Today's Everyday Fashion: Is It Really a Good Deal?

Fringe poncho, fringe booties
Fringe poncho, wide brim fedora
Fringe poncho, fringe booties
Fringe poncho, wide brim fedora

I used to only buy things that were $10. For me, the goal was not to be the best-dressed in the room, but to be the outfit that cost the least! But after awhile I realized that this strategy was not quite working for me. I found that buying by price often meant I didn't truly love the item, it didn't quite fit, had a defect, or would be low quality and ruined in one wash. These days I am much more willing to spend more to get something I really like and will wear for years. There is a part of me that will always love getting a good deal, but a good deal also means you were willing to pay much more for it. Today's look is a great example, because Hudson jeans have been on my wish list for several years now. They retail for $180 for a pair, I was willing to pay about $120, but recently discovered that Nordstrom Rack online sells them for only $80. Score! The sweater is another good example - it's $10 - which initially concerned me. "Is that the only reason I want this?" I wondered. But even before I saw the price tag, I was willing to pay at least $40 for it, and plan to use a steam clean/Dryel to prolong it's life for many years to come. When it comes to getting a good deal, my outlook now is that it's all about balance!

Sweater: Ross c/o, $9.99 (similar below)
Jeans: Hudson/Nordstrom Rack, $79 (similarsimilar)
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $270 (similar)
Boots: Shoebuy c/o, $50 (similar, similar, similar)
Hat: Magnolia Boutique c/o, $13
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Purse is 3 years ago. Jeans, boots and hat are recent. Sweater is new.

Fringe ponchos on a budget