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OOTD: Black and Camel Luxe

Shop this look: Danier coat (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Chanel Fall 2017 limited edition bag | Karl Lagerfeld Paris silk scarf (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Chanel brooch | Zara cap | Sam Edelman leopard heels

This outfit is definitely a classic when it comes to Fall and Winter fashion! I received this coat as an early Christmas present, and love it! I have been looking for the perfect one for years, and am so happy I finally have a camel-coloured wool coat! I had a few questions about why I would spend (in this case why Santa 😉 would spend) so much money one a single coat, when I could just get a one for less. Here is the answer: I believe in buying higher quality clothing items for more, that I can wear for 10+ years. As much as I appreciate budget-friendly stores, like Zara for example, continuously buying clothes that are of lower quality and are less expensive ends up costing you more in the long run. Not only is this a huge waste of money, but it is a waste of time (going out shopping and looking for replacement clothes) and it is not ecologically friendly. Clothing that you buy for a reduced priced that are cheap can only be worn a limited number of time before they stretch, fade, and unstitch, and end up in the garbage.

Obviously, being a university student is expensive, and I do not have that much money that I can spend for shopping and fashion. The way I approach shopping is by buying very infrequently and purchasing higher quality items that will last longer. I think I go shopping maybe three times a year, excluding when I find something at Costco. With Costco, they can have some pretty good items, even low-end designer items such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, for AMAZING prices! When I see something, I cannot wait and come back later, as it usually sells out within a few days. When I do go shopping, I do a lot of window shopping and do not usually end up buying anything in stores. I try on pieces that I like, and those that are a success, I add them as a bookmark or add them to my Shoptagr app. When I see that item go on sale, and if I still want it, only then will I make a purchase. As for sales, if it is only 15% off, I do not purchase it. 15% covers the taxes you would be paying for the item, hence does not actually get you a discount on the item price. Therefore, I only take advantage of a sale when it is 20% off or more. I also have a great strategy for online shopping to avoid shipping fees and how to get really good discounts, as seen HERE.

Going back to the coat, it cost Santa* approximately $300, including tax, on sale. I intend on keeping my coat for at least 10 years, so the item cost per year is $30. A similar style coat at Zara goes for $150, and would probably only last me at most 4 years, so the item cost per year is $37.5. It may not look like a huge monetary difference, but it adds up. Moreover, after 4 years, I would have to go look for another coat, wasting time, energy, and more money. Not necessarily money on the coat itself, but gas money or shipping fees, and salary money you would be making if you were at work instead of being busy shopping.

Hope this gives you an insight as to how I shop and proves to be useful for you as well. Enjoy you weekend ❤

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OOTD: Cable Knit + Button Down

Shop this look: Tommy Hilfiger shirt (sold exclusively at Costco; similar here) | Zara button down | Kensie jeans (oos; similar here) | Guess belt (different colour here) | Aldo bag (oos; similar here) | Chanel brooch | pearl earrings

I am loving this look for Fall! It is so preppy and put together, yet can be so casually styled, as seen above with a basic pair of skinny jeans. Conversely, this look could be worn with dress pants or a pencil skirt for a business-style outfit appropriate for the office. I paired this ensemble with pearl accents, as seen by the Chanel brooch, ring, and earrings. Lastly, I decided to wear my burgundy tote, as to give a pop of autumnal colour. In addition, this look is very easy to recreate. Essentially, you could wear any colour cable knit sweater over any colour button down, paired with any bag. The combinations are endless! Let your inner fashionista shine through!