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today’s post is completely inspired by my friend Jennifer’s question. and since i’m so excited to talk about this topic, i say we dive right in!

clothes can get really expensive.
and at some point you may have wondered which items are actually worth the extra money.

well, let me help you with that!

here’s a list of 5 items i think are totally worth the extra dineros:

the fabulous handbag

i’m a bit of snob when it comes to this item. if you’re serious about making an effort with your style, then the quality of your handbag should be non-negotiable. a cheap looking bag can take an outfit from a 10 to a 2, in no time flat. so please, invest a good amount of time and money here and select a higher end bag.,0&layer=comp&op_sharpen=0&resMode=sharp2&op_usm=0.7,1.0,0.5,0&fmt=jpeg

sample price: $395
cost per wear if worn 182 days of the year: $2.17

the glam winter coat

although i prefer not to ever have to wear one, NYC winters don’t make that a possibility. so to those of us that have to endure frigid temperatures for 4 months of the year and are forced to wear a winter coat, finding one that is both warm and cute will require a little extra moula.

sample price: $990 (mackage coat pictured)
cost per wear if worn 100 days of the year: $9.90

the sexy black/navy dress pant

how can a dress pant be sexy you ask? well, let me tell you… impeccable tailoring! it’s all in the fit my love, and the brands that spend & invest a lot of time + money studying the art of well fitting clothes have to recoup that cost in the price of the garment.

sample price: $298 (moschino dress pants pictured)
cost per wear if worn 100 days of the year: $2.98

the perfect pair of blue jeans

im pretty sure you know this already, but there’s a world of difference between inexpensive generic jeans and designer brand jeans. quality of fabric and construction just to name a few. but grabbing any designer brand name alone won’t guarantee you the perfect fit. you’ll have to really spend some time trying on several brands before finding the perfect pair. 9 times out of 10, those pair of jeans will cost about $150 and up… don’t let that deter you. proceed to the checkout counter in confidence, cause it will definitely be one of your best purchases. oh and you’ll wear the hell out of those jeans!

sample price: $187 (j. brand jeans pictured)
cost per wear if worn 150 days of the year: $1.25

the go-with-everything pair of heels/boots

one of the items i seem to have the biggest difficulty with is shoes/boots. you see my feet are picky and can’t really handle being in heels for long periods of time (i.e. anything longer than 20mins), and i refuse to sacrifice comfort for the sake of cute shoes… and neither should you. after all, its really not cute to be in shoes you can barely walk in. in addition to comfort, having a pair (or 2; 1 black pair + 1 nude pair) of heels/boots that can be easily paired with almost anything in your wardrobe will prove to be more convenient than you’ll ever know. and btw high end designer shoes/boots last waaaaay longer than cheapy ones.

sample price: $590 (miu miu pair pictured)
cost per wear if worn 100 days of the year: $5.90

paying more upfront for items like these, really does pay off in the long run, and the peace of mind that comes with investing in high quality pieces that not only look good but feel good also, allows you to wear items confidently.

is there a big ticket item you’ve been eyeing but afraid to bite the bullet on? lets talk about it below and maybe i can help answer any questions you have ;)



stylishly yours,


Comments (3)


  1. Azure says:

    Great post, thank you! I am in the market for a new pair of jeans, but I am stuck in a rut. I always end up with Gap, because they seem to fit me the best. What are some other higher end brands other than J. Brand that you recommend? (I prefer low-rise because I am short waisted.) Thx!

    • Elsa says:

      hi Azure! i highly recommend Current/Elliot and Rag&Bone. they do great cuts and usually have an option in the very thin denim which feels like butter on the skin :)

  2. Charlie Diaz says:

    At first, I really wanted a pair of red bootcut jeans, and NOT skinnies. But I changed my mind when I ran into the perfect pair of coral skinnies on sale, which you’ve seen me wear here and here . We don’t have hot Summers so wearing jeans in fun colours makes for a covered, yet Summery solution. I will be very tempted if I bump into a perfect citron pair.

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