Readers who have been with me for years will remember my series "Crave or Save" where I rounded up splurge-worthy items alongside their inexpensive alternatives. When I shared some of the pieces I'm planning on purchasing to transition back into "real clothes" earlier this month, many of you wrote into our feedback form to request a reboot of "Crave or Save," with alternatives for some of the pricier pieces I'm investing in. Below, Leslie rounded up affordable alternatives (at a fraction of the cost!) to a few popular investment pieces across fashion, home, and beauty:
Target Criss-Cross Waistband Black Leggings, $34 (compared to $99): Every woman should own a pair of flattering leggings she feels good in—we came across these after being recommended them by several friends!
Free People Ribbed Square-Neck Tank, $30 (compared to $110): Few things are chicer than a ribbed tank and good vintage-inspired denim (we have you covered on those below, too).
Utility Sailor Pants, $19 (compared to $395): This cult-favorite style fortunately has a few look-alikes at a fraction of the cost.
High-Rise Paper Bag Pants, $28 (compared to $465): Paper bag pants are going to be huge this spring, but it might be worth saving on such a trendy item.
Perfect Fit White Tee, $5 (compared to $95): We're willing to pay for a perfect-fitting, go-with-anything white tee. Luckily, this option at Target is as good as any we've tried!
Vintage-Inspired Mom Jeans, $29 (compared to $158): Lauren's Weekday Wardrobe opened our team's eyes to to ASOS' amazing selection of affordable jeans, like these!
Duotone Sweater, $59 (compared to $145): We love how the subtlety of a duotone kicks a classic into something far more interesting.
Black Leather Sandals, $99 (compared to $256): Emily adores these classic black slides, but you can find similar options for less here.
Cotton Track Pants, $24 (compared to $88): Comfy sweats, in a variety of fun colors for under $25.
White Tank with Shoulder Pads (not cropped here), $10 (compared to $75): We all fell in love with the white shoulder-padded tank Tayshia wore on The Bachelor—and this option is just $10!
Oversized Plaid Blazer, $77 (compared to $295): You truly can't go wrong with a classic oversized blazer, but that doesn't mean you have to spend an entire paycheck on one.
Scalloped One Piece Swimsuit, $60 (compared to $300): A new classic in swimwear, now under $100.
Cast Iron Pot, $68 (compared to $370): Our buyer Lisa swears by this alternative to pricier cast iron.
Dipped Ceramic White Vase, $18 (compared to $49): We love this affordable alternative to oftentimes pricey stoneware pottery.
Extremely Hydrating Face Oil, $75 (compared to $185): Leslie, Kelly, and Jess all swear by this hydrating oil from MAELOVE that smells exactly like one of Emily's favorites.
Satin Braided Headband, $10 (compared to $225): A chic headband is a fool-proof way to improve any outfit. We love this option, available at Target for $10.