{Splurge or Steal – Valentine’s Outfit Ideas}

DTKAustin shows you splurge or steal options for Valentine's Day because who wants to break the bank. Need outfit ideas? Click for more.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and no one wants to break the bank with an outfit they might only wear a handful of times. In my latest Austin Woman Magazine column I focused on 2 identical looks, one expensive and one affordable for those who like a real steal! These Splurge or Steals have been my favorite out of all of the Ask Ashley’s I have written for this magazine over the past 4 years. I literally take so much pride in finding completely identical looks; one being on the higher end and one lower. I want readers to look at the side-by-sides and not even be able to tell the difference!

If you have missed some of my other Splurge or Steal articles over the past few years here are a few of my all time favorites –

Fall Capes

Winter Wardrobe

Little Black Dress (this is THE BEST!)

Ok, back to Valentine’s outfits! I recently did a Valentine’s What to Wear post if you’re still in the market for something to wear for date night or Galentine’s with the girls. Even if you’re not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, like me, or aren’t planning anything big you can still dress up for a night in!

My favorite, affordable LBDs – 

DTKAustin shows you splurge or steal options for Valentine's Day because who wants to break the bank. Need outfit ideas? Click for more.Which one is YOUR favorite??

Splurge Outfit Details: $5506 (without tax)

Dress – Carolina Herrera // Pumps – Stuart Weitzman

Clutch – Jimmy Choo // Earrings – Kate Spade

Leather Jacket – IRO


Steal Outfit Details: $410 (without tax)

Dress – NSR // Pumps – BP

Clutch – Glint // Earrings – Cristabelle (Similar HERE)

Jacket – BlackNYC


Photos by Annie Ray // Hair and Make-up by Erica Miles

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    February 1, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I love this comparison look! It’s always nice to know you can recreate a look without breaking the bank.

    Alicia | http://www.betweenthepearls.com

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    February 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    These are my favorite kind of posts!! I am all about finding a great dupe for designer items, so this post made my day!! xo

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    Amy M Loochtan
    February 1, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Love this idea for a post! Great budget find!
    XX, Amy | Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins

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    February 1, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    wow love this idea! I like the hemline in the first dress but other than that they are both so gorgeous!

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    February 1, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Love the steal versus splurge post! You look great in both!

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    February 2, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Love this post idea!! They look almost identical. Love those dresses!

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    February 2, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Wow – you look gorgeous in both! And what a cool feature.


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    February 2, 2017 at 2:33 am

    I can barely tell the difference!!!

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    Ruthie Ridley
    February 2, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Wow, I cannot even tell the difference. You are seriously next level and GOALS! Love this magazine/edit post. so creative!! XO

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    February 2, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Both looks are gorgeous! Love it!


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    Nicole Leffew
    February 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I love these posts! You look so pretty in both looks! Caroline Herrera is one of my favorite designers I love her!

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    Laura B.
    February 2, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Love this post! For me though I can tell the difference in the earrings! Love the Kate Spade ones!

    xo, Laura B.

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    February 2, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    I love both looks, but I more of a budget type of girl! These posts are some of my favorite!

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    February 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I love this post! Both looks are fabulous, but might as well save and look just as chic!


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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses
    February 2, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    I loooove splurge vs save posts,, and you hit the nail on the head -the look are SO similar, but the price difference is crazy!!

    Coming Up Roses

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    Ashley Zeal
    February 2, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Love this editorial look! Looking gorgeous as usual!

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    Mary Powers
    February 2, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    I just love your blog, Ashley! You always have the best content. It inspires me to do more than just boring old outfit posts! This post is right up my alley because I love a bargain. I’m all about the look for less! Hope your recovery is going well!

    – Mary

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      Ashley Hargrove
      February 3, 2017 at 3:12 am

      Awww, thank you so much! You seriously made my day!! 🙂

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    Jessica Sheppard
    February 3, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Omg! This post is amazing! The splurge price is unbelievable…love the steal, so glamorous…that jacket though!

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    February 3, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Girl, I LOVE when you do these posts! I love seeing the comparison of the splurge/steal. So fun!

    xo Ashley

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    February 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    WOW – you did a great job finding dupe pieces! I love the splurge dress but would totally use all the save accessories.

    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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    Amanda Kruse
    February 3, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    You can barely tell they are even different. I don’t think I could ever get myself to spend that much.

    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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    Amanda John
    February 3, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    This post is amazing! I like the “dupe” even more!

    xo Amanda John

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    February 3, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    You’re drop dead gorgeous!!

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    February 5, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Your save or splurge posts are by far my favorite out of any blogger’s I’ve ever seen! Seriously….so good!!

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    February 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Love this!!! Such a cute way to show it– and I love how it’s side by side so you can see the subtle differences!

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