Trends come and go, so how do you know when one is worth the investment? Especially as a college student, it’s rarely easy to jump on every fashion bandwagon that passes by. Maybe other college-aged women like Gigi Hadid with a supermodel budget can splurge on any trend featured the pages of Vogue or our Instagram feeds, but that’s definitely far from the norm.
The key to dressing “on trend” is finding the trend that speaks to your personal style. Fashion is the all-encompassing looks produced by designers, but personal style is what you choose from fashion to make it your own. For me, my go-to trend of the moment is what Marie Claire has described as “Grid-Lock Glam” inspired by the city-loving, working girl. This was easily adaptable for my wardrobe as I already own many pieces that fit the theme, and I’ve been able to expand my selection with elevated basics with bargain finds from places like Village Discount, Boohoo and H&M.
Many people are quick to judge second-hand clothing, but that is where the true treasures lie as all trends are really just reinvented looks of the past. With “Grid-Lock Glam” in mind, I’ve been able to find everything from Calvin Klein button-ups, Ralph Lauren blazers and printed trousers all under $20. Even though the price is low, quality is key. Having a general idea of fabrics and cuts that can last decades as well as reputable designers will ensure these elevated trend pieces last from fad to fad and make a more permanent home in your closet.