Translating runway trends without breaking the bank!
Fall and spring are the two biggest seasons to refresh your wardrobe and update your closet. I love fashion, I love browsing the magazines, I love updating my wardrobe but after being unemployed for a few months and trying to live on a budget, I don’t have a ton of money to go shopping. So instead, I’m looking at what’s already in my wardrobe (and maybe pick up a bargain or two online) to help update my wardrobe now.
If you’re like me and trying to stay stylish and on-trend without spending a lot of money, don’t fret. There’s a number of Spring ’11 trends you can incorporate into your wardrobe without breaking out the credit card. And today, I’m sharing a few of my budget-friendly, fashion tips!
Color blocking/Bold Color
I don’t think about color blocking as a trend, for me it’s just my everyday way of dressing. This season, bold blocks of color are a trend seen all over the runways. I think that no matter what your everyday style; you are sure to have a few great bold pieces that you can highlight in your wardrobe right now.
Have a great red dress? Pair it with that cobalt blue cardigan you already own and love. Have a fab orange top? Pair it with your green pencil skirt and throw on a blue belt to really make the colors stand out on their own. The idea is to take a bold statement piece you normally pair with neutral staples (like jeans or a black top) and wear it with a second (even third) bold item.
Not ready to be so brave? Then add great bold accessories that you already have to one of your favorite outfits. Wearing navy? Pull out those orange and yellow bangles you bought to wear with another dress a couple of summers ago. Add a gorgeous silk scarf to a neutral outfit to brighten up your look.
A Nod to the Seventies
I think one of my favorite trends has been a nod to the seventies with some of the great dresses I’ve seen. Shirt dresses, fuller skirts that hang below the knee and gorgeous jewel tones that go with a multitude of skin tones.
Despite lusting after the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2011 collection, I’ve settled on adding an olive green shirt dress I found at Target to give me that 70’s inspired Safari look I was hoping for without breaking the bank. For this little seasonal splurge, I went with a great olive green neutral – Mossimo Woman’s Utility Dress ($24.99) – so that I could add more pops of color and great accessories using my neutral dress as a backdrop to a great outfit.
But longer hemlines, can leave you looking a bit frumpy and/or shapeless, especially for those who are vertically challenged! However, a few accessories, that I’m sure you already have in your closet, can help save the day and the outfit.
My favorite way to really accentuate and flatter a great skirt is by belting the waist and adding a pair of great shoes – Mary Jane heels or fun wedges. The colorful pair at left adds a bit of height and helps lengthen the look (and dark or matching tights always can help steamline as well). Check my Flickr page for a look at this entire outfit.
Prints were all over the runway, and one of my favorite things to have in my closet. Print mixing is probably easier than you think with (say it with me) what you already own in your closet. The things to keep in mind are color palette and size of the prints. Keep things within the same color family and pattern size to achieve a pulled together (not thrown together) look.
In my opinion, stripes are the best way to ease yourself into mixing prints. Have a favorite floral skirt with a blue and green color palette? Pair it with a blue and white striped shirt. Mix florals and stripes, circles and squares, wild with mild – just make sure your patterns are in the same size and same color palette and you’ll be mixing patterns with ease.
And if you aren’t big on pattern mixing, just find one great patterned piece – a jacket or bag or shoe to update your wardrobe. Baby steps…baby steps.
Readers, how do you stay fashionable while staying in budget?