Save vs. Splurge-Fall Edition

Today I’m sharing a Save vs. Splurge post. These posts are fun to make and it’s amazing how similar some of these items look to their designer counterparts, but the prices are very different.

What I have noticed over the years is while some women want to save on items there are many women who only buy the designer brands.

I also think you have to take into consideration the cost per wear items. For instance if you wear jeans a lot and you purchase a pair of designer jeans, the cost per wear is probably going to be small. Does that make sense??

But, if you purchase a trendy designer top that can only be worn in the summer, chances are your cost per wear is going to be high.

Anyway, it’s fun to look at the different prices and you can get a very similar look for less.

Sharing save vs. splurge items for fall.

Halogen cashmere sweater ($89) vs. Autumn cashmere sweater ($308)
Bauble link bracelet ($32) vs. Bloomingdale’s link bracelet ($1800 on sale for $900)
Target metallic clutch ($24) vs. Jimmy Choo metallic clutch ($725)
ALDO over the knee boots ($78) vs. Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots ($675)
Nine West pointed toe flat ($41) vs. Prada pointed toe flat ($495)

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Are there certain items that you will pay more for such as handbags, shoes etc.

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  1. I will pay more for a fabulous statement coat! I feel like in the winter I wear one almost everyday, so it’s way more fun to have it be a fun one!!
    It is amazing how some pieces really look alike—yet the price tag is quite different. Of course, most of the time, you get what you pay for!

  2. Thank you! Great idea for a post. I like to this kind of comparison post. It reminds me that I can have stylish, pretty things without spending a bundle!

  3. Typically I will pay more for a purse because I’m not the type to change often – usually have one for Spring/summer, another for fall winter, and a couple of smaller ones for travel. I just changed out over the weekend, and I’m using one that I bought two years ago – However, it was what I consider pricey – $380 reg. price, but this ole’ girl watched until it went on sale :-). I still paid right at $200, but it’s classic and I see using it for several years. As for shoes – I typically will pay more for classic shoes/boots, but trendy or summer shoes especially, I will not pay a huge amount for. I have decided recently, due to some foot issues, that I am willing to pay more for my shoes because if my feet hurt I’m miserable. If I find pants/jeans that fit well I pretty much pay what they cost because I am hard to fit as I’m short waisted, and not a petite but not a misses in sizes – it’s a challenge always. I am a SALE shopper though – I rarely if ever pay reg. pice for anything. Things go on sale too quickly and frankly I can enjoy wearing something that I get at a great price.

  4. I love splurge and save posts. I definitely will spend more on denim,, coats, and handbags. I’m sort of middle of the road on shoes. I like nice shoes, but I think you can get quality, comfortable shoes without spending a fortune. I spend less on tops and sweaters, although even with those, I am starting to invest in a couple key pieces each year that I will have for a long time. Trendy pieces are definitely a place to go with the cheap imitations. Fun post! Love your picks.

    1. I agree, Jo-Lynne. I am really trying to simplify and that includes paying a little more for those wardrobe staples and less on the trendy pieces. Love following both you and Cyndi! Thank you!

  5. One of my favorite verses: Galatians 5:22-23 – Fruits of the Spirit. Thank you for reminding me to strive for those through an intimate relationship with Christ. And I love the ending of that verse: “And against such things there is no law.” We can have as much peace, love, joy, patience, self-control, gentleness, faithfulness, kindness and goodness as we want!! I love it!

  6. I have so enjoyed reading your blog. I love Jesus and I really enjoy fashion so I get the best of both. I’m always trying to balance my wants with my needs and at the same time be a good steward of what the Lord has given me. So thank you for this post. My heart’s desire is to bear more fruit to His Glory!

  7. I buy most of my clothes at thrift stores..except for shoes and purses.

    Can you suggest out fits for women age 55 who are still very trendy and young.

    I am also looking for makeup and skincare suggestions for women age 55.

    1. I’m 52 and struggling for “current” style but not silly for my age. Any thoughts are appreciated. I started following your blog since you mentioned your are more pear shaped and I am really pear shaped! So many styles just seem built for women with no hips at all.

      Thanks for linking to the items you wear. It is a great resource.

  8. I wouldn’t buy cheap shoes or boots. I need comfort plus style. Purses? I change mine too often so I buy inexpensive ones from Winners. I like nice fitting jeans and just about live in them so I’ll pay a good price. I’m particular about patterns matching up, how a garment lays and fabric. So, a mixture of high/low.

  9. Save vs. Splurge posts are so fun! I recently did one on ankle booties. It’s amazing how similar some of the bargain pairs looked to the more expensive options. I tend to spend more on coats and boots than other items. A nice leather handbag is also a great investment piece in my opinion. -Melissa

  10. Hi Cyndi,
    Love your save/splurge pages! This one seemed to be too extreme…we need items “in the middle” next time! Maybe the $100-$200 pair of shoes! As I’ve gotten older, and work in retail, I will invest in quality shoes/boots to get me through my shift. Spending less on “trendy items” makes a lot of sense! I love finding quality items on deep sales…SCORE! 🙂 Have a great week.

  11. Love this post… Not everyone can afford high end pieces. We all love them but ordering them is another story. I think you do very well in keeping it balanced.

  12. Cyndi,
    Thanks for doing the save-vs-splurge post! I really like seeing the comparisons. It helps me decide what features I’d like to have in products, and see what to look for when I shop.

  13. I am an avid thrift store shopper and find great quality things there. It’s hard to shop for anything specific on a given day because you don’t know what you will find and chances are you may not find that exact item. However if I do find something I like, I pick it up and over time I’ve found a really great wardrobe. If I am looking for a specific style or trend, I’ll pick it up in a regular store. I would only be willing to spend a lot on quality shoes and a handbag since they get the most use and it is important for shoes to be comfortable. I would also say jeans since I live in them, but I’ve found many nice pairs at the thrift store so there is no need.