Here’s a post from one of our guest publishers Anya Sarre.
If you haven’t heard of her before Anya Sarre is one of Hollywood’s most influential trendsetters. Celebrity stylist, Sarre is known for her impeccable eye and ability to tie any look together with the perfect accessory. Named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for her appearances on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and countless other media outlets, Sarre is the go-to fashion expert for Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.
Staying on top of fashion trends can be an expensive endeavor. Clothing styles change so rapidly that it is impossible to try every new trend before it inevitably falls out of favor. Even limiting yourself to a few prominent new trends every season can be difficult for young women who do not have a lot of money to spend on clothes. The key to staying ahead of the fashion curve without breaking the bank is to invest in basics.
Fashion is a seasonal industry, with spring and fall being the most important seasons. New clothing collections debut during the milder seasons to give you time to place your orders before summer gets really hot or winter turns frigid. Forever 21 usually has some decent knockoffs on its racks a few weeks after high-end designers put on their runway shows.
You do not need to purchase entirely new outfits to look like she shops exclusively at designer boutiques. You can carefully select some marquee items like a jacket, a pair of shoes and a statement dress and fill in the rest of the gaps with basic t-shirts and jeans from H&M and American Apparel. These basics should be as plain and classic as possible to ensure that they can be worn through multiple seasons without looking dated. Don’t forget to work your outfit from the ground up—head over to ShoeDazzle for the latest shoes this season!
It takes no effort at all to learn about the latest trends in makeup. Monthly shipments from Birchbox contain samples of cosmetics in their newest shades and formulations. It can take up to a year to finish a full lipstick or compact. So if your makeup was current at one point may now look dated. Birchbox packages show you just how out of date your makeup choices are.
Stella & Dot gives you the opportunity to open your own miniature jewelry stores. Their jobs require you to constantly update your personal jewelry collections so you can properly represent your business. DIY accessorizing is growing in popularity thanks to sites like Etsy and Pinterest. You can save money by downloading knitting patterns and making your own handmade scarves, hats and mittens.
If you discover that you possess talent for making clothing and accessories, you should consider opening up your own Etsy stores; business opportunities are not limited to those who want to sell conventional jewelry. All you women who are successful at selling your crafts can make the transition from saving money to actually making it.
Below we list Trend N’ Stylez top 5 tips on saving money but looking glamorous this year…
1. Look at the Right Places for Clothes
You don’t always have to look at exclusive boutiques for the season’s trendiest clothes as I said above. While discount stores and bargain stores are good options, don’t restrict yourself just to them. There may be several quaint little street side shops that will amaze you with their clothes and more importantly, astound you with their prices. These are usually stand alone stores with no fancy marketing, which is why probably no one has heard of them. But they carry some of the most amazing designs and you can be sure that they are one-of-kind because these outfits are not mass produced, but created singly. Such shops may not be many, and may be difficult to find. But they are definitely worth searching for, because the outfits will definitely make you stand out and will be available well within your budget.
2. “Add” Some Color to Your Wardrobe
Dyeing is a cost effective option to transform your existing clothes into the trendy color of the season. According to Pantone Color Institute Emerald green is the color for 2013. Do you have a plain dress? What could be simpler (and more cost effective) than dyeing it green and looking hot this spring?
3. Unleash Your Creative Side
Unleash your inherent creativity and see how you can create newer pieces of clothing from existing items in your wardrobe. Spring summer 2013 trends are focusing on crop tops. This might be the right time to cut down an old top in your collection and create a brand new trendy crop top, without spending zilch.
4. Accessorize Smartly
The smart fashionista understands the significance of accessorizing well. The right accessories not only enhance your look, but also don’t make as much a dent on your pocket as the outfits. For instance, colorful, tribal bangles were showcased by Lulu Frost in their 2013 shows. Now these would be the perfect accessories to ‘glam up’ a plain white cotton shirt or simple beige blouse, which already exists in your wardrobe.
5. Wear Well Fitted Clothes…and Wear them with Confidence
The single most important factor that makes a big difference to your overall look is wearing well fitted clothes. The trendiest clothes, if they are too big (or too small) for you, are not worth the money you spend on them. The best option therefore is to make sure that your wardrobe is regularly updated with the necessary tweaks, so that all your outfits produce a perfectly tailored look.
And finally wear your look with confidence. Fashion may be defined by trends but style is your unique interpretation of fashion. And the stylish diva can look like a million bucks without necessarily spending a million. And I am sure you are one stylish diva.
Do you have any money saving style tips? Please share your tips below.