Affordable Ways to Incorporate Trends

How in the world do bloggers always have the newest trends on the first day of the new season? They get PR packages.

But how do we, as smaller influencers or people just trying to look awesome, stay on top of these trends? Most people can’t afford to head over to an Express or Free People and buy the entire new line every season.

This is something that I have been struggling with a lot lately, so I want to share with you the ways I have been combating this. Neither my wallet nor the environment want me to constantly be buying new items, so here are some tips for keeping up with the trends without breaking the bank.

Accessories

This is one of my favorite ways to wear trends this year. I’ve utilized this tip with the popular animal print trend, especially. Animal print shirts, skirts, dresses, etc. are not my favorite on me, but I’ve been wearing my leopard print scrunchie nonstop. It doesn’t have to be a scrunchie either! You can get trendy neckties, socks, belts, etc. This is a super inexpensive way to add a modern touch to your wardrobe.

Some accessory trends that are lighting up the fashion world right now are chain belts, sheer/bedazzled/sparkley socks, and textured tights. I’ll link some adorable and affordable options below!

chain belt
Fashion Nova, $9.99
sparkle socks
Urban Outfitters, $12
fishnets
Forever 21, $6.90

Fast Fashion

Just like many other people my age, I love to shop at Forever 21, H&M, etc. because they provide high fashion clothing at low cost. The quality is lower and there are ethical issues within the organizations, but I love me a good $7.99 top. Especially for someone whose style changes with every trend, fast fashion works because the clothing only needs to last for a season. Here are some trendy, statement items that are right on budget!

blazer
H&M, $19.99
leopard pants
Forever 21, $19.90

Thrifting

Those of you who have been following me for a while know that thrifting is basically my answer for everything. That is true. But especially recently, thrifting has been a lifesaver. I have a very trendy style (as opposed to a personal style; be looking for a blog post contrasting these soon!) and because of this, every new season brings new fashions that I just HAVE to have. I prefer thrifting to fast fashion to accomplish this for several reasons:

  1. Clothing waste is a huge environmental issue, so the more we can reuse and repurpose clothing, the better.
  2. Thrifted clothing is usually more unique, and shopping for the perfect piece is like a treasure hunt.
  3. You can usually find higher quality items for lower prices.

This is how I’ve found most of my fall pieces this year. Pics below!

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Mismatched Houndstooth Power Suit
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Camel-colored Shirt Dress
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Love a Good Mom Jean

If you, like me, having been drooling over every trend this season but sobbing when you open your bank app, hopefully these tips will get you the styles you want without breaking the bank.

What trends are you dying to try? Let me know in the comments!

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