For whatever reason, we feel the need to justify our designer purchases with phrases like, "It only cost me [fill in the blank]," or "But, there was an amazing sale." Or, our favorite, the "I just had to have it" spiel. Though, oftentimes this is more for our own peace of mind than for those we're giving excuses to.
Well, listen up, spendthrifts: We may have found the best rationale yet. The key is to splurge wisely on wares that'll really go the distance this season — and we selected five that'll run the whole marathon if you let them.
Say you've been eyeing that trapezoidal Phillip Lim tote and mint-green Tibi coat for weeks now. (We, too, are guilty as charged.) Here's your next move: In the slideshow ahead, we styled these high-fashion pieces and more with affordable outfits — every other item in each look is under $100 — to help maintain balance in your budget. And, ward off buyer's remorse. Yep, so worth it.