Does summer send you scrambling in the back of your closet for something to wear that looks fresh, light, and cool? Don’t dismay. Even when you may not have a large budget, there are still ways to stretch your wardrobe. The key is putting your dollars where they make the most impact.
“It’s all about the mix, the match, and the balance,” 35-year-old fashion designer Christian Siriano of Project Runway fame recently told PureWow. “Maybe your jeans are cheap and vintage…but then the jacket that you’re wearing is a designer that you love and that you really spent your hard-earned money on.”
Invest in a Statement Piece
Make your fashion dollars go further by saving on everyday items and spending bigger on a few statement items. Give your wardrobe a baseline with easy, affordable pieces and avoid fabrics like silk that require dry-cleaning. Save your money for more expensive statement pieces and accessories: A single-splurge item like an outfit upgrading handbag can spice up one outfit or an entire wardrobe!
If you decide to invest in a statement bag, shop for a relatively neutral color. Stick with classic styles and look for quality hardware. If your budget is tight, browse eBay or Etsy, where you can find high-end pieces at a discount. Here are some of our favorite statement handbags to help you get started on your smart(er) splurge!
This bag from Radley London was crafted to be treasured for years to come. Intricate leatherwork and floral appliqué accentuate the style, which is finished with the contrast of glimmering hardware.
The Swinger 20 is part of a collection of archival-inspired bags that celebrate authentic New York heritage. This one with quilted chambray and glove-tanned leather features Coach’s iconic turn-lock closure.
This stylish, relaxed option updates any look with carefully stitched detail, handcrafted signature fringe, and a beaded
Upgrade the classic fanny pack to this Italian version you can wear as a belt bag, a sling bag, a crossbody, or a clutch. Swap the leather strap for a metal chain strap for an elegant upgrade.