Tricky trends: Get a fashionable wardrobe without splurging!

We all want to lead a stylish life, looking elegant, but without going bankrupt!

Mimi Raad

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With trends evolving at such a quick pace, it’s not easy to follow up all the times. We might feel “passé” when failing to catch up with them. But I have news for you. Trends as their name indicate, are ephemeral. Very few resist and make it through a few more seasons. I know women who actually stress out if they are missing out on the latest trends and not being part of the gang of fashionistas who heavily Instagraming them.

We all want to lead a stylish life, looking elegant, but without going bankrupt!

When we find outrageous prices for certain items, costing a lot more than we should be spending, how should we behave? What is the right attitude? How do we know if this piece has to be in your closet or not?

Impulse buyer?

The secret is in controlling our impulses, imposing a budget per month for our sartorial spending. This is easier said than done, but it’s worth trying and I promise you’ll feel less stressed out and frustrated.

Remember trends come and go, style is eternal!

Touches of style

Only a few trendy pieces are enough to modernize and actualize your wardrobe. Integrating these items and incorporating them to your outfits will create your own personal style and give a cool touch to your look.

For every five fast fashion purchases buy one investment piece. It’s so easy to be tempted to buy everything you see in fast-fashion stores, but you will end up having a wardrobe full of clothes you will get bored of, and most probably these pieces won’t look good after few washes. So spending almost the same amount on one piece in elevated stores than on few pieces in more affordable ones, is absolutely the right thing to do.

When shopping for trendy items, always keep in mind you can live without them. Buy only pieces that work with your personal style and not because it’s trendy! Try to do a quick mental exercise: How would I wear this piece? With what will I team it? Do I have the items that go with it to complete the look?

And if it really works on you, you'll be investing in the purchase for a longer time, regardless if it’s still trendy or not.

Statement pieces

Now, when it comes to statement pieces, it's most likely you might be splurging on them. For that reason, before getting excited about them, think how many ways you can wear them. If you can only wear an item one way, it’s not worth buying.

Versatility is a key word in styling. The more outfit ideas you can come up with, the more you’ll be happy about your purchase and won’t regret it.

A third item

I always recommend to add a third piece to your outfit to give it that je-ne-sais-quoi that makes an outfit stylish and not just worn blandly. The third piece could be a biker jacket worn over a skinny denim and a tee or simply a scarf.

This third item has to elevate the look and be a signature staple in your style. Invest in it as it’ll be recurrent in your various looks.

When in doubt, it’s much easier to rely on your basics rather than all these trendy pieces. Basics can be repeated, as much as you want as long as their shape holds properly and their color is still fresh. Being creative and stylish is not about amassing every trendy piece that is likely to pop up every few weeks; it is simply about appropriating these pieces and incorporating them in your looks subtly and stylishly.