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Following trends can be expensive and exhausting. Between keeping up with them as they are always changing, to affording them. 

But it doesn’t have to be! 

You can keep up with what is current in fashion without having to sell your left arm to afford that new bag. 

I’m going to highlight a few styles that are trending this season and show you less expensive alternatives so you can look fabulous while still following your budget! I assure you that you can still be chic while also being frugal. 

1. White Dresses

Alexa Chung
Here is my first and probably favorite trend for summer and fall, white dresses! Whether for fall or summer, they are the perfect addition to any outfit. They are so versatile and can be dressed up or down.

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   This first dress is from Ciao Lucia and is my first upscale option. 
This dress makes me want to frolic around the french countryside while eating bread and I am obsessed.      

This second dress is more suited for fall I think! It is a gorgeous maxi from LoveShackFancy. It is an absolute goal of mine to nab one of their dresses. I think they actually have a line out with target right now! I'll definitely have to check them out.

Affordable Options

My two affordable options are actually from H&M, and they happen to be a part of my wardrobe! The first one is my favorite because I honestly think it's more flattering on me. The second is perfect for a really hot day since it is so airy.

2. Slip Dress And Sneakers 

My next trend is a combo I've seen all over Instagram recently, a slip dress paired with sneakers! I am obsessed with slip dresses. There is something so effortless about them, and when you pair them with sneakers it dresses them down, making it the perfect outfit for your day to day.

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This first dress is by Vince and it is absolutely gorgeous. The color is so soft, and it will pair perfectly with some white sneakers!

This lovely dress is by Lee Matthews and is a silk satin combo. 

These sneakers are a net-a-porter exclusive from Common Projects. 

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3. Loungewear | Matching Sets

Let's be real, we have all been in the house for way too long. Loungewear has become the new work attire for most of us. So naturally, they will be very much in style right now! One of the biggest trends in loungewear is matching sets. I see them all over Instagram, and stores as I online shop (I've been doing a little too much of that lately!)

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A lovely striped pajama set by Rails.

A gorgeous pink floral pajama set by Sleeper.

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4. Denim Skirts

Denim skirts have been trending for a while. I think because they are such a versatile piece they’ve hung on for quite a bit! I actually just bought a denim skirt today. (I’m not sure what took me so long to fully commit to this trend!) so I’m excited to participate! 

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A gorgeous multi-button denim skirt by Veronica Beard

Deconstructed Denim Skirt By Alexander Wang 

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I went to this really big goodwill in Pennsylvania this Saturday and I found quite a few things! Thrifting is one of my favorite things to do, especially since I'm hardcore on a budget right now, but still need new clothes. Thrifting is a great way to find some cute stuff when you're hurting on the cash! Most of my favorite pieces of clothing were thrifted.  I've found a Dior shirt thrifting, quite a few Free People pieces, and these are harder to find these days since vintage clothing has become ~trendy~, but, I've found dresses from the 1950s in goodwill before! Here are the pieces I found from this round of thrifting. 

Here is the first piece I got! This sweater is so soft and that was my one goal when looking for clothes, find comfortable yet stylish clothes for winter. I usually dress like a lil homeless lady in the winter so I'm trying to change that this year. You can't see the color very well in this photo but it is a deep green! 
The next piece I got is a black knit tank top! I don't have many plain black tops and this has a heavy material so it will be great to layer with when it gets cold. 

This is the next piece! A really soft poncho cardigan. It's definitely not something I'll wear when I need to move a lot because it kept falling off of me but it is cute so it's ok. 
This is just a simple black tank top! I keep stealing my mom's when I need one, so I thought I'd get my own.
This is honestly probably my favorite piece I got. It's a cute sleeveless dress that falls to my knees, and it is so soft and comfortable. I can't wait to wear it!

Last but not least, my second favorite that I got, these shoes! They are comfortable and cute, and they are white and I have no white shoes that don't kill my feet, so these are perfect.

What is your favorite thing that you've thrifted? Let me know in the comments!
My own personal style has changed drastically over the past few years.  I got to a point where I honestly didn't know what I liked? I wasn't sure if I actually liked what I liked or if I was just trying to dress like people I admire.  At the end of the day, fashion isn't fun if you are just trying to replicate someone else's style.  You should be picking out pieces and putting together outfits that YOU like and not just because they are ~trendy~ or your favorite youtuber is wearing or dressing like that.  Trends are fun to follow and keep up with, but if something you don't like is trendy, you don't have to wear it.  Like that mini bag trend? I hate that. what is the purpose of a purse that you can't fit anything in? Why is that a thing? Who is buying these monstrosities? 

Useless tiny purses aside, here are a few tips for those of you like me who aren't really sure what their personal style is. Hopefully this will help you at least narrow down what style you are personally drawn to. 

1. Mood Board 

One thing I did that was super helpful was go on Pinterest, look up "Fall Outfits", "Winter Outfits" or "Women's Fashion", whatever you think is appropriate, and search through all the looks and whatever outfit that catches my eye I saved to a separate board.  I did this until I accumulated a bunch of looks, and I made myself a little mood board. I made mine on photoshop, but if you don't have access to photoshop you can just print out the looks, get yourself a poster board, and have a lil arts and crafts moment! After you created your mood board, I would just look over all the looks and see if you see any patterns to them. Are there any dominate colors? A lot of skirts pictured or dresses? Like for example my mood board I created pictured above has a lot of blacks, blazers, and sneakers incorporated in these outfits. Those are things I definitely find cute and will absolutely buying more of and wearing! 

 2. Closet Clean-Out 

Another extremely helpful thing to do is go through your closet, and first get rid of what you never wear. I myself tend to be a hoarder of clothes, but if you barely wore it in the past, and haven't touched it in months, or maybe years, it is time to get rid of it.  Also take note of what you wear a bunch, and see if you already have a specific style going on, or theme. If there is a specific outfit you feel the most stylish in, take note of it, and try and think of ways you can recreate that look and why you feel your best in it! That outfit probably represents your personal style the best. 

3. Wear What Flatters You 

Are you a short lady like me? Have an hourglass figure? What colors flatter you the most? These are all great things to find out if you want to wear clothes that are really flattering for your body type and coloring! Here is a link to an article that will help you define your body type. If you want to figure out what your coloring is go to this website!

4. Be Yourself 

Last but not least, just be yourself! Wear what makes you excited about fashion, and what makes you feel beautiful. Even if it isn't necessarily "trendy".  At the end of the day, fashion is about expressing yourself. And if you are feeling yourself in your clothing, that is all that matters!! 

First off I would like to apologize for the quality of these photos.  I got all dressed and ready to take some outfit photos when I realized my tripod was broken. So, I had to improvise and prop up my camera on a table. I was also going to change into another outfit but by the time I was done shooting these photos I was drenched in sweat. (Between running around my house for 15 minutes in a long sleeved turtleneck and blazer than spending another 20 minutes taking photos outside in 75 degree weather dressed like it is late Fall, that is bound to happen. By the way, Fall weather where you at?!) But, honestly I'm pretty proud of this outfit. Especially since it was completely improvised and I put it together in 5 minutes.

I thrifted the blazer, belt, and skirt (Goodwill, I got them at Goodwill. I like specifying where I got things because a lot of people will show off these designer finds and say they ~thrifted~ them and I'm like???????? Girl what thrift store are you going to because 98% of the time all I find at thrift stores are reject dressed from the 1980s and grandma sweaters but not the cute kind??) and the shoes are my mom's. They actually could not zip up all the way so I was trying to conceal that in the photos. Basically this whole photoshoot was a hot mess. But, I got it done which is what counts.

Anyway, on to the fashion part of this post. As I was skimming through fashion sites I noticed a Fall 2019 trend that I personally loved. It was blazers which I believe have been trending for awhile, but instead of the usual shapeless blazers which gave off sort of an androgynous look, a belt was added to cinch the waist making the ensemble more feminine. I played a little with this trend in this outfit! (I added some photos above of other ways people are styling this trend.)

Like I said previously I really liked how this outfit turned out. It felt like an actual "look". I'm in a big transitional period with my wardrobe, between me trying to lose weight and my style changing pretty drastically over the past few years, it's been kind of a mess. I'm slowly trying to add new pieces to my wardrobe, though which has also proven difficult because I am lacking on the funds currently. But, slowly but surely! That's why this outfit made me happy because I didn't think I had enough in my closet to create a look I'd be proud of. Anyway, thanks for reading if you've gotten this far and I hope you all are having fantastic weeks!!
Fashion Month is upon us and I for one am very excited. This week is London Fashion Week while last week was New York Fashion Week. I tried to follow all the shows closely last week and I picked out some of my favorites that I am excited to share with you guys! I've also been binging on NYFW youtube videos so basically one of my goals in life now is to go to NYFW. (I mean it's been a goal for awhile but now it has become a more urgent need.) Anyways, on to the collections! 

Alice + Olivia Spring 2020 RTW

 Oh my, this is honestly one of my favorite collections. I only have a few photos attached but the collection as a whole is full of gorgeous bright pieces as well as a few neutral pieces as well.  My favorite pieces are the neon ones, though, As pictured. They're just so bright and gorgeous I can't. I also loved how they mixed bright colors and they all just go together so well. Here is a link to the complete collection. 

Rodarte Spring 2020 RTW 

 Ugh I probably added too many photos and this article is gonna be hella long because of that but it is necessary ok. This collection was GORGEOUS. The romantic vintage vibes, the fact Rowan Blanchard is one of the models who I adore, just the whole set I can't. Click here to check out the whole collection!

Lela Rose Spring RTW 2020

 What drew me to this show was well, first off, the gorgeous petals on the runway.  I love when designers have different set ups than just a plain ol runway. The second thing that caught my eye was the first dress I have pictured.  It reminded me of a bunch of dresses I used to sell when I had my own online vintage store. I sold LOADS of collared dresses like that. So it threw me back a bit. I also loved the print on it. The other dresses have gorgeous prints and colors as well.  Here is a link to the whole collection! 

RTA Spring 2020 RTW 

This collection has the opposite aesthetic of the first three but I mean, that describes my personal style very accurately because I like a plethora of styles. Looooved the leather pieces, especially the skirt. I gotta get one of them in my wardrobe! Here is the link to the full collection! 

Monse Spring 2020 RTW 

Alrighty, unfortunately this will be my last one because if I keep going this post will be like, a million years long. What I love about this collection is that the photos were taken outside and in one of them (not pictured in this post but go here to see.) a model is holding a chicken. I don't know why that tickled me so much but I loved it. I'm also just a sucker for good fashion photography and this location is gorgeous. The clothes are gorgeous, too, though! I love the patches on the last jumpsuit, and how one of the dresses has like a canvas (????) bag attached to it. It's just lovely!

All in all, I highly recommend keeping up with the collections and such that Fashion Month spits out. Because, if they are anything like the NYFW pieces, they should be fabulous!