11 Staples We Can Actually Afford After The Holidays

Illustrated by Chloe Seroussi.
After splurging on rad gifts for our entire fam and closest pals (okay, and maybe ourselves, too), a quick glance at our account balance on December 26 can be a harsh reality check. While our first instinct might be to swear off shopping sprees, morning lattes, and, well, any form of treating ourselves until 2018, we're not in the business of self-deprivation — plus, where's the fun in that?

In lieu of making New Year's resolutions that likely won't stick, we're getting on a realistic post-holiday budget. First order of business? Being smarter about where we're buying the stuff still on our winter wish list. So instead of blowing an entire paycheck on those fancy thigh-high boots we’ve been eyeing, we’re scooping up a pair that’s just as stylish but totally affordable from Primark — along with a handful of other pieces that don’t cost a cent over $35. From raw-hem jeans to patent-leather skirts to quilted puffer coats, the 11 buys ahead will keep us on-trend and our finances under control. Talk about starting the new year off with a bang.

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Our velvet obsession is definitely sticking around long after December.

Primark High-Neck Velvet Dress, $12, available at Primark.
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Florals not your thing? These booties will change your mind.

Primark Embroidered Booties, $24, available at Primark.
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Patent and a metal detail? This might be the mini of our dreams.

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Patent Mini Skirt, $18, available at Primark.
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Finally, a puffer coat that won't hurt our wallet.

Primark Padded Bomber, $35, available at Primark.
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Add a touch of color to your white button-down collection with this embroidered one.

Primark Embroidered White Shirt, $15, available at Primark.
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What's better than your go-to denim jacket? This fuzzy-collared one.

Primark Borg Lined Denim Jacket, $26, available at Primark.
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This blouse works for warm or cold weather just layer a solid turtleneck underneath.

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Gingham Tie-Front Top, $15, available at Primark.
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Chunky-heeled, thigh-high boots that don't cost an entire paycheck? Yes, please.

Primark Over-The-Knee Stack Heel, $32, available at Primark.
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Take this tie-front shirtdress up a notch with mules or dress it down with sneakers.

Primark Tie-Front Shirtdress, $18, available at Primark.
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Proof that the perfect pair of jeans doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.

Primark Frayed Hem Jeans, $19, available at Primark.
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It's never been easier to step into the white bootie trend.

Primark Ankle Boot, $19, available at Primark.
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