Splurge vs. Steal...Boots with the Fur

This week I told you all about my nephew starting school and talked about the "back-to-school" fall-clothing-obsessed mentality of the fashion industry, a devoted tribe whose be-all and end-all high holiday happens to be fall fashion week. I shared some of my favorite back-to-school style items, with a very classic, very collegiate, take on the idea- but there's definitely more variations on this idea than ivy league prep alone. I can't even really think about back-to-school style without my brain automatically referencing the epitome of high school fashion films, Clueless. The plaid skirt suits! The candy-colored faux fur! The matching gum! So this edition of Splurge vs. Steal is my own take on a 2013 version of a Cher Horowitz back-to-school ensemble. And, if you can believe it, you don't need a Beverly Hills bank account to look like a "total Betty"- it's true, one of the columns is a whopping $7,085!...but the nearly identical version, head to toe, comes in at only $398! Say what?!

How sharp is your style eye? Can you tell which is the splurge and which is the steal?


Left: Shirt | Jacket | Skirt | Bag | Shoes

Right: Shirt | Jacket | Skirt | Bag | Shoes

"You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet." ~Cher Horowitz