If you’ve been following along here for some time, you know how much I love fashion—on a budget. That doesn’t mean I don’t love the occasional splurge. And it doesn’t mean I only shop discounted stores. My perfect balance is accruing fewer pieces that are quality pieces. Which means I can’t say yes to every trend.
As I get older, I realize this is more than OK—I don’t need to wear every trend. Instead, I’m more focused on timeless pieces that will carry me from season to season, fit impeccably, and make me feel put together, no matter the occasion. Keeping that in mind, I’m selective about the trends I invest in. My checklist—when selecting trends—usually looks something like this:
- Will this trend look good through several seasons? For example—tie-up front shirts are everywhere. Will this trend look good through the fall? Yes. Pair any of them with a cardigan or cozy coat and I’ve just extended the life of my seasonal investment. Other trends I’m saying yes to (and are looking forward to wearing until the end of the year)—white sneakers, circular purses, and straight leg jeans.
- How often can I wear the style? If a trend is too trendy, you can only get a solid few wears out of a piece before you grow tired of it. Which means investing in one of these trends is fruitless. Since I’m not a maxi dress wearer, it wouldn’t be cost effective to purchase a $100 maxi dress. I’d only wear it once or twice. Instead, I’m more likely to wear a midi skirt, so an investment in one with trendy detailing like tulle or pleating is well worth the cost.
- Is this age appropriate? In my thirties, I’ve been more selective on the trends I wear. What looks good on an 18-year-old might not look good on me. This immediately limits the trends I pull from. I’m saying no to short-shorts, too many cold-shoulder pieces, and midriff tops. Yes, I want trends—but I want them to flatter my style and age.
What trends are you excited to invest in? And what’s a trend you can say, “No thank you!” to?
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