Us Weekly’s So Called “Splurge Vs. Save” & The Right Way to Get a Deal

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A recent Splurge Vs. Save in Us Weekly left the Broke & Chic team mad and discouraged. The splurge items started at $590, and yet all the save items were expensive as well — the most expensive being a whopping $138!

I’m sorry, but spending $138 on a simple summer dress is a splurge to me, and, in this day and age, is likely for you as well.

Fashion and style don’t have to equal credit card debt. You often pay more for an item simply based on the name printed on the inside and not quality. So, despite what Us Weekly says, there are quality items out there that won’t break the bank. Broke & Chic is here to show you how to get all these items for far less than these so called steals.

The Broke & Chic Way

Instead of spending $134 on the Elise Pink and Black Scallop dress, just stop into your local h&m to purchase this beautiful pastel pink dress for only $49.95. That’s $84 less than Us Weekly’s so called steal!

If you love the color blocking on Victoria Beckham’s dress,  just add a black peter pan collar like this one from Etsy for only $25!

 

Both the Kenneth Jay Lane and C. Wonder bamboo bangles are beautiful. However, to get the desired look you’re going to have to buy at least five bangles. That multiplied by the $24 steal is $120! That’s way too much for something that isn’t going to be a part of your everyday wardrobe. Try either one of these bangle sets from your local Forever 21 instead. Three bracelets only cost $6.80.

 

Us Weekly is right, bright bags are in this season and you should totally jump on board; just not for $78, let alone $590. Try this adorable yellow satchel from Yes Style for only $35 instead.

The Navajo inspired skinny jeans have a fun look. Just not fun enough to spend $660 or $138. You’re better off wearing your favorite pair of white jeans and pairing them with a Navajo inspired shirt or sweater instead. That way you’re not spending too much on something you can only wear once in a while. If you just have to have a pair, try these ones from River Island for $80.

What do you personally think of Us Weekly’s definition of a save item? Let us know in the comments below! Also, do you have any steals to share?

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Trend Alert: Are Flare Jeans Coming Back?

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Victoria Beckham was recently spotted wearing dark wash bootcut jeans. Believe it or not, she rocked them!

Flare and bootcut jeans have been taking a vacation in our bottom drawer for about five years now — that’s a long time! Since then, skinny jeans have really stepped up to the plate, becoming our our go-to pair. Not only do skinnies flatter most figures, they actually highlight the awesome shoes we wear, while flares have always hidden our rockin’ heels and adorable flats.

So is it okay for them to come back? I think this resurge is all on us! Are we going to follow in Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes’s footsteps? Or are we going to keep that pair of flares under our beds for a few more seasons?

Does age have anything to do with it?

Flare and bootcut jeans have never permanently left the closets of Katie Holmes (33), Jennifer Aniston (43) or Victoria (37). In the fashion world, this suggests that the 30+ crowd can rock them, while the 15-30 crowd can’t. That said, Disney star Vanessa Hudgens hasn’t really stopped wearing flare jeans either.

What do you Like More?

Katie in flare jeans or skinny jeans?

Vanessa in flare jeans or skinny jeans?

A guy friend of mine, who recently turned 21, told his mom she was wearing “out dated” jeans. An e-mail session began:

They are not waaay flared, just medium.   I just bought them from Banana Republic and love the way they fit.  Am I wearing OUTDATED jeans?

My response? No! It can take years to find that perfect pair that fits you in all the right places. If you love how your jeans fit, wear them!

Conclusion

In NY, the fashion capital of the world, I’ve made an effort to pay more attention to what people were wearing these past few days. So far, I haven’t noticed anyone wearing jeans other than the skinny variety…except for tourists. But the thing is, they didn’t just wear a cute outfit that happened to include flares. It was awful. Picture flare jeans, running sneakers, an “I ♥ NY” t-shirt and an LL Bean backpack.

To flare or not to flare is a messy question, and really doesn’t have one solid answer; it just has rules. If you never really gave up your flare/bootcut jeans, then it’s time. Stop at your local Forever 21 or Old Navy and snag a pair of affordable skinnies. If you’ve been wearing skinnies, then don’t be afraid to play around with other types of jeans: bootcut, flares, boyfriend, wide leg, high waisted. Just have fun and mix it up like Katie and Vanessa! Keep in mind that fashion is always repeating itself.

Rules

1. Stick to the dark wash variety.

2. Wear bootcut jeans — avoid the flare’s for a little while longer.

3. Always wear some sort of heel with them. Flats and sneakers will give you a 1999 look.

4. Try and wear a dressier top. If you’re in a t-shirt mood just accessorize with a statement necklace and a blazer.

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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We Love: Victoria Beckham in Madame Figaro

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Victoria Beckham graced the cover of French magazine Madame Figaro this month in a beautiful vintage inspired bathing suit.

Victoria can do no wrong in the fashion world. Always classy, fashionable and put together! This stiletto wearing mom of four is on her way to being a style icon, move over Jackie O!

You’ll never see me on the street in a tracksuit. I just love fashion too much to wear a tracksuit! The same goes for Ugg boots. I only wear them at home.

What do you think of Victoria’s chic and retro style for Madame Figaro? If you love it, check out ModCloth to affordably steal her style!

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