Honesty I’m having a love hate relationship with fashion and shopping in general right now. It seems like with all the sales and everyone being at home with their phones and computers 24 x 7 at their disposal right now, the temptation to shop has become even greater than usual. I’m torn, on one hand I justify shopping because these times are stressful and as I am spending less in general (not spending as money on other categories such as travel, gas, activities with friends and eating out) why not treat myself on something that brings small joys. But on the other hand these things are not necessities and I could be saving this money instead, potentially investing it. Plus, where am I seriously going to out in these new clothes, I mean maybe to the grocery but between you and me I’d feel slightly over dressed. To be honest it’s a constant fight inside my mind, seeing IG full of bloggers and sales being advertised on brands that typically weren’t as affordable the temptation is real. So my strategy has been to limit the content I intake on social media advertising fashion (there’s sections on FB and IG where you can opt of seeing ads from brands that you find tempting to look at) & to have balance. I’m not going to completely avoid the joy I get from shopping for clothes but I am going to come up with a game plan by limiting myself to 5 things for both the fall and winter season and purchase them only when they go on sale. Below are the 5 trends I’ve seen and the shops I’m eyeing them at. Also for the remainder of the year I’ll only be shopping during Labor Day and Black Fridays sales as I feel these will be the times I’ll able to get the best deals on the below items.
I think the key is treat yourself to a few items that bring you joy but to stay strong and limit the purchases you make. Make a list before hand and stick to only getting those items. Don’t casually browse shopping websites, but only go on when you know the items you’ve identified will have a deal. Good luck: )
Whenever I see posts highlighting fashion trends of the season, I always see fun looks that appear great on whoever is modeling them, but I myself don’t necessarily feel comfortable venturing out in. If you feel confident in rocking the look, by all means go for it! Though for me personally, I feel the most confident incorporating trends in a way that fits my style, which has transitioned to be more on the minimalist end. This has been the case especially now, when typically the highlight of my day is either taking a walk around my neighborhood, dressing up for a zoom call or heading into the grocery store. So I’ve made a list of ways to subtly incorporate these trends so you can still feel fashionable, comfy and don’t feel overdressed when on a grocery run. For me, the perfect quarantine outfit is dressing up in something that I would have worn to a casual brunch with a friend, easy breezy but still cute. To be more specific, this a friend you’re already close with and aren’t trying to impress but still put in the effort for because you know you’ll want to get cute matching pics after. TMI?? Okay, here are the trends I’m incorporating into my daily wardrobe :
The Material: Linen
Obsessed with button downs. Below are some great options:
The Color: Mustard Yellow -> I used to strongly dislike this color but now it’s grown on me and I’m obsessed. Currently this shade embodies the epitome of summer for me.
This smocked top from Amazon has a very flattering square neckline and the smocking detail is very on trend. Also, great price point.
Key Trend: Puffed Sleeves
Obsessed with this print from H&M with puffed sleeves. Very Parisian vibe.
This is an A&F dress with puffed sleeves made out of linen, checking off three of my favorites on this list so it’s definitely a win win. Honestly, I think A&F has completely re-branded itself and has been coming up some all over amazing pieces, but they are still incredibly pricey in my opinion (my parents probably wished I came across this realization when I was in high school and was obsessed the brand). So the key is to shop when there’s a sale, which is typically during a long weekend/holiday weekend.
Key Pieces: Dresses + Tanks/T-Shirts
My go to summer outfit has been these t-shirts and my Levi jeans or shorts. These shirts from Everlane go with everything and are SO comfortable.
Just ordered these tanks from Everlane , I wanted something sleeveless to wear when I’m going on those bike rides to air out the sweat (if you know what I mean). I think of these as a summer form of the t-shirt. I can’t wait to wear this tucked into jean shorts with a brown belt and some Birkenstocks. I ordered this tank in a burnt orange and pale pink shade .
This dress from Etsy looks so light weight, perfect for the summer weather and its in the my favorite color for the season, you guessed it. Mustard yellow!!
So this is definitely a fun piece for me in stepping outside my comfort zone. I love the easiness of the piece with the cut of it and fact that it’s a bodysuit. The color scheme is basically the epitome of a popsicle stick color palette incorporated into a summer clothing item. I bought this piece when it was on sale, tbh I wouldn’t pay full price for it though as I think it’s a bit overpriced.
The Loose Jean: Not going to lie jeans are definitely not the most comfortable thing to rock but to be honest it’s one of those pieces that always makes me feel great and completes my outfit effortlessly. So what can be better than having a jean that is loose and comfortable, plus is in a style that makes you look good??!!A recent discovery of mine were the Levi’s 501. FYI, shockingly the place I’ve found it to be the cheapest is Macy’s. They go on sale from time to time (in the past 4 months I’ve seen it go on sale twice, every single time Levi’s also had a sale), ship for free and are typically always in stock for every size. The color selection isn’t the best on the site but they have a light wash and a darker wash. I linked the one I bought as I like my jeans to have a of a darker wash. I would recommend going down one size for this wash.
The Jewelry : Hoop earrings. They go with everything, are a classic for years to come and add an extra touch to your outfit.
Birkenstocks – When these came out, I literally thought they were the ugliest shoes of all time but I have since been converted. They’ve been my go to summer shoes for the last few years because they are durable, go with everything (do we see a trend here??!!), are very comfortable, easy to slip into and give you an added bit of height with the cushioning.
Reeboks : I know the Vejas are all the trend but I find that the Reeboks give the same exact look except for a fraction of the price. They are amazingly comfy and go with just about every outfit. I also love the look of the vintage cream color.
P.S. I know matching sweatsuits were huge and still are but frankly I’ve been limiting it to once a week cause it’s been way too hot to rock lately and yah they’re comfy but for me I just feel a little more back in with the norm when I dress up a bit. But I caved and here’s a compromise, my take on summer version of sweatsuit that’s a bit more put together.
I’m going to be outlining my top 5 places that I’ve been using to add staples to my business casual wardrobe. I would describe my work style as minimalistic, I feel more confident when I’m wearing pieces that don’t require high maintenance and I find the sites below have great options for that! My approach is to find key basics that I can mix and match and create a wide variety of outfits with.
Uniqlo ($$) I’ve gotten 80% of my basic work pieces from here. They have a very affordable price point and the pieces are great quality that can be interchanged with multiple outfits. My favorites are their work pant, their skirt and this blouse.
Zara ($$$) Zara is great for if you want to buy trendy work pieces for a reasonable price. They’ve been coming out with more and more sales each year, where you snag great work pants, blazers and button downs with personality. Zara has great options for you if you’re someone who wants to dress business casual but still add some quirkiness to your outfit. Also, kind of random but they have a very underrated jewelry and perfume selection for a great price!
Everlane ($$$$) Everlane makes great high quality basics but they are investments. This is not the site to go to if you’re an impulse buyer. Personally, I save up for these pieces and wait a good amount of time to see whether I still really want the item before purchasing. My first and only piece from them is the day heel in black suede. I really wanted a heel that could basically go with everything in my wardrobe and was comfortable enough to wear all day long. Having that extra height really gives me confidence so I felt this was an investment I wanted to make. I’ve worn them already because I have to wear everything I own right away and so far so good!! Really eyeing their modern loafer and their everyday tote for fall!!
Target ($$) You can always find some great deals in their women’s section but my favorite brand that they sell is Universal Thread(which I believe is a dupe for Madewell). The pieces from this brand lean more on the casual side, but you can definitely find ways to dress them up with a great blazer or work pant. This top is a great example of this. If you’re someone who wants to be able to incorporate your work pieces into your everyday casual outfits, this is a great place to shop!
H&M ($$) I’ve heard so many great things about their slacks!! This is the place to go if you get bored with your clothes easily and like to change it up, since their pieces aren’t the best quality but are definitely on the less pricey side.
Honorable Mention: Aritzia ($$$$) Every single time I see their pieces I’m amazed at how work friendly they are because this is not the kind of store known for their work wear. I would call Aritizia a pricier, less eccentric version of Zara. The reason for the honorable mention instead of on my list is that first, I don’t actually own any clothing from them so I can’t speak on quality and second I can’t justify that price for myself because I’ve either found cheaper options or they’re pieces are more on the fleeting trend side. If this store is within your budget, I would say it’s a great option!
Please share if there are any other websites/ stores that you are your go to’s!