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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

what i wore... (budget) summer trend edition and how to wear them!!

As I get older I am finding myself getting more interested in style trends. What does not interest me? Is spending a ton of money trying to keep up with them!

Here are some trends that you can try on a budget or even free! I think we all have at least some of these items already in our closets or beauty bag. It is all about re-working them into your summer wardrobe and making a trend fit your existing style.

Colored Jeans

Huge this past fall and winter. Still a big trend for summer! I found a pair of bright pink jeans at my local Goodwill but they were not quite my favorite color. So I bought a box of Rit dye and dyed them a beautiful scarlet red. The total cost was under $10 for the jeans and the dye. Be creative and always think outside the box! Forever 21, Old Navy and retailers like Ross or TJ Maxx are all inexpensive places to buy trendy items like colored jeans, because lets be honest who knows how long a trend will last! 

Top Macys, colored jeans Anthro (not budget friendly, but a must have!) , boots local store.

Maxi dresses and skirts

I am so happy that maxi's are still here. By far my favorite trend ever! They are as comfortable as Pj's and they are easy to dress up or down. If you go buy one thing for your summer wardrobe buy a maxi! You don't need to shell out a ton of dough either, maxi dresses and skirts were very big in the late 80's and 90's so you might have good luck finding them at thrift stores for a bargain.
 If you wear a top over a maxi dress it gives the appearance of a skirt giving you more style options from your maxi.

Chambray top thrifted, maxi skirt TJ Maxx, sandals Disneyland, sunnies online store.


This trend might sound scary but when you include it into your style it can look not only chic, but fun too. The goal is NOT to look like a glow stick! I find adding subtle touches to your style are the remedy for that. Think nail polish, scarves or a cardigan (see pic below) you can wear with a ton of different outfits. Not only subtle but very budget friendly too! Just make sure when you wear a neon piece to keep the rest of your outfit relatively neutral, see pic below.

Top Ella Moss thrifted, neon cardigan thrifted, J Crew shorts thrifted, leopard belt Target, wedges Maureces.

High Waisted Skirts and Shorts

I love the look of high waisted skirts but I have yet to find high waisted shorts I like on myself. But I will keep my eyes open, I would really like a pair. 
The most flattering way to wear a high waisted skirt is to wear it on the very smallest part of your waist. I love to belting my skirts too. Adding some cute belts can really revamp your wardrobe for very little cash. I like to buy mine at Forever 21, TJ Maxx and the thrift store of course.

Top thrifted, skirt F21, belt F21, heals thrifted.


Add some metallic bracelets or nail polish to you outfit. I like metallic nail polish because it goes with everything! 
Plus I think we all have a metallic color in our nail kits already , don't we?


pleated poppy


nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...

Totally agree about the neon, it can look like a glowstick if not done right...

I can't rock the high-waisted shorts, because I'm only 4'11", but a skirt may be cute...

Colored jeans are tons of fun...the rockstars at Old Navy that I'm wearing at my WIWW are my favorite.

Visiting from WIWW...


Alyssa said...

Love the idea of dyeing pants! I wanted to do the same thing but haven't found a good pair of jeans yet! All your outfits are really cute! Those Anthro jeans are just GREAT! Happy Wednesday!!

Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

I'm loving your style!

Fashion By Alicia said...

Great tips! I love that you dyed some skinnies.

Nicole Feliciano said...

Love the maxi skirt1 Thanks for showing off your style this week on Monday Mingle.

Kim, USA said...

Thanks for the tips I like it. And your outfit are gorgeous!

Savvy Southern Chic said...

All great tips!

Alesha said...

I found your blog via The Pleated Poppie’s WIWW link up! I like your outfits and the theme verse on your blog. Looking forward to getting to know you through your blog!
Alesha <3

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Love the tied up denim shirt and maxi combo!