It is a truth universally acknowledged that sometimes you have to spend money to make money, and that’s the case in fashion just as much as in business. Although you can get some great items for not too much money in high street stores like Forever 21 and H&M and it’s definitely important to budget, for bigger items it’s important to spend a little more and get some more for your money. Slightly more expensive clothes often tend to last longer, and to look better while you have them. Here are some of the top items of clothing that you should consider spending a little more money on.
Almost all of us wear jeans multiple times per week. If you don’t know what else to wear, jeans are the default option. You can wear smart jeans to a party with an embellished shirt and heels to look chic, you can wear them to yell at a football team for hours from the stands, and you can wear ripped skinny jeans with biker boots to a rock show to look like a badass rocker. It’s important, then, to make sure that you pick the best jeans for you, and that often entails spending a little more money on them. When you’re buying jeans, make sure that you move around while you’re trying them on – make sure you bend over to ensure they don’t slip too low in the back! Low cut jeans and visible underwear are so 2005.
If you pick the right one, your coat can last you through multiple winters. A chic coat in a classic shape and style should be a staple of every woman’s wardrobe. If your style is more classic and elegant, you can go for a navy overcoat that will last you a long time and that will add a little easy stylishness and sophistication to whatever outfit you wear it over, whether it’s a sparkly holiday dress or an old pair of jeans. If you’re a little more casual, spend some money on a good quality khaki parka. Make sure that it’s thick and lined with fleece, or that it’s quilted, so that the heat is kept in all winter and you stay cozy. After all, there’s no point in a winter coat that doesn’t keep you warm – and that’s often the problem with more inexpensive ones.
It is absolutely crucial that you buy a well-fitting bra. If you have pain in your back and shoulders and you have a large bust, chances are that you can improve this simply by investing in a few new bras. Remember that the weight of your chest shouldn’t lay solely on the shoulder straps – if you get a bra that’s the right tightness around the band then that should also do some of the support, meaning that you should be less achy during the day. A lot of women might be a little surprised when they get measured and figure out that they’ve been wearing the wrong size bra for years. Most of the time this is down to wearing a cup that’s too small and a back that’s too big. That means that when you get fitted and buy your new bra in the right size, the smaller band might initially be uncomfortable. However, over time you’ll get used to it and you’ll realise that going to a specialist bra store and spending a little more on your underwear is both time and money well spent when you realise that your silhouette under clothes is so much better than it used to be.
A bag is an investment that you can keep for many years. A lot of women use bags as heirlooms that they can pass down to their daughters one day. Even if you aren’t willing or able to splash out on a designer heirloom bag, it’s still a good idea to try to spend a little more money for a little more quality. Good materials will absolutely make your bag. Choose real leather instead of plastic – if you’re more of a cruelty free girl, check out designers like Stella McCartney. You should also consider what exactly you’re planning to use your handbag for and what you’re planning to carry in it, and purchase a bag from one of the best designers that’s sturdy enough for everyday use.
One of the biggest problems with a lot of winter sweaters is that they’re intensely uncomfortable because they’re itchy. Investing in comfortable, soft sweaters will genuinely make your winter more pleasurable to get through. There’s nothing worse than the feeling of being cold all day in the office, but with air conditioning and the occasional stingy company that doesn’t want to pay heating bills for more than a few hours a day, you might find yourself very chilly by the end of the afternoon. Invest in smart sweaters made from natural materials, and make sure that you layer up. A shirt under a fine knit sweater will be both smart and comfortable. If your workplace is a little more informal you could also invest in a boyfriend cardigan that’s soft and cozy to sling over your clothes so you can stay warm all day long.
A lot of the time, high heels are excruciatingly painful to wear. Even if they feel okay when you slip your feet into them first thing in the morning, it’s a safe bet that the latter half of the day will be spent gritting your teeth and wondering if all that pain means that your shoes are starting to fill up with blood from your poor battered toes. Spending a little more money on your heels is a good idea. Not only will they last longer but they’ll also be more comfortable and cushioned on the balls of your feet, and designed so that you can feel better in them for a longer length of time. If you buy high heels made from natural materials like leather, they’ll form to the shape of your foot more quickly and end up fitting you like a glove.