Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The . Fashion . High . Road

Each new season there are roughly a thousand new pieces of clothing and accessories that I feel I have to have. At least. Financially though, I'm obviously not going to be purchasing near that much.

So here's my dilemma: Spend more money on one nice thing (a dress, in this case) that I've sort of longed for, is designer, and will last a long time OR spend a bit less and get a handful of things, all pretty, but likely to only be worn for a year or two.

I keep saying (as does Brianne, who's supposed to be my shopping role model right now) that it's worth it to buy the more expensive classic pieces. But what do you, my dear readers, think? Go for the gold or go for the many?

Pics: FashionCopious


briannelee said...

Hahahahaha. Oh boy... I am not sure if I should be a shopping role model ;)

Its really hard b/c I always find good things at the thrift store and I feel like I can't pass up a bargain. My problem is buying things I don't need. I need to focus on buying items that I need in my closet instead of purchasing another tee shirt or purse. I do think certain classic items can last years and years so it is worth investing in more expensive options: jackets, purses, suits, pencil skirts or black pants, and jewelry come to mind.

Pretty Little World said...

I once read an article about shopping for things on sale, and she said, "If you wouldn't pay full price for it, don't buy it just because it's on sale."

That seems like really practical, good advice, but SO difficult to follow!

drollgirl said...

oh, this is the classic debate!!!! it is SO HARD when you have super taste, and not necessarily all of the funds you need to indulge! i think i am a lot older than you (i'm 39), so i am trying to give myself permission to buy higher quality/classic/lovely items. but they are so #@(*#%#%(% expensive, so i can't do it as often as i'd like. so i end up getting many less expensive items that offer variety and get me through the seasons, even if they won't last forever.

Pinecone Camp said...

Higher quality, as long as you'll wear it often! I love pretty much everything you've shown us today. Sigh.

The Style Revolution said...

I love the Miu Miu Shoes! I like to save for one really cool designer piece!

Awesome Sara said...

ooooo!! i dont care if my na-nas show in these outfits! oh spend it on that dress. why have a zillion things u sorta dont want when u can have 1 thing u want, ur welcome for that zen advice

megan said...

ahh! i love that first photo so, so much. totally gorge. :)

and i have to say, i learned my lesson when i bought a pair of beautiful (and pricey) shoes from anthropologie recently--they were worth the dent in my bank account because i wear them all the time and they're more comfortable than any of my cheapie shoes.


Teresa @ good-grace said...

oh - this is a tough one...if you are in the position to have an option. I agree with Pinecone Camp - higher quality that you can get lots of use out of. (but, oh dear Lord - that sounds like something my mother would say. Apparently I'm becoming far too practical.)

oh yes - and I should point out, although I'm sure it's obvious... higher quality does *not* always equate to higher price. I'm *shocked* at some of the construction of really pricey pieces ... reminding me of the phrase "you put lipstick on a pig..."