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If you refuse to pay full price, can find a gem in a sea of sales racks and regularly troll the Internet for free shipping codes, you may at some point have come across Dianna Baros' blog, The Budget Babe. As the name implies, she's an independent fashion blogger who loves good design on the cheap.

Rarely will she post an item of clothing over $50 on her blog, with regular posts from retailers like Target, H&M and Forever 21. But even Baros knows it's sometimes necessary to invest in a quality piece that can handle the mileage of weekly wear. We asked Baros for five splurge-worthy items to buy this year that will yield the biggest return on investment.

5 items with the best ROI