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Style is subjective.

OASAP top c/o// PX shorts (similar here)// Thrifted clutch (similar here) Sassy Steals necklace (similar here)// Alex and Ani bracelets// Sassy Steals shoes (similar here)
I’m not exactly sure where my obsession with fashion began. I mean, I’ve obviously always loved clothes and looking nice, but it took on a new meaning sometime in the last few years. I became obsessed with shopping and by obsessed, I mean I did it (maybe do it?) a few times a week. 
I love designer brands just as much as the next girl but let’s be honest, they’re not in my budget. Sure, I will splurge on sunglasses or a purse here and there but for the most part, my clothes are all relatively inexpensive. And even if I buy clothes from “nicer” stores, I’ve gotten them during a sale or used a coupon. 
Things go on sale all of the time and I don’t see a need to pay full price. Even if I had all the money in the world, the hunt for a good bargain is always more fun than actually buying the item and bringing it home. I mean, getting it for a super great deal is the best part! 
But when I’m shopping, I’m not really worried about what’s “trendy”; I’m drawn to certain things and start matching them in my head with what I already have in my closet. I love to mix old things with new things and think outside the box. 
My entire outfit up there? Under $30 (minus the bracelets, but those were Mother’s Day gifts). I paired the black and white top with the blue shorts because I loved the way the shorts popped against the top. I played around with wedges, sandals, and pumps and at the end of the day, they would have all worked depending on where we were going. 
My point? Style is subjective. You have to wear what you feel comfortable in and what you can afford. Designer brands are great and heck, if I could afford them, I would wear them as much as I could. But there are plenty of stores and brands out there that are just as cute and more affordable. You don’t have to have a million bucks to look like a million bucks. 
Some tips?
Secondhand. This used to gross me out but I mean, you wash it anyway right? Plato’s Closet, Bookoo, Ebay, garage sales; you can seriously find barely worn and almost new clothing if you take the time to look. 
Department stores: Stores you wouldn’t normally frequent, right? Stores like Sears, JC Penny, Macy’s, etc. These stores are always running sales AND you can usually use coupon on top of it. Try the Womens and Juniors departments and play around. Maybe the jeans won’t fit you in one place but the tops will. It’s okay to mix and match. 
Purge. Yes, it’s important to purge your closet every 6 months or so to make room for the new stuff. Whether you donate it or sell it through one of the above mentioned outlets, you can make some money or at the very least, some more room for new things. 
Trade with friends. Do you have friends who are the same size as you? Swap your clothes out and it’s like a brand new closet! My friend and I did this a few weeks ago and we received a ton of new things without paying a dime. It made us feel like we were shopping but clearly our bank accounts were happier. 
Be picky. You can find a “good deal” everyday, but hold out for the ones that are really good or for things you know you’ll wear. I have things sitting in my closet because “they were a great deal!” and I haven’t touched them yet. 
Be you. I wear whatever I want because I want to, not because a magazine says I have to. I love to draw inspiration and keep trends in the back of my mind but at the end of the day, I wear things because I genuinely love them. 
At the end of the day, I think we’re all stylish. I love looking at everyone’s different style and seeing how they wore something vs. how I would have worn it. It’s what makes us unique and keeps fashion alive and fun! It would be boring if we all dressed the exact same, right?
How do you choose what to buy and wear? Do you have a certain style? How do you save money?

 

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