Fashion has gotten expensive. This isn’t exactly news, but it sometimes still blows my mind how much things cost – $900 for a tee-shirt? $500 for a pair of flats? In this day, when one item in your outfit can cost almost as much as a month of rent, more and more companies that were once viewed as less-than-trendy are designing products that are affordable and stylish. Here are a couple to check out:
1. Birkenstock – Once known for simple 2-strap sandals, this company has grown to make some of the cutest and most comfortable sandals. I’ve had 2 fun pairs for a few years now and STILL get compliments. People are always surprised to find out that my metallic silver toe-wrap sandals or my t-strap black patent sandals are made by Birkenstock. They also have many veg-friendly options! (All options below found here and here.)
2. Land’s End. The source of many grade school backpacks and plain turtlenecks has developed a younger, more stylish line called Canvas. They have many cute options including fun dresses and comfy chambray shirts!
Where have you found affordable, stylish pieces?
I recently went to go see a 90’s cover band with some friends one Friday night. In preparation, I decided to do some googling to get reacquainted with the highs and lows of the decade. I had forgotten all the great movies, shows, and songs come out of those fabulous years – Saved by the Bell, Friends, Clueless, Spice Girls, (this list could go on and on). While searching, I couldn’t help but notice some reoccurring fashion styles that seem to be popping up today. I guess everyone really does love the 90’s! Here are some of the major trends I picked up on:
- THEN – Platform sneakers
- NOW – Flatform sandals
- THEN – Doc Marten “1460” boots
- NOW – Frye “Engineer” boots
- THEN – Jean buckle overalls
- NOW – Chambray romper
- THEN – Cropped tight sweater
- NOW – Loose hi-low sweater
What trends from past decades do you notice are in style today?
One of the challenges with fashion trends is where to spend your hard earned cash. Certain trends come and go with seasons while others hang around for years. So when should you spend a lot on a trendy item? One of the ways that I make this decision is in thinking about how well and item will a) go with the rest of my wardrobe b) how many seasons can I wear it (living in DC means we get the full range of seasons and temperatures) and c) can this still be stylish once the so-called “trend” has passed?
One recent example of this is brightly colored pants. This season bright colored, skinny (sometimes cropped and cuffed) pants are everywhere. But will you really want to rock those coral capris again in summer 2013? My advice is to refer to the 3 points I listed above. It might be worth your while to purchase one slightly nicer pair that will last you years to come but if you feel drawn to collecting all colors of the rainbow, I would refrain or get a few cheaper pairs. Case in point: I splurged an bought myself a pair of saturated purple Minnie’s from J. Crew. I love everything purple and know that I’ll continue to wear these. Also, J. Crew’s clothes are well made and since they carry petites (yay!), I can find an almost custom fit. So, this is where I decided to lay down a little more cash. I also thought it would be fun to have another bright pair but didn’t want to spend as much, so I looked to Boden, armed with a discount code, and ordered a coral-ish hued pair.
What are you spending and splurging on this season?