Where to Spend, Where to Save

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Spend: Bag

Get one in a saturated color that has beautiful hardware, and wear it for years to come. Chloé Darla large leather tote, $2,480; net-a-porter.com#
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Save: Ballet Flats

A more casual shoe calls for a more casual budget. J.Crew Marjorie contrast ballet flats, $98; jcrew.com
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Spend: Heels

Well-made heels give you instant lux, they’ll look better for longer, and and chances are they’ll feel better on your feet. Jimmy Choo Private patent leather sandals, $950; saksfifthavenue.com
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Save: Animal Print

This is a trend that may not last. Do it in something small, like a belt or clutch, to avoid overkill. Ann Taylor Perfect Leopard Clutch, $138; anntaylor.com
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Spend: Gloves

Go for supple leather that will feel wonderful, and get the fit right-no extra room at the tips. Choose a neutral color that goes with most of your coats. Gucci GG Icon Campari gloves, $445; neimanmarcus.com
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Save: Sparkle & Shine

These days, everyone is doing it and doing it well. Go for less important pieces, like embellished t-shirts, instead of major items like coats. Ann Taylor tank with beaded necklace, $38; anntaylor.com
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Spend: Tights

Why? Because they’ll keep there shape and they’ll look brand new even at the end of the season. Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66 tights, $42; wolfordshop.com
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Save: Plaid

Why? Because this is another hot trend this season that we predict will fade fast. Dooney & Bourke tartan large Gwenny tote, $165; dooneyandbourke.com
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Save: Plaid

Whether you spend or save on this pattern, it really all looks the same. We say, save. Plaid coat, $89; talbots.com
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Spend: Boots

You’re a grown up now. A classic boot is an investment, and inexpensive versions never look lux. Jil Sander platform boot, $1,095; barneys.com
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Save: Military

This is a trend that looks best in a funky (read: inexpensive) version. Merona elbow sleeve shirt dress, $25; target.com
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Spend: Statement Coat

Look for rich details, great fabric and a strong silhouette. Diane von Furstenberg Pilton coat, $625; dvf.com
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First Published Fri, 2010-08-13 13:33

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