Mixing Steep & Cheap

Go steep or go cheap? When choosing the building blocks of your wardrobe, go steep. Think of pieces that will be in your closet ten years from now (a tailored black blazer, a classic leather bag, a nude peeptoe pump) and give yourself permission to buy the best. They are an investment in style. However, when chasing the trends, it’s best to go cheap. This season pick up a printed skinny jean, a fun striped sweater, and a sparkly pair of chandelier earrings. These trends last a season or two, so don’t go broke buying them. Mix your cheap trends with your steep staples for savvy style.

1. Giuseppe Zanotti Mesh Open Toe Platform Pumps ($750)
With their classic lines and wear-with-all versatility, nude pumps are a smart splurge. Invest in a pair that are sultry and sophisticated, like these Giuseppe Zanotti’s. Their mesh sides, sky high stilettos and open toes will be sexy for seasons to come.

2. Derek Lam Small Anthea Bag ($1690)
Ten years ago or ten years in the future, a classic structured bag like this Derek Lam is a must-have. You’ll take it to the office or to brunch, out for cocktails and away for the weekend. Its ageless class comes from black pebbled leather, antiqued brass hardware, a trim handle and a detachable, adjustable shoulder strap.

3. DSQUARED2 Patch Pocket Blazer ($1540)
Borrowed from the boys, menswear-inspired blazers are a timeless treasure. Splurge on one that is well-tailored, with timeless lines. DSQUARED2 makes their fantastic wool jacket with all the must-have details: a notched collar, a single-button closure, a welt bust pocket, vent at back and 3-button cuffs. Pair with your favorite pieces year round.

4. J Brand Snow Leopard Super Skinny Mid Rise Jeans ($146)
Trendy like the Kardashians, a printed skinny is an of-the-moment trend for Spring 2012. These leopard-print skinnies are a fun trend to mix with your timeless treasures. Stretch denim, super skinny legs and faux pockets give a flawless silhouette.

5. Rosena Sammi Jewelry Small Chandelier Earrings ($45)
Cheap trick. Mix your statement jewelry pieces with trend jewelry for the perfect blend of steep and cheap. These fun dangly chandelier earrings are a simple way to give your wardrobe a dose of trend. Gold-plated earrings with painted clay accents and metal beads.

6. Splendid Almond Stripe Top ($68)
Color is often trend, as with this eye-popping striped sweater. Red verging on trendy tangerine, these bold stripes add trend without tapping your bank account. V-neck with shirttail hem, elbow-length dolman sleeves and semi-sheer fabrication.