Winter clothing: Spend or save?
Winter clothing is a lot more expensive than summer duds, which can be a bummer. Unlike flimsy flip flops and cotton tank tops that cost next to nothing, jackets need high-quality fabric and boots are made of pricey leather. But where can you save when putting together your winter wardrobe? We've listed the items you should splurge on and save on this season.
Go ahead and spend
The best leather jackets might cost $500 or more, but it's definitely worth the investment. Even the most untrained eye for fashion can spot a pleather jacket wannabe, and that's not a good thing. Plus, leather wears well with age, so you know your purchase will last for years to come. When looking for a timeless leather jacket, try to stay neutral and away from trends. But because you're spending so much money, it's nice to have an extra special touch, like this embellished leather motorcycle jacket from Free People ($798).
When looking for boots, it's important to keep function in mind. If you live in the snow, you don't want materials that can seep through to your socks, and if you live somewhere icy, you don't want to wear heels that will slip on the sidewalk. Look for boots that are stylish and practical. Companies like Hunter are starting to roll out more and more of these looks this winter. We're especially in love with these rubber and canvas lace-up boots ($150).
Cashmere wool is gorgeous and it keeps you warm without having to pile on the layers, but it comes at a cost. In the U.S, fibers have to pass three standards before they can be officially labeled as cashmere. Fork over a little extra for a good cashmere sweater and you can wear it all winter with different accessories, shoes and handbags. J.Crew always has a chic selection, including this classic cable cashmere sweater ($228).
Save your cash
Let's be honest -- scarves can be found just about anywhere, and with a busy life you don't want to risk leaving an expensive one behind in a restaurant or dropping one in a mud puddle. Find great scarves at discount retailers like Shoparatti.com, Burlington Coat Factory or Forever21.
Matching your purse to the season is always a fun way to keep you looking your best from head to toe. A handbag is an extension of your personality, but we change our minds all the time. Since you'll only be using this purse for a maximum of five months, save some money and get something like this fleece bag from PacSun ($33). It's super cute and you'll have money left over to put in it.
It's a myth that you can't find attractive fur without spending thousands. Faux fur has come a long way. Faux fur vests allow you to embrace this winter trend without harming a critter. Plus it will keep you cozy while you get hounded by strangers with compliments. Try this BKE Faux fur and fringe vest from Buckle ($37).
This season is all about leggings with a little more umph. Corduroy, lace and cableknit leggings are hot, hot, hot! It may seem ridiculous to pay $80 for a pair of leggings when everyone knows they can buy a plain pair of leggings for less than $5. And they're right! By just putting in a little effort, you can find fabulous leggings for great prices. We're obsessed with these velvet Esprit leggings, and they're only $42!