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Know all those times people are like, describe your style, and you start rambling on about favorite brands, trends, blah blah blah and then come out with…”I’m not into trends…I like things that last forever.”
Yep. That’s me. That’s how you justify spending $180 on a Lilly shift, or $90 on that pair of beaded tassels (more on this). Anyway…it’s true. I typically enjoy buying items that stand the test of time and can be worn year in and out without looking out-dated. That being said, there’s a way to do it. Leggo.
Steps for curating a classic, trendy wardrobe.
Don’t be a SNOB.
Just don’t. You need the low-end stores equally as much – if not more – than the high-end. Own it and appreciate it. Find your own style and work with brands that inspire that.
Find the brands you actually LOVE.
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Not just sometimes, not just one thing…but that you actually are obsessed with. These are the brands that will make up the majority of your wardrobe. Ask the security guards at my job (not embarrassed) where I buy my clothes, and even they know: J. Crew is my staple. Obviously I shop elsewhere too, but roll with me.
What to Buy: Your every day clothes. Stick with nudes and pops of color…not aggressive patterns. You’re bound to see last year’s top available this year in a different shade (#vintage), so you’re already one step ahead of the game.
*Don’t forget to be smart about it! Even as a J. Crew freak, I know shopping full-price is dumb, because their clothes go on sale approximately every other day.
Understand Basic is B-A-S-I-C.
WHY ON EARTH are you spending more than $20 on a white t-shirt, guys?? Don’t do that. Basics like tees and tanks and leggings could all be bought at shamelessly cheap prices from stores like H&M, Old Navy and Forever 21. These items are worn frequent enough they should be replaced often, so don’t overspend on them! Keep it simple.
What to Buy: Leggings, T-shirts, tanks, camis. Socks and really anything that you wear over and over!
Find your SPLURGE brand.
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Often when we waste money it’s because we’re shopping blindly. DON’T DO THAT! I bet you only wear 30% of your clothing and accessories. Pull those out of your closet, check the labels and remember you enjoy those brands. My accessories splurge brands are Tory Burch and Kate Spade. I own bags and things from other designers, but I always appreciate these two most. For dresses, it’s Lilly Pulitzer.
What to Buy: Everyday things that should last longer. Bags, dresses, accessories such as sunglasses and a wallet.
Appreciate a Trend (or Two)
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Everything we’ve discussed up till now makes up the classic part of your ‘drobe. But now, it’s 2017 and there are some major trends happening that are tough to avoid. Where do we buy these? Use your head, and think of the life of the trend.
Fringes? Not spending more than $20, cause a. hate them, b. they’re not gonna last long. OTS tops: I’ll spend a little more because now we’re already on Spring/Summer 2 of these babies and I love ’em. Tassels (told ya we’d come back to this): jewelry trends are easy to keep up with with affordable brands like Bauble Bar. Wicker Baskets/Bags/Straw Hats: YES.
My advice: for trends, stick to department stores. They’ll have a huuugggee selection at all different prices. This way, you can tailor the trend to fit your style and wardrobe. Just don’t go crazy!
What to Buy: for Spring 2017, trends I’m 100% behind are fabric earrings, wicker bags and bows.
*Regardless of the price point, you don’t have to spend your savings to look cute. Many times (like right now, with Memorial Day), even higher end brands have sales – and Kate Spade loves to put their sale on sale, just sayin’ – so set price drop alerts, add items to wishlists, and shop around! Between the department stores, buying directly, and using cashback programs like Ebates, even splurges can become affordable.
So there ya have it, folks. Was this helpful? Let me know on Twitter!