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Invest or save: A cheat sheet for where to spend your dollars

Information verified correct on March 24th, 2017

Let us help you be a savvy shopper this season; find out which pieces to invest in and what you should buy on the cheap.

There are a handful of swoon-worthy pieces you can splurge on with a clear conscience, and we're here to shine the light on them for you. You're welcome. Should you invest in a black leather jacket? Absolutely. What about an expensive cotton blend t-shirt? Forget about it.

Read on for your cheat sheet when deciding what's worthwhile investing in and what you can buy on the cheap.


The pieces to spend big on:

Classic heels

A pair of nude or black classic pumps will never lead you astray. Worn 9-5 in the office, paired with cropped skinny jeans or a cute dress, this is a pair of quality heels you need to invest in and channel your inner Cinderella.

Tony Bianco Leola $179.95
THE ICONIC
Dune Leopard Pony Court Shoe $171.00
ASOS
Guess Plasmas Black $139.95
Styletread

The ultimate LBD

If all else fails - your go-to LBD will be something that comes in handy time and time again. Opt for a dress that is tailored to fit and can be worn across different after dark activities (read: not too short!).

Lover Oasis Pencil Mini Dress $346.50
THE ICONIC
Collection Dress in Austrian Eyelet $398
J. Crew - US
MIYU Snake embossed skater dress $191.40
Ted Baker

Leather boots

Leather boots, need we say more? A trans-seasonal shoe that endeavours to take you wherever you need to go; weekend cruising, date nights, perhaps even to work! Invest in the best so you can stay comfortable and look cool all at once.

MOLLINI Chami Black Leather $219.95
Styletread
KG By Kurt Geiger Strut Leather Heeled Ankle Boot...
ASOS
Django and Juliette Tamila Red $319.95
Styletread

IT-bag

Finding the perfect bag to invest in may take a little time as it'll be by your side every day. Look for a medium sized bag that will match will most of your wardrobe. You need to be able to grab it and go.

ALEXANDER WANG 'Rogue' Tote $1,764.30
Farfetch
SAINT LAURENT Monogram Crossbody Bag $947.34
Farfetch
Rebecca Minkoff MAB Camera Bag $240.47
ShopBop.com

Luxe sweater

Investing in a luxe sweater will carry you through the season, and into the next. A soft cashmere blend or chunky wool knit are often more expensive but are guaranteed to keep you cosy.

Country Road Stepped Hem Knit $179
David Jones
Love Moschino Cashmere Mix Jumper $364
ASOS
Camilla and Marc Turnsole Jumper $380
THE ICONIC

Leather jacket

A must-have in every woman's wardrobe, scout out the leather jacket of your dreams and buy it. This is a piece you'll own forever and looks better the more wear it gets. And if you think about it, if you wear it all the time - the cost per wear is really low! (Totally worth it.)

Leather Biker with Contrast Zip Tape $325.00
ASOS
West 14th Greenwich Street Motor Jacket $447.50
THE ICONIC
Darrel Suede Biker Jacket £229
All Saints

The dream coat

Spend up on the coat of your dreams. You will need a good quality coat to keep you warm during winter, look to navy or camel colours that will look sophisticated and match to most of your wardrobe.

Ministry of Style Alamo Coat $289.95
THE ICONIC
Suncoo Eloi Coat in Herringbone Tweed $329
ASOS
Washed Cotton Trench Coat $210.60
J. Crew - US

What to buy on the cheap

Basics

You can find quality basics from  stores like THE ICONIC, ASOS and Sabo Skirt without spending a fortune. Avoid synthetics as they look cheap and perish easily. ASOS' own label is known for great basics!

The Ultimate Easy T-Shirt 2 Pack $39.00
ASOS
Just a Girl Tee in Grey Marle $35
Showpo
Stripe Slouch Tee $48
Sabo Skirt

Trends

Trends come and go, so don't go spending big on fads that will be out next season. Chances are you'll wear something a handful of times and it'll be all over red rover.

Peace + Love Satin Wrap Playsuit Nude $90.00
Missguided
White Unicorn Bodysuit £5.00
New Look
Jaded X Granted Tank Dress With Drawstring Hem In...
ASOS

Accessories 

With the rise of jewellery chain stores like Lovisa becoming increasingly popular, you can find winning bits of treasure to complete your look on repeat. It's affordable and will keep you on trend.

Black Yin and Yang Choker £3.99
New Look
Oval Semi Precious Ring £10.00
Topshop AU
Valentina Statement Mixed Ring Pack $16.99
Forever New

Sneakers

You don't need a pair of Yeezy's to get in the sneaker crowd. Nike, Puma and adidas have just what you need for a fraction of the cost.

adidas Originals White And Navy Stan Smith Sneake...
ASOS
DAY TRIP Flatform Sneakers $44
ASOS
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Ox $100
THE ICONIC

Top fashion deals:

Free Pouch with Orders $150+

Get free pouch with orders $150+ at Rebecca Minkoff. Conditions Apply

Up to 30% off selected lines

Get up to 30% off selected lines at Ted Baker. Conditions apply.

FREE standard shipping within USA

Receive free standard shipping within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Not valid on international orders or ShopRunner orders. Conditions apply.

Save up to 40% on kids winter coats from The North Face

You can now save up to 40% on kids winter coats from The North Face at Nordstrom. Conditions Apply

47%-69% Off

Get 47%-69% off Women Fashion Sunglasses at SammyDress. Conditions Apply

6% Off Coupon for New Arrival

Get 6% off coupon for new arrival at SammyDress. Conditions Apply

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Up to 50% off selected lines

Enjoy up to 50% off selected lines at Sweaty Betty. Conditions Apply

25% off throughout the store

Get 25% off throughout the store at Debenhams. Conditions Apply

20% off dresses for Autumn Racing season

Simply use the code to get 20% off dresses for Autumn Racing season.

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Up to 50% off women's lingerie + FREE shipping

Get up to 50% off women's lingerie with free shipping at Light In The Box. Conditions apply.

$5 off women's fur coat

Simply use the code to get $5 off women's fur coat at Light In The Box. Conditions apply.

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2 for $20 and 3 for $30 mix and match basics

Get 2 for $20 and 3 for $30 mix and match basics at Supre. Conditions Apply

Save 15% when you spend $70

Save 15% when you spend $70 at Katies. Valid on full price styles only. Excludes sale and special offer items.

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$30 off when you subscribe to newsletter

Sign up to the Birdcage newsletter and get $30 off your first order.

Up to 50% off in the sale

Save up to 50% off in the sale section at THE ICONIC. Stock is limited.

10% off all orders

Get 10% off all orders when you use the code at checkout.

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10% off full priced items

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10% off the original price

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Dresses $32 and under

Shop for elegant dresses for just $32 or less.

40% off select women's styles

Get 40% off select women's styles from Caslon, Halogen and more. While supplies last.

Tops from $9

Save big when you shop for tops from $9 at Missguided.

Denim from $30

Shop for denim from $30 at Missguided.

Up to 75% off clearance items

Shop Boohoo's clearance section and save up to 75% on the regular price.

Doone Roisin

Doone Roisin is the social media butterfly and Fashion Editor at finder.com.au. She's an online shopping enthusiast ready to show you what to buy and how to wear it, the best sales around town and insider tips to make note of.

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