
When picking your investment jacket, try not to follow current trends, and instead look to classics that are cut to suit your particular body shape. Choose a color that flatters your skin-tone best, and when all else fails opt for a black blazer with a little bit of flair.
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1. T BY ALEXANDER WANG Satin Pencil Skirt 2. EQUIPMENT Washed-silk Shirt 3. IRO Bouclé Jacket 4. MEL BOTERI Cara Envelope Clutch in Black Ostrich Print Leather 5. GIANVITO ROSSI Pumps
The way I see it, your feet carry your weight throughout the day, literally, and for that reason alone, a pair of everyday black heels is totally worth the splurge!
You get what you pay for, and that is especially true with shoes, so quality is everything. Leather or otherwise, big designer name or not, focus first and foremost on the fit and support. And don't worry about the price tag - you get a hall pass here ;)
I'm picking black (versus nude or some other color), because, well let's be honest, black will always be "in" and it goes with 99.9% of the items already in your closet. And if you find the right pair of pumps, you can wear these babies from day-to-night giving you even more flexibility for your dollars!
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1. L'AGENCE Skinny Jeans 2. BOUTIQUE MOSCHINO Crepe de Chine Blouse 3. RAY-BAN Oversized Aviator Sunglasses 4. MEL BOTERI Black Saffiano Leather Emmy Convertible Clutch 5. CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Pumps
Every woman deserves a fabulous piece of jewelry at least once in her life. Whether it be a ring, a brooch, a necklace or a bracelet, pick an item that you can easily layer with your other jewels or simply opt for a piece that makes you feel special and beautiful and splurge away! Again, quality is key here, because cheap, tacky jewelry does nothing more than make your skin go green.
You can wear your fine jewelry daily or save it for special occasions, but if it is a rather large purchase (whatever that means to you), do look into insurance requirements to keep your purchase safe!
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1. RE/DONE Skinny Jeans 2. RACHEL ZOE Cold-shoulder Blouse 3. ELI JEWELS Pearl & Diamond Necklace 4. SAM EDELMAN Tall Boots 5. MEL BOTERI Tan Suede Leather Fringed Taylea Handbag
I've linked up my top 4 splurge-worthy staples below for your easy reference. Trust me, you and your closet will thank you later for treating yourself to any of these pieces, even if it means stashing away some cash for the next month or so.
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Next week we will continue to help you make some smart additions to your closet as we look into what trends are actually worth the investment. Can't wait to share what we found with you then!
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