Point to consider: Quality
When you splurge on an item, you typically get a higher-quality piece that will last longer, making the cost per wear ratio lower. This is not always the case though, so when I'm thinking of splurging on an item, I research the quality and longevity of the piece, to ensure I'm not really paying for a designer name. If the quality goes up proportionately to the price tag, I say splurge, but if the quality isn't significantly better, then I lean towards the side of save.
Point to consider: Longevity
Is the item I'm debating a 'closet-staple' that I'll be wearing for years to come or more of a 'trend' item? If the answer is trend, I always say save. Trend items are not a time I can afford to splurge. You have to consider your cost per wear ratio when buying an expensive piece. For example, a year later, do you see yourself still loving and using this piece? If not, I would consider going with the save piece.
Point to consider: Design
How good is this alternative? Sometimes we get lucky and find a nearly identical alternative to a more expensive piece, but sometimes the cheaper version just isn't on the mark. I always consider how much more I love the expensive piece over the cheaper alternative because if I buy the cheaper item, then end up not liking it in a few weeks, the choice to save ends up being more of a waste of money than if I would have splurged in the first place.
So now to the ankle boots. I've been lusting after these Rag & Bone Booties for nearly 2 years, but haven't been able to justify pulling the trigger on them. My experience with Rag & Bone has been impeccable, but $495 is a whole lot to spend on a single pair of boots. I saw these Dolce Vita beauties over at Need Supply co. and about fell out of my chair with excitement. My experience with Dolce Vita shoes thus far has been excellent. The quality of the pieces I own are very good, especially when compared to the price and how long they have held up. The design of the boot is nearly identical to it's more expensive Rag & Bone counterpart. Added bonus, Dolce Vita is much more likely than Rag & Bone to go on sale, bringing the price down even more if you're willing to wait until later in the season. Looks like my decision has been made. The winner for me - SAVE.
On a side note, I've decided to make this a recurring post! Check back for more juicy finds.
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Dolce Vita Hilary Ankle Boot