As much as I love a great deal, I also love certain brand-name things. I can appreciate tops from Target and shoes from Old Navy, but sometimes there is nothing like the real thing (read: leather, silk, etc.). It can be difficult to decide what is worth spending on, and what you should save your money on. My rule of thumb is to buy classics and necessities that are of a better quality, and trendy pieces that you might not want in a year can be more inexpensive. See my favorite brand names to splurge on.
AVIATOR // WAYFARER // CLUBMASTER // ERIKA
Sunglasses are so necessary when the sun finally decides to show itself again. I spent years and years buying inexpensive sunnies, enjoying picking out new shapes and sizes to try out on my round face. However after splurging on my first pair of Ray-Bans, I knew I had hit the jackpot. There’s nothing like a perfect pair of frames to accentuate your features, and it’s nice to have a pair of shades that you know won’t lose a screw or snap in half easily. Ray-Bans aren’t a classic for nothing! Each of the above pairs start around $150, except for the Erika which starts at $115. You can look around Amazon or Overstock for a deal.
RAIN BOOTS: HUNTER
If you’ve never owned a cheap pair of rain boots, you’ve never experienced the unfortunate leaking experience that leads to cold, wet feet and stinky boots. In college I had a pair that I bought from a boutique store, and shortly after purchasing, the lining came apart and I had to trudge around campus in wet shoes. This is not an experience I wish to repeat – enter Hunter. There’s a reason that these are the go-to rain boot! If you want a great pair that will last through rain and snow, these are your best bet. These cost about $148, but certain sizes and colors go on sale on the site from time to time, as well as on 6pm or Amazon!
MULTI-USE PANTS: J.CREW
PIXIE // LEATHER STRIPE // LEATHER PANELS // SUEDE PANELS
Following my blog, you’ve probably heard me speak of the wonders of the J.Crew pixie pant. They work as leggings for your comfy days, but dress up just as easily with a button-down and a blazer. I wear them to sleep, to work, to play and everything in between. They are definitely on the expensive side, but I have a few pairs that I’ve had for over a year and there is no pilling or wear to speak of. They start at $98, but a pair with leather or suede will set you back a bit more.
HANDBAGS: KATE SPADE NEW YORK
Obviously there are a ton of high-quality brands for bags, but I can swear by Kate Spade for its amazing deals and wonderful value. The bag I bought last year at the Surprise Sale has taken quite a beating due to how often I travel and commute, but I can honestly say it still looks like it’s in mint condition. (To help this, I do use the leather cleaner and conditioner about once a month on my pieces!) The prices vary greatly – I highly suggest checking out the Surprise Sales when they come around, but the website’s sale section isn’t bad, either!
KATE SPADE DOTS // LEOPARD POINTER // METALLIC // BERRY
I’ve been wearing Keds for years – it started with a restaurant job requiring black shoes (and I was hoping for a pair that wasn’t hideous), and continued through the years with varying styles and patterns. It didn’t hurt that Marissa Cooper wore them on The OC, and that further inspired my love for them. Nowadays, I love having them to throw on at a moments notice when I want a pair of shoes that are both comfy and cute. That pair I got years ago is still holding up, with a bit of wear to improve their vintage look. (Plus both Kate Spade and Taylor Swift designed collections, so you know they’ll be adorable.) The sale section on the Keds site is outstanding for great deals.