What I Wore:
Tank: Target - $12
Jeans: Target - $15
Scarf: Target - $15
Belt: From a pair of shorts
Shoes: Target - $30
Cardigan: Banana Republic - $50
Earrings: Souvenir from CO - $15
Last fall and winter, I found myself wearing my Target yellow cardigan quite a bit. I wore it until there were holes in the pits and the seams were completely coming apart. Thus, I began my search for a new yellow long-sleeve cardigan (preferably one that would last longer). I actually received a reimbursement from my school for a business trip I took in February. It was money I would have spent anyway, so I earmarked that money to get a couple cornerstone pieces for my wardrobe and replace two of my over-worn Target cardigans. I bought this yellow cardigan and a pink cardigan from J. Crew, and still had a little left over, so it truthfully didn't affect my budget for that month. You've seen both of them, but I don't think I ever explained that those items are probably more of an anomaly as far as the prices go--and I almost feel a little guilty wearing them on my blog.
(As you can tell, I'm also guilty of breaking down and getting this version of the tank I already have in the pink stripes. If you find something you like and it works...and you can think of at least five ways you'd wear it....and it's $12, I say just get it. Even if you're in a semi-shopping-restriction time... I've still got a lot of new-ish things I haven't worn yet, so I promise I'll be really good from now on! Or I promise to try to be...)
(sorry for the really long parenthetical--I think I'm finished now)
While I'm all for getting a bargain, this blog has really helped me to realize what's worth spending a little more on in order to make my closet more mixable and versatile.
Do you have any items in your closet that you consider an investment?