So lately, I've only been stocking up on a few essentials every season, and I've been leaning toward spending a little more on quality items that will last, rather than going for quantity like I used to. Last fall I purchased three new pairs of boots, a bomber jacket and an Anthropologie coat, all of which are still in great condition. But there have been a couple of new fall items I've splurged on lately.
First up, slippers. I gotta have them. In the cooler months, as soon as I get out of bed or come home, slippers are on my feet. Otherwise my feet are freezing. But I always seem to buy really cheap slippers from Target, and they only last a month or two before the bottoms have holes in them. So this year I spent some time actually shopping around. Let me tell you, it is actually really hard to find slippers that are both cute and won't wear through on the bottoms in a matter of weeks (sorry, not an Ugs fan!). But I finally found some cute ones. They look like ballet flats, but are so soft and fluffy on the inside!
I ordered two pairs, and hopefully with the more rugged bottoms of the soles, they will last me at least through the winter, if not longer. I definitely think these were worth spending a little more than I would at Target, for something that will hold up over time. Or at least hold up longer than a month!
Another item that I find myself buying over and over are purses. This is a lesson I seem to keep forgetting, and it's an endless cycle. I buy an inexpensive purse made out of cheap materials, and three months later either the inside lining is ripping, the handles are falling off, or it's basically just starting to fall apart. But then I look at my more expensive purses, like my favorite spring/summer tan colored purse by Guess, and it's lasted me many years without any noticeable wear. So I've finally broken down and actually invested in a new fall/winter purse. I'm hoping that even though initially it's more expensive, it will save me money in the long run, if I'm not having to buy a new cheap purse every few months.
I'm hoping this purse will last me a good long time, and I love the color and simple, classic style. It will go with just about everything! I usually tend to gravitate more toward the look of the satin Coach purses, but I think leather was the right choice, for longevity.
And finally, I picked up a couple of new lightweight sweaters, which will be perfect for the generally mild winter we have around here (and work well as layering pieces for colder days). These are both from one of my new favorite online boutiques that I mentioned earlier this summer, Spool No. 72.
I think with these key new items, I'll be all set for the rest of the year (other than maybe some new tights), since I already have plenty of boots, scarves, skinny jeans and jewel toned sweaters and jackets.
Have you done any shopping yet for the colder months? Are there any key items you're willing to splurge on, that end up lasting longer because of the higher quality?