For my second installment of Ask A Personal Stylist I am answering the question: How can I try new things without breaking the bank? I get this question a lot! We are not made of money and most of us can’t afford a new wardrobe every season but we like to experiment with the trends. Today I am diving into how you can rock the trends without blowing your bank account.
Ask a Personal Stylist Vol. 2
How can I try new things without breaking the bank?
I am a believer in Smart Shopping and I do this when I am out with clients. I research store sales and get my hands on any kind of coupon I can before I head out the door to shop. The goal is to maximize the budget as much as possible. Getting quality pieces at reasonable prices is always on the forefront of my mind. And today I am going to take you through some of my process.
In order to try new things without breaking the bank you first need to figure out what it is you want to try. Remember not every trend is for everyone or every body type. Grab a couple fashion magazines and flip through them to get inspiration on trends you want to try. I subscribe to Style Watch, Marie Claire, Elle & Glamour. I like to cut out the things I like and put them in a pile. Once you have your pile, go through it and see if you have any reoccurring themes or if anything jumps out at you.
After you’ve established things you are interested in go into your closet. Take a visual inventory of what you have. Doing this does two things. First it helps remind you what you have so you can then shop for the trend you want to try. Second, it allows you the chance to see if you already have what you want to try.
Incorporating New Trends
There are several ways to figure out how to incorporate new things but make sure you have the other items in your closet to pull together an outfit. For my clients who are just getting their toes wet in trends, I like to start them experimenting with accessories. Accessories let you try the trend without breaking the bank because they are usually more affordable. Grab the “it” print in a scarf or a clutch. Try the color of the season in your makeup- I’m thinking eye shadow or lipstick. Makeup is an easy way to incorporate the colors of the season at a lower cost. I go to Sephora for the most up to date options.
Now for the more adventurous type you can go bold and buy the print in a skirt or pants. Make a splash with a blouse. Pair these trends with the classic pieces you have in your wardrobe. To do this without breaking the bank shop at stores that carry the trends affordably but know when you are buying it that this isn’t an investment piece, but a piece to be worn for a season or two.
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Special thank you to Andrea for sharing her fashion frustration with me! Yours could be next, send an email to [email protected]