I LOVE style and fashion, I think that’s pretty blatantly obvious from my blog but back in the day I often used to flip through the pages of Vogue and InStyle and think that chic style was unattainable if you didn’t have a huge budget. I do most of my clothing shopping, now, online: it’salways cheaper, the clothing is well-made and always affordable. Style is always subjective and what may be stylish and chic to me, may be boring and bland to someone who loves bright coloured clothing with bold prints and lots of texture. But there is one thing that’s generally true: following trends is expensive whether you shop in affordable stores or not as you are constantly having to keep up with ever-changing fashion landscapes which means constantly buying up-to-the-minute clothing and accessories. If you don’t necessarily care whether you look “on trend” 24/7 however, it can be affordable to get great looks that will always be in style.
Shop around: you don’t have to always buy the first item you see without thinking about the price-tag. Put it in your cart or make a mental note of the store where you found it and keep looking. Chances are you’ll find something better or really similar at a better price and you’ll avoid buyer’s remorse.
Re-purpose your current closet items: look at items you already have in your closet that you can re-purpose for a totally different look. This sweater I’m wearing is actually a sweater dress but I couldn’t find a sweater that looked like what I wanted so instead, I took the dress and tucked the hem in to my trousers folding the rest back over to create that cozy, slightly loose-fitting sweater.
Don’t shop for the trends: I’m sorry but Trends are always going to be expensive to keep up with even if you’re shopping at Mall stores because the trends change so quickly and then chances are, that item you just bought, you won’t wear again after a month. Stick to things that will transcend trends and always be something you want to wear, things that you can wear again and again in different ways to create totally different looks.
Use a statement piece: This bag in these photos is a good example of a statement piece. I bought it from Aldo a year ago and while I’m sure you could classify this as a “trend piece” I still wear it all the time. I love the 3D flowers and the colour and it’s a good size. It also can really bring life to an otherwise plain look.