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Trendy Fashion VS. Stylish Staples | How to Balance

Have you ever looked into your closet and felt like it needed an extreme makeover? They say it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it. An outfit can easily go right or wrong no matter how fabulous the individual elements of it are. Pair a top or dress with the wrong shoes and jacket and you have yourself a good ole fashion disaster.

Just as fashion is always changing, personal style is constantly transforming as well. I mean I’m sure you still don’t rock those Abercrombie polos you used to wear in middle school, right? I wouldn’t be surprised if the sight or smell of them makes you sick. You may even ask yourself “Why did I think wearing that was okay?”

Growing up, I always looked forward to back to school shopping. It’s a time to redefine your style and I lived for the feeling of starting fresh. Naturally, this was a time my mother always dreaded. With each new school year, came a new me with a different style than the previous year. Both my mother and myself knew what this meant – I wasn’t going to be wearing much of what I had bought the year before. We spent hundreds of dollars each year updating my wardrobe to be Teen Vogue approved. As an aspiring fashionista, my twelve-year-old diva self knew I couldn’t be caught in last years trends and I made sure of it.

As the years went on and I started to provide for myself, I came down from the whole “buy a new wardrobe every year” cloud very quickly. Don’t get me wrong, I still love beginning of the year shopping sprees, but from experience I have learned how to shop in a more educated way.

The method to my madness is very simple; save on trendy fashion pieces and spend on style staples to keep your wardrobe up to date.

Instead of spending tons of money on trendy items that you know will only be in style for a season or two, save your “I only wore this three times” guilt and buy from low priced stores like H&M and Forever 21. When it’s out of season, you can use it to create something else like a DIY handbag and won’t have to worry about cutting up a luxury fashion item that you paid big bucks for.

Now it’s time to dish out the dough. Style staples are great to splurge on because they will last you more than one season and are super versatile. They can be bought to wear over things, under things and layer. Whenever I’m splurging on style staples, I like to go with neutrals because they then can be worn with almost any outfit. That way, I can get maximum use out of them and the higher quality material will last through more washes than the cheaper one.

Shopping for a new season is thrilling, but don’t get hung up on those pricey trendy items. Remember the above tips and your wardrobe will be up to date –without blowing your whole summers earnings.