Spend or Save — Taupe Booties and Quilted Vests

October 19, 2017


Would you spend or save on this fall look?

One of the things that excites me the most about dressing for fall is that I get to wear all of my boots again.  Since it takes my area time to cool down enough to sport knee high and over the knee boots without overheating, I satisfy my craving for boots with booties first. As a blonde haired gal, I’m especially fond of taupe because it’s a lighter neutral than black, yet just as versatile. And a vest is the ideal topper for layering during transitional weather too. The torso keeps you warm, yet your arms are still uncovered so you don’t overheat.

If you’re thinking about adding a pair of booties or quilted vests to your fall wardrobe the first thing you have to decide is if you want to Spend or Save.

Here are the two options:

The Spend look costs an impressive $561.95, with 3 of the 4 items costing well over $100. In fact, here are the exact items and prices for this look.

Spend: Barbour Textured Quilted Vest ($179.00) // Waffle Knit Henley ($65.00) // Distressed Joe’s Jeans ($168.00) // Blondo Ida Waterproof Bootie ($149.95)

For the Save option, none of the pieces are over $100. In fact, 3 of the 4items cost less than $40.00 a piece, bringing the total cost of this look to $180.81.

Save: Textured Quilted Vest ($36.99) // Waffle Knit Henley ($13.88) // Distressed Rockstar Jeans ($39.99) // BP Francine Split Shaft Bootie ($89.95)

I’ve tried on every single item from both options for this look and the biggest difference is the materials themselves. Everything in the Spend option is made with a thicker material, and the booties have a fair amount of cushioning. The Save pieces are the exact opposite, the materials are thinner and there is less cushion and support in the booties.

So how do you pick?

One option is the decide how often you want to wear this outfit, and how long you plan to keep these pieces. I’ll use myself as an example. I live in a 4 season climate and my weather changes roughly every 3 months. This means that this outfit will get at most 3 months of use. That’s only 1/4 of the year! If I don’t plan to sport this look again next fall, I’d pick the Save option. But if I lived in an area where I could use wear this outfit longer, and/or I like everything enough to repeat it again next fall, I’d pick the Spend option.

Interested in more Spend or Save outfits and advice?  Check out these previous posts:

Would you spend or save on this look?

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