First Person: 3 Spring Clothing Staples That Are Worth the Splurge

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According to, American households spent an estimated $121 a month on clothing in 2011. Of that $121, $59 is said to have been spent on women's clothing.

I'm very budget-conscious, so I don't like spending a lot of money on clothing, but I tend to splurge on staple pieces because they will last me multiple seasons. Now that spring has officially arrived (even if the temperatures outside don't reflect that fact), I've decided to rebuild my spring wardrobe. I still have a lot of my clothes from last spring, but I needed to replace some of my staple pieces for a fresh, new look.

Here are three clothing and accessories staples I'm splurged on this spring, and how much they cost me.


I buy "bottoms" as one of my staple pieces for every season. This year skirts are really popular for spring, so that's what I chose to spend my money on. A few weeks ago my favorite online clothing store had their skirts on sale, so I stocked up. I managed to get three $40 skirts in three trendy styles for $60. That may not seem like a lot to some people, but it's definitely a splurge for me. I justify the expense because they will last me a while, and I still saved 50% off the retail price.


Every spring I get caught out in rain showers because I never carry an umbrella, so I decided to invest in another popular spring staple; a raincoat. I'm not a big fan of wearing coats, but it's the best solution to my issue. I went with a classic raincoat design, which means it won't go out of style, so I can wear it for years to come. My raincoat retails for $125, but I used a coupon and only paid $85. That means I saved $40 on this staple piece.


I'm a huge fan of shoes, but I don't like wasting money on them. Most of the time, I'm a sneakers girl, but sandals are better suited for spring and summer weather. I usually buy cheap trendy sandals that only last one season, but this year I splurged on some high-end brands. Not long ago I ordered two pairs of sandals from an online shoe shop in neutral colors. Each pair cost me $35, so I spent $70 for both pairs. Since they are neutral colors they will match any outfit I wear, and because they are better quality they will last me a few years.

All told, I spent $195 buying staple pieces for my spring wardrobe, which is a lot of money for me. I'm hopeful that splurging for higher quality pieces I'll save money in the long run.

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