I’m sure you probably saw all over Instagram last Wednesday, but New York got a taste of spring weather. I think it went up to 70 degrees and I saw a ton of people walking around in their summer gear. Which I thought was a little crazy, but hey, do you boo.
It was seriously so wonderful and refreshing. Eddie met up with me for a little lunch date in Central Park which was so nice to walk around and relax for an hour. And I took the opportunity to shoot my first spring look of the season.
And speaking of the start of a new season, this is usually when we all go a little “add to cart” crazy since we’re excited to pick up new things for the season. But, not everything is worth your money or worth paying full price for and what might be worth it for me may not be worth it for you. So today, I’m sharing some tips on how to figure out what’s worth it and what’s not.
TRY A DUPE OR MORE AFFORDABLE VERSION
Whether it be makeup or fashion, there is always a more affordable and similar item out there.
Retailers like H&M, Forever 21, Asos and even Shein are great places to try out those trendier pieces and get basics for pretty much pennies. If you’re unsure if you’re going to like something, look good in something or just don’t know if you’re gonna wear it then try a more affordable option before you go investing in something.
I have a friend who always buys cheap sunglasses to try out a certain shape or style before she invests in the brand name one. This winter, I had picked up a thick turtleneck sweater from H&M and while I love it and think it’s so warm and cozy for the winter, I now know I’m not a turtleneck kind of girl so I would never want to spend a ton of money on those pieces.
And take Gucci for example, their fur lined mules and printed sneakers are so popular and luckily nowadays there are so many dupes out there. That’s not to say you shouldn’t buy the Gucci version, but I think you’ll feel much better about such a big purchase if you try out the dupe, see if you really like them and wear them often and then invest in the brand name pair.
We all deserve to treat ourselves, but we should treat ourselves to things we know we’re gonna love and wear often.
ASK YOURSELF HOW MANY TIMES ARE YOU ACTUALLY GOING TO WEAR SOMETHING
And be honest with yourself!
Some of those trendier and statement pieces are so hard because you can only wear them so often. I used to have a big thing for feathers. I still kinda do tbh. But, a few years back I picked up two pretty pricey tops that had a feather trim. They were my faves, but because they were such a statement piece, it was so noticeable. And I didn’t want to be the girl who wore the feather shirt to work 3 out of 5 days. But, that year I also invested in a pair of Paige jeans which I totally could get away with wearing more often.
I also think that so often we find a piece and have a perfect idea for it. Like, oh this will be perfect for that brunch in a few weeks or for that presentation I have to give at work or as a blogger I think oh that will be great for that one post I want to do. But, I think you have to really think if you can wear it again after that. If the answer is yes and you think it’s gonna be your everything then go for it. But, if you’re kinda stuck and don’t know when you would wear it again then it’s probably not worth your money.
A few years back I picked up this pricey pineapple lace top because I had just gotten a yellow clutch and thought it would look so cute with it. I only had one idea on what to wear it with, but I love pineapples and knew I would wear it often so I picked it up and it’s one piece that I for sure don’t regret.
BRING IT HOME AND STYLE IT IN DIFFERENT WAYS
If you’re in the fitting room and in love with something, but you just have one idea on how to wear it or one event to wear it for, but you really love it, then take it home to try it out with your wardrobe pieces. Of course, take note of the retailer’s return policy to make sure that if it’s not as versatile as you want it to be that you can return it.
I think taking yourself out of the dressing room and taking that item home so you can play around to see if it really goes with your wardrobe pieces helps clear your mind. Does it go with your favorite pair of jeans? Did you want to pair it with that one blazer in your closet, but it doesn’t actually look good together? I create outfits in my head all the time and then when I actually put them together or style the pieces sometimes it’s not a hit so give yourself room to play around.
I once purchased this bell sleeve sweater dress that was so cute online and then I got it in and while I liked it, I thought to myself how many times am I actually going to wear this. And so I returned it. Personally, I’m pretty decisive in a dressing room, but every now and then I’m on the fence so I find that this helps.
IS IT TOO TRENDY?
I’m not against trendy pieces. What’s trendy to someone may be a staple for someone else. So, do you.
But, always ask yourself, sure I love this piece now and it’s so in style, but will I love this next season and will I love this if it’s technically not in style anymore?
Take the corset trend, like a corset belt or a shirt that had the cinched corset detail. It was seriously all the rave last season and probably still is, but for me personally, I never could get into it and I just didn’t think it would be long lived. But, if I had wanted to try out the trend, those retailers like H&M or Forever 21 would have been a great option.
Whereas, I recently read an article about trends to say goodbye to in 2018 and one of them was off the shoulder tops and denim overalls. For me personally, I live for an off the shoulder top and I love the look of denim overalls so while they may be trendy to some, it’s definitely a wardrobe staple I would invest in.
DO YOU ALREADY HAVE SOMETHING SIMILAR TO IT? AND DO YOU WEAR IT OFTEN?
I love striped shirts. This is a well known Live Laugh Linda fact.
I have a ton of striped shirts in my wardrobe, but I know that I wear them so often and they can go with everything so I would for sure invest in more. I also love bell sleeves. But, I have one blouse in particular that has bell sleeves and a crochet detail and I loved it so much that I picked it up in two colors. But, I’ve found that the top itself is pretty high maintenance since the sleeves are such statement details and the top wrinkles easily so although I love the top itself, I probably wouldn’t invest in any more colors because I know I don’t wear it as often.
It’s okay to buy things in every color or to buy something similar to what you already own. I’m notorious for doing this. I think just make sure that you know you love it and are going to wear it. Don’t keep buying things that you wear once and then sit in your closet.
I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post. Sorry for getting it up a little late tonight. I was hit with some major writers block last night and didn’t want to post something I didn’t believe in.
Hope you all have a great week ahead. I can’t believe it’s already going to be March!!