Ask Belle: What to Buy with $250
Jan 7, 2016
My parents usually take us on a short trip for the holidays but this year, they just gave us money. I’ve thought about how I want to spend it, but I was wondering if you have any suggestions for how to spend an extra $250?
I’m a big believer in cost-per-wear: that an item is only a good value if you will use it and wear it regularly. So to spend an unexpected windfall, I recommend that you spend a bit of time thinking about what you wear regularly, anything you think is missing from your wardrobe, and if there are any often-worn pieces that you want to replace with a more expensive, higher quality version.
Here are a few items that I would be looking at for myself based on what I wear most often and what I will continue to wear in the future.
This bag has a classic dome shape, a sleek look, and comes in 17 colors. I chose the grey because grey can be worn with any outfit, and it’s dark enough for winter without being too dark for summer. Other bags to try in this price point include: The Michael Kors Selma satchel (own it, love it, the Kors Hamilton satchel-tote hybrid, and, for something more hip, the Rebecca Minkoff Micro-Reagan satchel.
I love a cool shoe. I own these LR pumps in a different material, but they are surprisingly comfortable. They also have a sleeker look than your average kitten heel.
Other shoes in this price range to consider include the Kate Spade Karolina pumps, the Cole Haan Bethany pumps, or a pair of gently loved Christian Louboutin’s from a re-seller. The Colette pump from J.Crew is also worth a look (their shoes are the only thing I buy there).
When it comes to jewelry, women often wait for relatives or significant others to buy them the ‘good stuff.’ I like to buy myself a nice piece of jewelry when I accomplish something important. That way, every time I wear it, I remember that I can take care of myself.
This Monica Vinader ring is one of my favorites. She also offers the same look in a small round. These 1/4 ct. square diamond earrings from Zales are a pretty option. I also like these $100 vintage Chanel studs from WGACA.
Not into bling? This ring from A Peace Treaty is gold with an ivory inlay, and it.is.so.cool.
These are my picks, because accessories always get a bit more wear than clothing. So what would you spend a spare $250 on, ladies?