5 Fashion Essentials Worth the Investment
If you're only going to invest in a few new pieces this year, these key clothing items will get you the most bang for your buck.
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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
Chain-Strap Evening Bag
Between weddings, cocktail parties and the occasional black-tie affair, an evening bag is a necessity. And while you may be tempted to change up your everyday bag with the latest trend, a classic black leather or metallic evening bag
is a faithful friend.
"Chanel's iconic quilted chain-strap bag is proof that this style will never be out," Baros says.
Black Riding Boots
Great leather boots
like these can cost a pretty penny, but the return on your investment is high. "Buy a classic silhouette in the best leather you can afford, and you will have a fine footwear companion for years to come," Baros says.
Flat black boots can easily be dressed up or down, from skirts to dresses to skinny jeans.
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Double-Breasted Wool Trench Coat
"Sometimes all people see is your outerwear, which is why having a warm, fabulous wool coat is an absolute necessity for cold weather," Baros says. The shape is universally flattering on all figures and goes from work to weekend. A neutral color is always in style, or go for a youthful look in an eye-catching hue
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Throw on a great statement jacket to add glamor to any look, whether it's layered over a T-shirt at work or your favorite little black dress for a night out.
Choose the style that will fit the other pieces in already in your closet from a classic tailored black tuxedo jacket to a trend-setting shiny sequin blazer. This navy blazer
easily transitions from work to evening.
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Oversize Cashmere Scarf
"A luxe cashmere/wool blend scarf that can double as a wrap is something you'll love wearing all winter, both indoors and out, at home and when you're traveling," Baros says. A long, oversize length will give you the greatest versatility and allow you to wear your scarf in multiple ways