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Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Last Straw

If you're an avid fashion follower, I'm sure you've noticed that straw and basket-weave bags are all the rage right now. I follow numerous fashion bloggers and I've seen this Cult Gaia "Ark" bag or similar versions all over the fashion blogosphere.
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It's definitely a standout piece, but when I scroll through my Instagram feed, this bag makes quite a number of appearances. To me, it has become one of those items that I refuse to add to my fashion repertoire because I feel as though it's overexposed.

So I started thinking to myself, what is the right balance between looking current and being a slave to trends? I consider myself to be more stylish than trendy. I have my own style compass and use that to guide me through the process of assembling my outfits. However, I do pay attention to trends, try to look current, and add trendy pieces to my wardrobe here and there. When I shop, I usually try to think ahead and figure out if I'll be able to get enough use out of my intended purchases to make the investment worthwhile.

So what's the secret? Trends come and go, and some items get so popular and so much exposure, that their shelf-life is relatively short. This can potentially leave you stuck with an expensive item that no longer has the same cachรจ it had, only a few months ago. A year or two ago this Valentino Rock Stud caged pump was EVERYWHERE!
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Celebrities, style bloggers, and fashionistas were all sporting this style. I honestly got tired of seeing it - and when the off-brand knock offs hit the scene, I knew that it was over for this shoe. It wasn't one of my personal favorites, but for those who invested the $995.00 that the shoe retails for, now what do you do with them?

For the "average" working woman, luxury and designer pieces aren't always accessible. So what's the best course of action for looking trendy, but not blowing your budget? And how do you stay current, without having to constantly make the monetary investment required to keep up with trends? My advice is DON'T! 

Not every trend works for every woman's personal style, taste, body type and budget. When you're building or adding to your wardrobe, consider your lifestyle and whether or not you can remix the item and wear it in different ways. Does the piece have classic attributes that will allow you wear it for a number of seasons or years? And of course, there's always fast fashion. If you're not willing or able to make a big investment on a trend, opt for a lower-cost option from retailers such as Zara, H&M, Shein, Boo Hoo, etc.

Trends are great, but the most memorable fashionistas are the ones who do it their way - the ladies who are not afraid to make their own personal style statement and forego traditional and accepted fashion "norms." Don't feel pressured to jump on the latest fashion bandwagon. Your fashion choices should be personally flattering and meaningful to you.

Let me know what you think. How do you make your style selections and make commitments to a trend? Add your comment below, or visit me on Facebook or Instagram.

Thanks for you stopping by, and as always:

Be Fearless. Stay Fashionable. Have Fun!