{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


  1. February 1, 2017 / 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

  2. February 2, 2017 / 12:28 am

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

  3. February 2, 2017 / 2:33 am

    I can barely tell the difference!!!

  4. February 2, 2017 / 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

  5. February 2, 2017 / 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!

  6. February 2, 2017 / 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.

  7. Nataly
    February 2, 2017 / 2:44 pm

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

  8. February 2, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Love this editorial look! Looking gorgeous as usual!

  9. February 2, 2017 / 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

    • February 3, 2017 / 3:12 am

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

  10. February 3, 2017 / 12:32 am

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

  11. Ashley
    February 3, 2017 / 3:07 am

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

    xo Ashley

  12. February 3, 2017 / 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.

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  13. February 3, 2017 / 9:09 pm

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

    xo Amanda John

  14. Maria
    February 3, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    You’re drop dead gorgeous!!

  15. February 5, 2017 / 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!!

  16. February 6, 2017 / 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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