To Save or To Splurge? SAVE, DUH!

Let’s face it: cheaper is cheaper, because it’s not the best quality and it probably won’t stand the test of time.  But I think that’s perfectly acceptable when it comes to buying trendy items that I know I won’t necessarily want to keep until I’m old and gray.  However, when it comes to a good pair of jeans, a nice winter coat, or a timeless pair of heels, I think it’s necessary to fork out a little more dough.

I’m here to show you 5 expensive, trendy, summer accessories that we’d love to get our hands on, can be had–at a lower price.  Can’t beat it!

1. THE LACE BRALETTE

Stella McCartney 'Selma Dancing' Soft Cup Bra

Nordstrom-Stella McCartney ‘Selma Dancing’ Soft Cup Bra

Caterina Lace Bralette

NastyGal-Caterina Lace Bralette

BIG SPENDA [Nordstrom.com $150.00]

vs.

PENNY PINCHER [NastyGal.com $18.00]

For all us ladies that lack in the chesticle region, I personally think this lace bralette is comparable to a little cleavage.  It comes in a ton of colors and looks great peeking out from under a loose fitting tank top during a summertime outting.    

 

2. THE INITIAL NECKLACE

Laura Lee Letter Necklace

Asos-Laura Lee Letter Necklace

Diament Jewelry for Urban Renewal Tiny Letter Necklace

BIG SPENDA [Asos.com $313.95]

vs.

PENNY PINCHER [Urbanoutfitters.com $9.99]

I love these necklaces!  They are simple and can be worn with other necklaces for a chunky, statement necklace effect.

 

3. THE TROPICAL BASEBALL CAP

Deena and Ozzy Tropic Heat 5-Panel Hat

UO-Deena and Ozzy Tropic Heat 5-Panel Hat

Xhilaration Floral Baseball Hat

Target-Xhilaration Floral Baseball Hat

BIG SPENDA [Urbanoutfitters.com $24.00]

vs.

PENNY PINCHER [Target.com $9.99]

Although it’s not insane to spend around $25 for a baseball hat, it just seems silly to do that when you can get it for less.  Personally, I like the white pattern better, but I like the cheaper priced black pattern even more.  Perfect for a day at the pool or as a funky accessory for a day at an amusement park. 

 

4. HALTER BIKINI

Coral Bikini 183.00 Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal-Coral Bikini

Forever 21 23.60

 BIG SPENDA [NastyGal.com $183.00]

vs.

PENNY PINCHER [Forever21.com $23.60]

 I am super weird about tan lines, so I usually opt for the bandeau bikini top or a triangle top with straps I can remove.  HOWEVER, this top is so cute with the 90’s halter vibe, that I need to get my hands on one.  That’s why I’d go for the F21 version and wear it when I’m feelin’ feisty!  

5. THE STUDDED CROSSBODY BAG

House of Harlow 1960 Flat-Stud CrossBody Bag 250.00

UO-House of Harlow 1960 Flat-Stud CrossBody Bag

Forever 21-Bolt Stud Crossbody Bag

Forever 21-Bolt Stud Crossbody Bag

BIG SPENDA [Urbanoutfitters.com $250]

vs.

PENNY PINCHER [Forever21.com $27.80]

These bags are a staple item to jazz up a casual summer date night outfit.  The bags are so similar; even if I had $250 to throw around I would still buy the F21 version!

 

ENJOY!