Designer Fashion: Splurge vs. Save

This just in – you don’t have to break the bank to look glamorous these days. When building the perfect wardrobe, you can choose to invest in designer pieces or opt for the inexpensive route. We tend to have a bit of both in our closets:

The Classic Trench Coat
Splurge:  Burberry Short Cotton Gabardine Trench Coat, $1,995
Who doesn’t swoon over a classic Burberry coat? Burberry has been perfecting these designs since 1856. The trench is double breasted with gabardine fabric to prevent damage from rain or snow.
Save: Tory Burch Warren Coat in Sand, $166 on Tradesy!
The Tory Burch coat gives you the same look as a trench, with similar side pockets and waist-hugging belt. The center ruffle is an added embellishment that makes up for the lack of signature Burberry-style buttons.

The Party Dress

Splurge: Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Dress, $325.
This versatile lace dress adds a romantic flare to the little black dress. The sheer, three quarter length sleeves make it modest yet sexy (yes, you can achieve that) for just about any occasion.
Save: Alice + Olivia Dandi Lace Open Dress, $200 on Tradesy.
Yes, that’s Alice+Olivia for less than half of retail. The dress offers the same silhouette and lace overlay with a few adjustments like a more classic boatneck style and longer length.

The Skinny Jean
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Splurge: J Brand Jeans 8112 Mid Rise Rail in Atlantis, $172.
These J Brand jeans come in a dark wash and stretch that have a slimming effect.
Save: H&M Skinny Regular Jean, $40, or $12 on Tradesy.
When looking for jeans that cost less but still have a great fit, there’s H&M. Their look-alike skinnies are a fraction of the price.

The Ankle Boot
Splurge: Rag & Bone Kinsey Boot, $595.
Celebs everywhere sport Rag & Bone ankle because they’re the perfect casual boot to pair with jeans or short dresses. These booties have grained leather and a three and a half inch heel.
Save: Van Eli Ankle Boot, $39 on Tradesy.
The differences between the Rag & Bone and Van Eli shrink when you see the hefty price difference. You can get this or other chic black ankle boots on Tradesy too.

The Classic Chanel Bag
Splurge: Chanel Medium Classic Flap Bag, $4900.
The right designer handbag is an investment that can be worn with any combination in your wardrobe. This classic Chanel bag is a beautiful, quilted lambskin.
Save: Chanel Crossbody Bag, $1650 on Tradesy.
For a fraction of the price, you can score your own bag right here on Tradesy — this authentic Chanel features the same crossbody look and is less than half the price of a new bag at retail.

Which of these will you splurge and which will you save on? Share your picks with us!

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