What Pieces to Invest in and What to Buy at a Discount

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Every new season brings lots of excitement about what trends to expect. What should we clear out of our closets; what trends should we invest in: What should we store away until next year, and what trends aren’t worth investing in at all? These are all viable questions to ask come fall. I personally get so excited by all the freshly stocked clothes that I sometimes lose sight of what’s really worth splurging on. I’ve gathered up four fall trends with insight on whether or not you should dish out the money or save it for something else.

{top: vintage jacket: jcrew (old but I like this) skirt: forever21 shoes: jeffrey campbell bag: thrifted jewels: vintage, jennifer meyer & c/o: anjolee}

This fall, there a lot of Military-esque clothing, from defined shoulders and buttons to full-on camouflage jackets. I would say not to splurge on a camo-print jacket, because it’s bound to go out of style before you get your money's worth out of wearing it! Instead splurge on a classic-cut jacket that’s army green.I’ve always been a fan of utility jackets. Somehow they always manage to stay in style throughout the different seasons, and they add just the right amount of edge needed to amp up an outfit. You can still have fun with the trend, but you won’t feel guilty, since it will be a part of your wardrobe for many years to come.

- My heart yearns for colors and prints, but that doesn’t mean it’s smart to spend significant money on a one blouse. I try to find a lot of my printed tops at thrift or vintage stores, because their prices make a huge difference. It’s hard to re-wear a bold printed shirt, and most likely the print will be on a fashion faux-pas list within a few months (unless it's a classic print like polka dots or stripes). This goes for novelty prints as well. Don’t invest in them; their originality will fade quickly. It would be in your best interest to spend your hard-earned money on versatile blouses in neutral colors that will become key layering pieces.

Leather has been popping up everywhere the last few months, and there’s no sign of it going away, whether it’s a staple jacket, a miniskirt, or some hot high-waisted pants. Butyou have to be cautious of what buttery-smooth pieces will last -- because they definitely don’t come cheap! I’m a huge advocate for splurging on a timeless leather jacket. If it is high quality and you take good care of it, a leather jacket can last a lifetime. On the other hand, I don’t think it’s as smart to spend a lot of cash on a real leather skirt. Many of the fast-paced-fashion stores have faux leather skirts that make you feel just as good as you would in the real deal, minus the steep ticket price.

Shoes are my weakness;boots in particular. I’ve spent way too much money on styles too trendy to last. It’s always hard for me to get rid of them, since I know how much I dished out to get them. I’ve learned my lesson one too many times, and now I always try to find boots in classic colors like black, gray, or brown. I know I will be able to get a lot of use out of them -- they'll go with most of my wardrobe, and I’ll be fine investing money into them because of the cost per wear factor. As big as jewel tones are this season, I wouldn’t recommend buying an expensive pair of boots in one of the rich colors. Think about the present, but also the future: It's not likely that the same colors will be trendy in seasons to follow. You won’t get the same use out of them as you will with a more neutral pair.

With all of that said, I think it’s important for you to understand your own personal style and tweak my tips to better define yourself. Don’t be bogged down by one specific trend, and don’t be scared to mix and match your high and low pieces together – that’s what makes it fun, after all!

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