Back to Basics: Keeping Up With Trends

This blog is part of a series inspired by our “Basics Checklist: The 33 Wardrobe Items You MUST Own”.  Get in on the fun and download your free copy.

If you’ve been using your Basics Checklist, you’ve got your closet in order and you are pretty set on your personal style. But trends are tricky. How do you spot the current trends? How do you make them work with your wardrobe? And how much should you spend on them?

Spotting  Trends

Research! Check out the runway shows (lots of them stream online) and the look books from your favorite stores. If you aren’t already signed up for store emails, sign up for some of your favorites. They will let you know when this season’s new trends are out, give you ideas for styling, and reward your loyalty with discount codes or coupons!

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Find a magazine/blogger you love. Magazines like Vogue specialize in high fashion and runway looks, while Lucky is geared toward looks found at mass retailers and ready-to-wear fashion. Find a magazine that fits your style (and budget!) and visit their website or subscribe to their magazine. If you don’t like getting magazines in the mail, most are available in digital form so you can read it on your phone or tablet. You can also find a blogger that has a similar style, and see what they are wearing. They will often get trendy pieces before they come out in stores and show various ways to style it.

Picking Trends to Try

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Create a Pinterest board for this season’s trends. Make a board for each season (like Fall/Winter 2015) and start pinning the trends you like. This will help you keep track of the items you like, and make it easy to purchase since you’ve pinned it right from the source.

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Check out outfit samples on Polyvore. When you find trendy pieces you like, but you aren’t sure how they’d fit in your wardrobe, make a trip over to Polyvore! You can search the item and see how other people styled it.  Look for outfits that include Basics that you already own.

Fitting Trends Into Your Budget

Make a firm budget for basics and one for trends. Having a shopping budget is so important, but it’s also important to know where to allocate your money. For example, if your shopping budget is $150 a month, you can choose to allocate $50 a month to trends, and $100 a month to Basics, or split it 50/50. Identifying where you are going to spend your money ensures that you’ll be able replace your Basics as needed, an indulge in the trends you like.

Give yourself a limit on pieces. The purpose of a trend is to add a little oomph to your basic style. Because trends come and go, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a piece that you won’t use for more than a season. For example, if you would spend $130 on a high-quality black blazer that pairs easily with lots of items, give yourself a limit of $40-$50 to spend on a blazer in a trendy pattern that you’ll wear less frequently and (likely) only for a season or two.

Incorporate trends through accessories.  Here at Fling Fashions, we are all about keeping up with trends in a way that is affordable and accessible.  Which is why we love accessories!  Why spend the extra money on a trendy dress or top when you can get the same affect with an accessory that will modernize your current wardrobe?  Check out this year’s top trends and the affordable accessories we found to pull them off.

We’d love to know – what’s your favorite resource for keeping up with trends?

Cathy Benavides

Cathy is a native Austinite, and writes a plus size style blog called Austin Slave to Fashion. She is a blogger and the social media manager here at Fling Fashions and hoards lip gloss, owls, and fine point Sharpie markers.

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