Sunday, August 5, 2012

Fast Fashion vs Classic Pieces

I get inspiration for my wardrobe from many places. The internet {Pinterest, blogs}, friends, magazines and Instagram just to name a few. Although I drool over the outfits of Blair {writter for Atlantic-Pacific}, Emily {from Cupcakes and Cashmere}, and Jules {from Sincerely Jules} I am college student on a budget. I can't go out and spend $$$ on the newest Louis bag or a new outfit from JCrew. My go to stores are Forever 21, H&M, Target, Love Culture, TJ-Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, and Q. You can still get all the trendy styles at these stores but for much less. A avid blogger and YouTube guru DulceCandy, likes to call these places "fast fashion". I LOVE this. You can go into these stores for cheap fast fashion that could possibly go out of style in 6 months. For example, who wants to pay big bucks on a pair of colored or floral denim jeans that you may only wear 5 times? Not me! Here is an example of some of my "fast fashion" pieces that I bought on a budget.
Color block dress- Forever21
Fringe vest- Forever21
Floral jeans- Wet Seal {only $30}
Peplum top- Love Culture
Neon belt- Buffalo Exchange
Neon messenger bag/clutch- Target
Spike wedges- Sheikh
Gladiator sandals TJ-Maxx
The next picture is going to be all my classic pieces. These pieces were expensive but so versatile and can be worn with almost anything in my wardrobe. These were either gifted from my parents or Jeff or I specifically saved my pennies.
Michael Kors bag {dual purpose lap top bag/gifted from my parents}
Name necklace {gift from Jeff}
Silver Michael Kors watch {gift from Jeff}
Gold Michael Kors watch {gift from my parents}
Ray Ban sunnies {gift from Jeff}
Coach wallet/wristlet
Debra Lippmann polish {I have had this same bottle for over a year}
{as you can tell my parents and Jeff tend to spoil me :)}

My advice for anyone on a budget, like myself, is to stick with cheap stores for "fast fashion" and get more for your money. Although the quality may not last, at least you will get a lot of wear out of them and be super trendy for half the price. And you won't feel as bad when you decide to give those pieces away in the future. And lastly, spend your big bucks on items that will last forever. A nice watch, bag, jewelry, and sunglasses {in classic colors; white, black, cream, tan etc} are timeless and will get so much use. I hope this helps for anyone trying to build a more budget friendly wardrobe. If you have any personal questions feel free to contact me at



  1. GREAT advice! It's so true! I spend more $$$ on jeans (classic pairs) because they last and tend to fit better. But colored jeans? Target or somewhere on clearance or with a good coupon. No sense is wasting money on something that might only be "in" for one season!