Your ultimate shopping guide: when to save and when to splurge


You’ve probably done most of your back to school shopping already, but we all know that no fashionista is ever really done shopping. We also know that your budget can get in the way of scoring the clothing items you need and want each season. It can also be hard to find the right balance of basics and statement pieces to create a complete wardrobe when price tags run high. We’re breaking down the rules on when it’s best to save and when it’s safe to splurge while you build your best-ever wardrobe. Before you hit the mall, check out our list of 10 items to save on and 10 items to splurge on for this school year.

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    10 items under $30

    Here we have sourced 10 items that are cheap and cute. These items vary in style, shape and purpose, but they all are inexpensive enough that if you only wear them a handful of times, you won’t be put out. Scour the racks for what we like to call “trendy basics,” like a striped cropped sweater or a sleeveless chambray shirt. These are great layering pieces that can be worn in many ways, look trendy right now and will last you past one season. These also have the benefit of helping to transform the pieces you already own, like that white sundress or plaid shirt. But note that these items aren’t unique or durable enough to fork over all your hard-earned babysitting money on. 


    And if you just have to have that daisy-print skirt, ombré sweater or pastel kimono? It’s smart to look for uber trendy pieces at a lower price since you may not love them as much after a few months when the trend dies down. Shop around for sales on seasonal items or check out online sites where you can compare prices. Check out our cheap and cute picks below.


    Chicnova Black White Stripes Crop Top sweater, $16,
    Collar Sleeveless Denim Dress, $25, 
    Gradia Slouch Sweater, $26, 
    Light Denim Blue Lapel Sleeveless Double Pockets Bow Knot Blouse, $21,

    Women's V-neck hollow out batwing sleeves knitted cardigan sweater, $6,
    Floral Crop Sleeves Kimono Sky-blue, $21, 
    Black Daisy Tassel Crop Top and Skirt Co-Ord Set, $27,

    Floral Placement Shift Dress, $26,

    Boohoo Cecily Neon Floral Print Scuba Skort, $24,

    Long Sleeve Slouchy Cardigan, $10,

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    10 items worth the splurge

    Here we’ve sourced 10 items that are worth the splurge. If you have made the effort to save on your trendy items, than you should have a little bit left over to spend on those higher-quality statement pieces every girl needs. In this list of splurge-worthy items, you’ll find well-made jeans, great wear-every-day boots, accessories that’ll take you from school to weekend in a jiffy and jackets that’ll top off everything in your closet. 


    Yep, you might have sticker shock, but spending $70 on combat boots is worth the splurge because they are made from real leather and should last you at least a couple years. Just make sure you’re stocking up on classic styles that’ll outlast the fleeting trends. But that’s not to say you have to go boring. A denim moto jacket or a bright solid blazer won’t go out of style any time soon. We hope this list helps show you exactly what kind of items should be worth the dough, so you can start saving! 

    UGG Australia Bailey Bow-Back Short Boot, Baby Pink, $205,

    Motel Vintage Bonyon Backpack Printed, $70, 

    ACNE Jeans, $99,
    Open-front Lapel Long Woolen Coat, $55,  
    MANGO Denim biker jacket, $80,
    Toy Watch TOYWATCH 'Velvety' Bracelet Watch, 41mm, $67,
    Sole Society Nina Tribal Medium Tote, $60,

    Steve Madden Women's Troopa Boots, $70,

    River Island Purple colour block open front blazer, $83,

    Converse All Star Lo Leather Sneaker, $60,


by Georgia Milton | 2/1/2016