I mean you all know I hate the ever so fowl “b” word (aka budget), but let’s talk about it seriously. The last thing I would ever want anyone who follows me to do would be to live above their means. Fashion should never be something you max out your credit card or constantly overextend yourself for. Trust me, I love a new designer bag as much as the next person, but not if it means cleaning out my savings or accuring interest on a credit card to have it. So with all that said, how do you stay with the current trends and invest in the right items? I’ll tell you how!
The look above, excluding the shoes, is all from last year! So, here’s some of the best advice I can give to you:
#1: Designer denim is always your friend. The key to designer denim is not to over wash it, I know it may sounds gross, but you should only really wash you denim when it gets dirty or after 5-7 wears. This will extend the longevity and keep the integrity of the fabrics. If you’re looking for something with long fringed/frayed ends (HERE), flares (HERE) or huge thigh rips (HERE), I would go with something less expensive.
#2: A good white tee will take you good places but… It really doesn’t have to be the Helmut Lang one I’m wearing (found HERE). This was definitely a splurge that I didn’t have to make. Even though the quality and comfort of this tee is outstanding, I hate wearing it because, let’s be real, I’m prone to staining anything white. I just can’t help it!!! So, if you’re on a budget, I would suggest Madewell found HERE or ASOS found HERE. Or if you have to have the super comfy designer tee, I recommend buying it in black! LOL
#3: Girl, you don’t NEED those white Manolo Blanik/ Christian Louboutin/ Saint Laurent white patent leather pumps. I’ve literally held out three years on purchasing white pumps because I really wanted a high end designer pair. But again, I mess up white and would be SO upset if I distroyed a beautiful pair of white pumps (that also cost a small fortune), so I finally gave in when I saw the Jessica Simpson ones. First, they’re so comfortable. I also love the embossed leather and half d’orsay style. Eventually, I’ll invest in some high end designer white pumps (because shose are always a great investment piece), but there is no reason not to own white pumps until then.
#4: Certain trends will come back again and again are worth purchasing. I love this longline H&M vest. It’s a neutral color and it’s a new take on a classic item. If you want to invest in a designer denim vest or a vintage denim vest, it’s safe to say vest’s in general will come back at some point, if they ever go completely “out of style”(who really cares about that anyway anymore?!). If you’re still unsure, or you’re just loving the longline waterfall vest style like the one I’m wearing, there are plenty of cost effective options!
Classic pieces will never go out of style, so as much as you LOVE that designer leather jacket that’s on sale in pale blue, if they have it in black, grey, white or tan be smart and grab one of these. If you want to start investing in key fashion items, start with a good black bag and black pumps. These, so long as you take care of them, will last you a lifetime and then some. You’ll thank me later when you’re pulling out these piece for many seasons to come!
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