By: Annmarie Statly
So I’m not twenty something anymore but I still appreciate staying current with the latest fashions and style trends. In my personal opinion, a dated look makes you look older and there is nothing wrong with a smidgen of vanity. It just means you care how you look, right?!
You should know that I am quite frugal. I don’t like to look like everyone else or walk into a room wearing the same outfit as someone else. I like to have my own style about me!
My style is definitely more “classic”, but I will throw in a bit of the latest trend here and there to make my look current. Over time my look has evolved into “me.”
Back in my twenties I was too broke to shop and I never felt good in what I was wearing. You know that feeling – feeling frumpy or just blah.
Moving on into my thirties I had a little bit more money to spend so I shopped more. Looking back on this, I experimented with my style. Finding things I thought I loved only to be uncomfortable in. Or seeing pictures later, thinking: ummmm, yeah so that look doesn’t work on me.
Jump up into my forties and I’m too busy to shop for one but also realizing, what a waste of money – for my personal style, less is more!
I have learned to keep an eye on celebrities/models whose look I like and feel it fits my taste.
For me that is Jennifer Aniston, I like her simple, classic but sometimes edgy look. I look at photos of her and while I won’t go out and buy what she is wearing, 9 times out of 10 I own something similar in my closet.
Keeping with my frugal ways, I hang on to most of my clothes unless I feel frumpy when I wear them – then out they go. Most things come back around. If you pay special attention when you purchase clothes that they fit well and hug the right places you will eventually use all these pieces again and again.
I also buy things in twos or even threes! If a shirt fits me great and makes me feel good when I put it on I’m certainly going to buy multiple. I’ll get them in classic black and whites – and gray. I LOVE gray – but also I’ll pick up a great color to pop.
So here’s a few ideas for you take away and or just think about:
- Find your style, you need to experiment a bit – pay attention to how you feel in what you’re wearing….confident, cute, not-so-cute….. you get the idea
- Take photos each day of what you’re wearing for a month and after looking through them your style will begin to emerge
- Hang onto old clothes that still fit, unless they are torn or stained
- Merge new clothes with old clothes – I actually enjoy this and find it fun!
- Purchase a few items each year that are on trend – this is where you spend less, go to Kohl’s, Target, etc. Incorporate these into your classic pieces. If you’re really strapped for cash, make that purchase a belt or scarf, something small but again pair with classics and you won’t feel dated.
- Do small things to own your look; tuck in just the front of your shirt, cuff your jeans, cuff sleeves up and push them past your elbow – these little things adapt your look to become “you”
- Over time pay attention to others whose personal style you like and feel fits yours. Gain ideas from them and eventually this will morph into your on personal style!
What are your tips for frugal fashion? Tweet them @InspirationalNB!
Have fun with this and as always – Blessings!