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I was so excited to open up my boot box and pull out these Stuart Weitzman Lowland boots last week. There is finally a chill in the air, and one of my favorite combinations for fall is dresses and boots. People have asked a lot about how and when I decide to invest in certain pieces, whether it be these boots or a handbag.
My wardrobe is a good mix of affordable pieces with a luxury bag or shoe thrown in every now and then. That idea is really how this blog was born! I don’t really believe in spending a ton on clothes that will go in and out of style quickly, but when it comes to handbags and shoes I will occasionally spend a wee bit more.
Whenever you are deciding if you think a certain piece is worth the splurge or not, consider these things:
How often will you use it? Make sure no matter how expensive something may be, you will actually use it. A pretty handbag that is easy to scratch or a shoe that can easily get damaged probably won’t be something you will reach for all that often. It you won’t use the piece consistently, don’t do it.
Is it trendy or classic? Although I’m a sucker for some of the trendy bags or shoes I see, I refrain from investing in those. Classic shoes and handbags never go out of style and you can guarantee they will always have a place in your wardrobe. A classic Chanel bag, nude pumps or these over the knee boots will never be trendy or out of style.
Is it higher quality or just a designer label? I’ve found some ‘designer’ items are really no better than a more affordable version. Make sure you try them on in person, investigate the materials they are made from, and you see that the comfort and quality is there. I was sold on these boots once I tried them on! The quality and fit is nothing I’ve ever found and they are the only boots I’ve ever come across that fit my legs.
I also try to plan well in advance for a big purchase so I don’t feel as stressed or guilted as if it were an impulse buy. Do your research – online reviews, check resale values in case you ever want to get rid of it, and take time to make sure you really love it and it’s not just a knee jerk reaction.
I paired my boots with these adorable yellow dress I picked up at Marshalls last week and my new Cuyana bag! I shared this bag on Instagram stories and got so many questions about it. It’s tiny size is perfect for my phone, wallet and Chapstick and I love the grey leather and suede combination.
Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend and here’s to a short Monday!