I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but it is extremely difficult being a fashionista. As Heidi Klum would say, “One day you’re in, and the next day, you’re out.” This applies less to fashionistas and more to the trends they follow, but it’s basically the same principle.
One minute we’re supposed to wear skinny pants, you go out, and buy a pair of skinny pants. Then, they tell you that wide-legs are back, so of course, you just have to get your hands on some wide-legs. Trapeeze dresses? out. Mini skirts? gone. Shirt dresses? well…it really just depends!
And suddenly, collections is calling your house and you’re in up past your neck with credit card bills and clothes that are no longer in fashion. See what I mean? Being a fashionista, not for the faint of heart.
On the other hand, there can be a balance. There are successful fashionistas in the world out there, and I think I am beginning to catch on. The trick? Don’t buy into every trend. Buy designer accessories and classic items that may be a little more expensive, but will last a whole lot longer, both physically and fashionably.
If there is a trend you have to try, think about it and try to remember if you’ve seen it before. If you have, chances are it is only of the moment. If it’s outlandish, chances are, it won’t survive. These pieces are so much fun to wear, but there is no need to go shopping at Prada (um hello, does anyone remember the infamous turban from last Fall?). Look for trendy clothes at places like Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe. You won’t pay a fortune for them and they’ll last for about as long as the trend. When it’s over, you won’t feel sad about putting it in a bag to donate.
More expensive investments should be made in accessories. You can never go wrong with a classic designer bag in a red or neutral color. I cannot think of a better example than Chanel, but then again, I am a Chanel lover all the way. Things like coats, cashmere, and good, sturdy shoes are all worth spending a little extra money on.
Keeping up with the times is so much fun, but it definitely has its monetary challenges. Look at each piece of clothing and accessory as an investment and consider how much it will be worth a year or two from now. It’s not always easy, but someone has to keep ELLE in business.
Just remember, that trends are constantly changing. One day you’re in and the next day, you’re out, but some things never go out of style. So, be GORGEOUS.