Let’s face it, fashion is as fickle as the weather. With every new season, we see new trends surfacing while older trends drift off into oblivion only to be resurrected into a modernized version of their original form two decades in the future. When the coolest fad from winter is eclipsed by the next fresh thing of spring, how do we possibly stay abreast of it all? And for the person who loves to stay fashionably en vogue with the ever changing trends, how can it be done without completely breaking the bank?
*This is a sponsored post. This scarf was provided to me for purposes of this publication. As always, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
Say you have caught a glimpse of the next fabulous craze in fashion that has hit the runways and is creating all sorts of buzz among your favorite style icons. You desperately want to join the ranks of the most notoriously on trend street style stars, but your wallet cannot quite accommodate your sartorial desires. After all, the majority of even the most ridiculously stylish people in the world are just regular people who work regular jobs and earn regular incomes. But being regular does not mean that you cannot acquire a street style flair sprinkled gloriously with the luster of the next best thing.
If there is a hot new fashion trend that has really caught your fancy and you want to give it a try without breaking the bank, check out these 4 tips for easily elevating your style to the ranks of the enviable…all while sticking to your fashion budget.
1. Wait it out. I know you are probably dying to get your hands on that designer piece that was just revealed on the runways. But regular people with regular jobs and regular incomes can’t afford the runway designs unless you are willing to sacrifice the other necessities of life, like food and shelter, in exchange for being right on top of the hottest new trend. But I guarantee, you won’t look all that fabulous even donning your stunning designer acquisition if you are starving and homeless. So be patient. It won’t be long until designer knock offs hit the shelves of every major retailer in the world.
*Jeans: Torrid Jeggings – Dark Denim Wash.
2. Shop around before purchasing. When the knock offs find their way to retailers, you will start to notice that many different stores will carry very similar designs of the same trend. Resist the urge to buy the very first piece that you spot at an amazing price. Chances are, a week later, you will see a similar piece that you like better. And believe me, you don’t need multiple pairs of metallic silver booties.
3. Sample small. If it is a trend like velvet or faux fur or Pantone’s Color of the Year and you don’t want to make the investment into a large purchase until you are certain that you really like the trend and will get your money’s worth, start with something small like an accessory. Instead of a velvet moto jacket, try a pair of velvet sneakers. Rather than a faux fur winter coat, maybe a warm scarf in the plush fabric will suit your style and your budget better. Is Ultra Violet not really your color but you want to stay true to your inner fashionista? Perhaps a simple clutch in the vibrant color is just enough.
4. Shop your closet. We already know the fickleness of fashion and the ever changing trends that greet us with each new season. If you are loving a new trend today, chances are that you probably loved it the last time it made its rounds on the runway circuit. Take a peak into the dark depths of your closet and you may just find the perfect thing hiding there. And there is no better feeling than rediscovering that lost treasure of your favorite trend right in your own closet. Adding icing to the cake of your brilliant closet find, you now have the hottest new thing but with a vintage vibe. And everyone knows that vintage is always in style.
So when it comes down to satisfying your fashionista whims while sticking to a budget, remember these tips…wait it out, shop around, sample small, and shop your closet. Happy styling!
Do you have any tips for staying current with the trends without overspending your budget? I would love to hear them in the comments!
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