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SPLURGE OR STEAL: HOW TO DECIDE TO GO FOR A DUPE OR THE REAL DEAL

November 1, 2018

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I’m all for a curated wardrobe. To invest in pieces that I truly love. And yes, that means that sometimes I’m spending a little more money on an item. However, there are instances when it’s better to save your money and to go for an affordable dupe.

Today I want to show you how I decide when it’s good to splurge and when I can save my money. This is how to decide to go for a splurge or steal:

SPLURGE OR STEAL: HOW TO DECIDE TO GO FOR A DUPE OR THE REAL DEAL | THECHICITALIAN | How I decide to save my money or spend a little more on an item
SPLURGE OR STEAL: HOW TO DECIDE TO GO FOR A DUPE OR THE REAL DEAL | THECHICITALIAN | Wearing my dupe Gucci loafers from Zara

TRENDY ITEMS VS CLASSICS

One of the most important questions to ask yourself is: is this a trendy item or a classic? To me, this is the difference between the two:

• A trendy piece is something that’s a hot commodity right now. An item you see EVERYWHERE. All the bloggers and fashionable women have this item and are flaunting it on the gram. Important to keep in mind is that this item is going to be popular for a short period of time. Two seasons at most because the high street is going to create a perfectly fine dupe after the real deal has gone viral.

• A classic is an item that will stand the test of time. It can be a hot commodity at first or be revived after years but mostly it’s an item you will grab every season. It goes with everything and keeps it value. Think of a Chanel flap bag or a leather jacket.

The number one rule I use is that I only splurge on a classic and save on trendy pieces. Keep in mind that a trendy piece for me can be a classic that fits your style. The Alexander Wang croc embossed tote that I have is a classic for me and a trendy item for someone else. Just like my faux leather moto jacket is a staple but someone else would go for a cropped leather jacket.

It all comes down to knowing what your style is and what’s an item that you will wear time and time again.

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SPLURGE OR STEAL

Here are some other rules I use to decide whether I splurge or save:

Always stay on budget: Your splurge is another persons pocket change. Like I mentioned in this post on how I decide to buy a designer bag, your budget is the best indicator on how much you can splurge.

Trends fade: Spend less money on trendy pieces. However, sometimes the trend is actually your style. If that’s the case, you can drop a little more cash in my opinion. But you need to establish your personal style before you do.

Fabrics: Just like with bags, you can easily decide whether an item is worth it or not. There are a lot of expensive items that are made of the most synthetic fabrics. It’s just not worth it even if it’s super pretty. If it’s a cheap fabric, it’s not worth it. If it’s a rich fabric that needs a lot of upkeep and you’re not going to do it, it’s not worth it.

Don’t buy more than you need: Everyone is guilty of this, even me. But keep in mind that even if you save, it doesn’t mean you need or have to buy more. I know that people go to stores like Primark because they get “more” for the same amount of money. But what do you actually get? A lot of cheap stuff instead of the things you actually want. Even if you’re spending a small amount of money, only get what you want.

Cheap or expensive, always decide to buy something with your personal style in your mind. Or at the very least what you need the item for. It’s always about mindful spending.

SPLURGE OR STEAL: HOW TO DECIDE TO GO FOR A DUPE OR THE REAL DEAL | THECHICITALIAN | Wearing my dupe Gucci loafers from Zara
SPLURGE OR STEAL: HOW TO DECIDE TO GO FOR A DUPE OR THE REAL DEAL | THECHICITALIAN | How I decide to save my money or spend a little more on an item

GO FOR THE DUPE

There are a couple of times I actually went for the dupe instead of the real deal. Most recently the heart eyes sunglasses. I tried the Saint Laurent ones but they were actually too small for my face. I ended up finding the perfect dupe at Catwalk Junkie and they’re were actually what I wanted the sunglasses to be. Plus a fraction of the price. Score!

I also think dupes are a good way to decide if the real deal is something you want to invest money in. That’s why I bought these Gucci loafers lookalikes from Zara. The real deal are around 600 euros. Not something that I would easily drop on a pair of shoes I don’t know for sure if I would wear them. That’s why I got these from Zara, to see if I would ever invest money in a pair.

Another reason to go for the dupes or steals, is to put some fun into your outfits. A quick refreshing of your wardrobe without dropping too much cash. And when you do find the perfect item you want to splurge on, you’ve saved enough cash to invest.

SPLURGE OR STEAL: HOW TO DECIDE TO GO FOR A DUPE OR THE REAL DEAL | THECHICITALIAN | Wearing my dupe Gucci loafers from Zara

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What’s the best steal you have in your collection?

 

xo FG

Photos by Jillian

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