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.
The Fall/Winter 2016 runways had us reminiscing on the renaissance era with the abundance of rich colors, draping and lavish materials. But let’s be honest, not many of us will be walking around looking like a renaissance princess on the daily. To convert these extravagant looks into something wearable, it’s important to break the trend down into simpler aspects. Personally, I love the detailed silhouettes of the sleeves and drapings which create beautiful movement. I chose to feature those elements along with a rich color story to give the outfit a fall feel. The burnt orange top cinches at the waist and provides a great contrast to the flow of the kimono. I styled the rest of the look with wine colored boots and a complementing leather bag.
Kimono: rue21/ Top: H&M/ Pants: Saks Fifth Ave OFF 5th/ Boots: Lulu’s/ Bag: Member’s Only
Shearling swept the Fall/Winter 2016 runways in a more than unconventional way… Lucky for us, the Ready to Wear lines have adapted the extravagant furs into a perfectly attainable statement piece. As neutral lover, I can’t help collecting these pieces in blacks and tans, so they’re easy to style with the popular colors of almost any time of year- except maybe not the midst of summer. I paired my thrifted shearling vest with a boat-neck sweater and contrasted those pieces with shorts to show off my other fall must-have item: over the knee boots. These are the ultimate pair of boots for versatility. They can be worn day or night, on a warm fall day or when the air turns cool after nightfall. I finished off the look with gold jewelry and a bold, berry lip.
Vest: Thrifted from Crossroads/ Sweater: Zara/ Shorts: H&M/ Boots: Steve Madden/ Necklace: Akira
Crisp air, beautifully dreary days, falling leaves, and the return of layering: fashion’s favorite season is right around the corner. I’ll admit to being overtly fall-obsessed. This week the weather dropped to the sixties with rain showers and grey skies, and I could not have been more excited. It finally meant it was time to start bringing back my seemingly endless collection of boots and sweaters. Before I get too ahead of myself, transitional outfits can be some of the most amusing in the sense of styling. It allows for creativity to flourish and the pairing of pieces together that you wouldn’t instantly expect. During Zara’s End of Summer Sale, I picked up this simple, yet perfect black sweater dress. The material is thick enough to keep warm without a jacket but still thin for layering. I styled it with this season’s must-have over the knee boot and a complementing choker.
Sweater Dress: Zara/ Boots: Steve Madden/ Choker: rue21
Some are saying that the all-white look is the new all-black… Coming from someone who wears black like it’s a religion, I don’t know if I’ll be jumping on that bandwagon. But, I do enjoy throwing in an all-white look every now and then. With the sun shining on a beautiful summer day, there’s just something about an all-white look that is truly stunning. It creates a glow and look of ease, which is basically what every woman wants to conquer with summer style. What’s so great about this look is the simplicity behind it. Every woman owns at least one white bottom and most likely an endless abundance of white tops. Styling it almost becomes a no brainer. Now’s the time to give this look a try before the return of earthy tones and Pumpkin Spice lattes.
Top:Zara/ Denim:Forever 21/ Shoes: rue21
The athlesiure trend… I will honestly admit that I wasn’t a fan and still am a bit skeptical. That’s not to say it’s not taking over the market. Girls are bringing back their favorite pair of Adidas and rocking sweatshirts/shorts in an effortlessly fashionable way. For me, I’d be just as comfortable throwing on a great pair of booties or oversized sweater for the same effect. Fashion is about being playful and experimentation, so I decided to try my hand at this unstoppably popular trend. My take included a more dressed up pair of shorts that never fail to be flattering for my body type. I styled them with a simple t-shirt and satin bomber from Zara. Topping off the look with a single choker and “wannabe Vans” from Target. It was a fun experiment to embody this trend; but to be honest, I’d probably never wear this anywhere besides somewhere like Target anyway. For the girls out there who can rock the athleisure look, keep killin it and take advantage of this comfy, cool trend!
Shorts: H&M/ Bomber: Zara/ Shoes: Target
Although summer and florals go hand in hand, there’s plenty of other ways to express your summer style this season. Bold colors and statement pieces can be just as playful and feminine as a “basic” floral print. This beautiful emerald shade with silver detailing is eye catching enough to make a statement. I also love the simple silhouette. It makes the waist appear tiny while remaining forgiving around the hips. It’s so flattering for women of nearly every age and size. Another trend that has been all over the runway of major designers from Dior to Tom Ford is the plunging neckline. It looks elusively elegant in evening wear but can be easily translated into casual daytime style. This ribbed cotton bodysuit can be paired with distressed denim, tailored shorts, or a slim A-Line skirt like mine to make this trend your own.
Skirt: Zara/ Bodysuit: Zara/ Shoes: DSW