Budget-Friendly Wardrobe Staples: Don't Splurge on These Pieces!

Real Style on 03.22.11
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A well-timed splurge can revive your closet, but for everyday staples, there’s no reason to break the bank. Your basics need to fit properly and look great, but they don’t need to cost a lot. Here are five basics that don’t cost a lot but still look great -- and make you look great, too.

T-shirts: A white tee is a wardrobe must-have, but it’s not an investment piece. White tees have a limited shelf life, no matter how much you pay for them. Normal wear and tear leaves them stained, and repeated washing causes pilling. Opt for a less expensive white tee, but make sure it fits properly -- saving money shouldn’t mean compromising on style. Gap has great, relatively inexpensive tees in a nice range of sizes.

Jeans: Sure, you can splurge on jeans, but you can also get a great fit for a lot less. Shop department stores and fast fashion chains for jeans; take good care of them (wash inside out and hang to dry) and they’ll last forever. Or something like that. My favorite skinny jeans come from Old Navy; if my timing is good, I can find them on sale for under $20.00. Score!

Yoga pants: If you’re a mom, you need yoga pants; some days, kid things require pants that are soft and comfy. You want your yoga pants to fit properly, especially through the backside (check the rear view carefully, please) but you shouldn’t have to spend a lot to get that. Target’s C19 line is my favorite.

Day dresses: A dress is so easy for day, and dresses are incredibly versatile. Even a light cotton sundress can be layered for cool weather (add a cardigan or a button-down shirt and a belt). Simple cotton dresses shouldn’t be investment pieces; shop big chains for basic dresses, or scour local consignment and thrift stores for offbeat finds.

Face cream: Drugstore face cream has come a long way in the last decade (remember when the options were Ponds Cold Cream or Noxell?). Skip the makeup counter and head for CVS; look for a face cream targeted to your specific issues. I’m a die-hard Neutrogena fan; right now I’m in love with my Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration Night cream ($13.99 -- a steal!).


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