Here at Lucky, we love shopping (does that come across?). It’s creative, fun and can actually be super fulfilling. It can also be confusing, frustrating, and challenging—especially when you’re trying to stick to a budget…like pretty much all of us are. So, we decided to crack the code a bit and broke out three key ways you can save and three areas where it makes sense to spend a little bit more when you shop. The idea is to allot your budget in the most efficient way possible—splurge where it counts and save where it doesn’t. Read on for the full breakdown.
Where to Save:
This is a broad category, but essentially, we’re talking about anything that you’re going to wear frequently (and therefore, most likely wear out). If you’re looking to stock up on white T-shirts, go for a pack of Hanes (try a boy’s large or extra-large for a lady-friendly fit) that you can replace as soon as the sweat stains start to show, and leave the Alexander Wang for that perfect black dress you’ll dry clean every month. Places like H&M, Zara, and Aritzia are great for replacing your black trousers and skirts when you’ve worn them to death, and when you pair them with higher-priced prints and accessories, they look just as expensive. It’s the magic of a high-low wardrobe.
These are another example of a closet item that’s going to get worn to death by the end of the summer. Between beach trips, long after-brunch strolls, mud mishaps and general warm weather revelry, those barely there leather straps don’t stand a chance. Opt for a simple style like a T-strap or low gladiator with minimal embellishments that’ll fall right in line with the rest of your wardrobe.
We know—this sounds counter-intuitive. Leather is one of the priciest materials out there, but it’s also one that runs pretty rampant in vintage and thrift stores. You can find authentic, amazing quality leather skirts (from knee-length pencil styles to flared midis), jackets and unique one-offs for a fraction of the price when you get it second-hand. Plus, because leather is such a luxe fabric, silhouettes tend to stay classic, so you’re more likely to find timeless pieces that look just as modern as any new iteration.
Where to Spend:
A designer print is an instant heirloom. It hardly ever goes out of style (and if it does, it’ll come right around again before you know it) and looks just as luxe as it is, meaning it’ll never be mistaken for a fast fashion buy. A moody Givenchy floral, bright Missoni chevron or graphic Mary Katrantzou print will carry your entire outfit, and that’s worth the investment.
Okay, this sort of contradicts the don’t-splurge-on-basics concept above because a handbag is something you use everyday. However, in this case, that’s exactly why it deserves a larger chunk of your budget. The right bag can instantly elevate your entire look, and because you’re using it constantly, it should be something you love. Plus, it’s a lot easier to keep an expensive purse in good condition than it is to try to save designer flats from hours of pavement-pounding.
Every lady deserves an amazing pair of shoes that just makes her happy. We’re not talking about the workaday flats you sport on the daily or the sensible-but-chic black pumps you keep in your bottom desk drawer—we’re talking about the fire-engine red (or printed or color-blocked) stunners that make you feel like Beyoncé. They look expensive; they feel expensive, and they’re worth every penny. Because when you’re walking on air, ain’t nobody gonna notice your jeans only cost $49.99.