Shopping has and always will be one of my favourite hobbies. But since moving into my flat with Gavin I have had to really streamline what I buy as storage is very limited in our humble little abode. I am forever on the ASOS new in page trawling through and admiring all the new styles but when it comes to actually buying into a new trend I am a lot more cautious. Sometimes the entire blogging world will go into meltdown over a Topshop blouse or Zara bag, only for it to be long forgotten before the week is up. On the flip-side of that it can be months before a trend fades and and I end up kicking myself for not picking up that bargain piece when I first saw it.
As I am still very experimental with my style, I tend to only invest in basic essentials or classic, timeless pieces. My budget simply doesn’t extend to extravagant designer purchases every month so I am always on the lookout for the next best dupe. If you’re like me and you love styling different pieces but your bank balance does not then follow my four tips for keeping up with the latest trends.
Shopping has and always will be my favourite hobby much to my bank balance’s dismay. Over the years I’ve adapted a couple of rules which help me to keep my spending under control. I have completely banned myself from impulse purchases and instead follow the 5 day rule. I will either screenshot or save the item in a wish list and if I am still thinking about it 5 days later then I will usually purchase. This gives me time to see if there are any cheaper alternatives around and to brainstorm styling ideas and see how this would fit into my current wardrobe. If after two weeks I still haven’t worn the item then I will always return as clearly I didn’t like the item as much as I thought. I would say I end up returning more than I end up keeping but this just goes to show how your style can be different from one week to the next.
Stay up to date
Fashion trends can swap and change more often than Rihanna changes her hair so it can become quite expensive to invest in every single one. There are thousands of ways to stay up to date with recent trends but I would say the best ones for me are Instagram and following fashion bloggers. I was signed up to weekly newsletters but I found these encouraged me to spend more so I usually just browse the new in section regularly to see what’s hot and what’s not. It always helps to see how other people are styling the current trends as often I will find I have something in my own wardrobe which can be styled in a completely new way to give it a new lease of life.
When I was younger I had store cards coming out my ears but now that I am older and live on my own I have had to reign in my spending. I now limit my spending to ensure I stay on budget each month so you’ll find I tend to do most of my shopping the week before payday when I know exactly how much I have left for luxury splurges. At the beginning of each season I have a massive clear-out to help me see what I already have and if there are any hidden gems hiding at the back of my wardrobe. I also keep my eye out for discount codes and sales now that my student discount life has come to an end *sobs*.
Confidence is vital when it comes to personal style as it is always very clear when someone feels uncomfortable in what they are wearing. I always make sure to buy the correct size even if this means sizing up from my normal size and I always try things on to make sure I like how they sit. Whether you want to follow the trends or not, as long as you’re confident in what you wear you can pull off anything.
Embroidery is absolutely everywhere at the moment and it doesn’t look like its going anywhere, anytime soon. I love how Primark have incorporated gingham and fluted sleeves into this style, making it fit with three trends at once. The current collection for Spring/ Summer 2017 is absolutely beautiful and I keep finding pieces that I am falling head over heels for. As there was so much going on with the top, I wanted to keep accessories to a minimum. I opted for a simple pair of pearl ear-rings, my trusty Thomas Sabo watch and this gorgeous handmade leather rope bracelet which is a lovely mauve colour and is so easy to style.
Top & Espadrilles – Primark / Bag – H&M / Jeans – New Look / Bracelet – Ropelet*
* PR Sample