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Splurge vs. steal: How to get the hottest winter fashion for less

My name is Samantha and I write a Chicago-based fashion + lifestyle blog called Gold Coast Girl.  I created this blog as a creative outlet for me to express my love for all things related to fashionfoodfitnesshome decor, and beauty...

Finding those winter staples without having to stress about price tags is the best way to update your wardrobe for any season.

Photo credit: Vanessa Rodriguez/ Stylishlyme; Splash News/WhoWhatWear; TopShelf Clothes

Plaid

As seen on: Mary Kate Olsen, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba.

Why I need them: Plaid is always a must. It is such a classic pattern that pairs well with denim and neutrals. It is always fun mixing and matching colors, as well as playing with dimension.

What I saved: $248 saved by the thrift.

What I gained: Built in softness, character and vintage styles.

What to look for when thrifting: Make sure to check for holes, broken buttons, and loose threads. All can be fixed, but it better be built into the price.

Wide brim hats

As seen on: Olivia Palermo, Kourtney Kardashian and Beyonce.

Why I need them: You can keep your head warm through the winter months, as well as look stylish at the same time!

What I saved: $58 saved by the thrift.

What I gained: Huge array of hat selections, broader color palette, hats add mystery and always tell a story. I like that mine has an added allure and a cute embellished chain surrounding it.

What to look for when thrifting: Hats are great thrift buys because older ones are usually made of quality materials and are able to maintain integrity over the years.

Ankle booties

As seen on: Rachel Zoe, Alexa Chung and Katie Holmes.

Why I need them: They wear well with skinny jeans, leggings, skirts and dresses. The shorter style is more modern than the average tall boot, and the more embellishments, the better!

What I saved: $276 saved by the thrift.

What I gained: Boots should look broken in; thrifting means someone else has done the work already, and leather is tough so usually thrift boots are in good shape and soles, if distressed, are easy to replace.

What to look for when thrifting: Water marks and discolorations can be hard to remove; make sure you love the spots on your shoes at purchase.

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Savers and SheKnows.

Photo credit: WENN

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