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Don’t Be Afraid of the Web, Saving Gas By Avoiding the Mall (Sometimes) and Other Seasonal Advice

Think about your favorite season. Is it spring? Do you love pastels, floral prints and bright colors? Or maybe summer with zesty oranges and electric yellows?

Whatever you love, hopefully you’re ready for the bombshell that is fall. That’s right. Lurking around summer’s youthful corner is the cool breeze, crisp smell and new trends of fall. When fall rolls around, it’s important to stay grounded and focused amid all the new trends.

Courtesy of Forever21.com

If you’re shopping on a college budget, it’s also important to make the best use of your time, because multiple trips to the mall or downtown Columbia can turn into a tricky expense and a waste of time. This week, I’ll share my favorite tricks for narrowing your focus and looking amazing at an even more amazing price.

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First, know where to shop. Although you might feel miles away from Nordstrom, H&M and Forever 21, you can still buy cute, stylish clothes here in Columbia. One of my personal favorites is Plato’s Closet. Because we’re in a college town, online shopping — a great tool if you’re web-savvy and a huge, overpriced warehouse if you’re not — offers brands such as Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Divided by H&M and sometimes more high-end brands such as BCBG Max Azaria and Joe’s.

There are also a ton of vintage resale stores (if you’re into the more retro indie look) such as Maude V (We ALWAYS talk about them). If that’s not your style, there’s Buckle, which usually carries more modern trends and lots of leatherwear, along with other mall favorites. If you’re into the newer, 1990s retro comeback or army fatigue, Macy’s is where you’ll find it.

Madonna and Lourdes launched Material Girl in late August of 2010 — a brand that strongly re-embraces the tutu skirts, bright pink Ts and glittery leggings of the Madonna era. If you’re catering to your inner diva and have a boutique style in mind, I highly recommend Swank. With denim, tuxedo jackets, cocktail dresses, Juicy tracksuits and more, Swank is a boutique that lives in Columbia but has the spirit of the Big Apple and the Windy City breathing in every aisle.

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Next, go with what works for you. As Clinton and Stacy of “What Not to Wear” will tell you, “Tailor, tailor, tailor!” Simply put, fashion is a much larger concept than what we see on E! or read in People. There are some clothes everyone looks good in. My favorite example is stripes. No matter what size you are or how tall you are, you can wear the style, and it can be tailored to fit your personal style and comfort level. The taller or thinner you are, the bigger your stripes can be. If you’re shorter or heavier, they should be thin.

Vertical stripes look best on shorter women and horizontal stripes look best on taller girls. Skinny jeans and “jeggings” aren’t for everyone because the cut of jean might not suit your body type. My advice is to try things on. If you like the skinny, washed denim look but don’t like the fit, go for a boot cut. It’ll present the illusion of a great fitted pair of jeans without obscurely contouring your shape.

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Wear The Trend…Without The Price Tag!

As a Stylist one of the issues that I come across a lot with friends is how to dress like you just stepped off the runway but without the runway price. For many people it can be a challenge but if you think of Fashion as a circle that continuously loops and it does, you will come to find that it is not as hard as you think. Take for instance two of the many trends for Fall 2011, lace and plaid.

 

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Meet Stacy Ike, a Junior Journalism student attending the University of Missouri. I spotted Stacy in Starbucks and immediately fell in love with her cream colored lace dress.

Lace Dress

I thought for sure the dress must have cost over $40! Actually I thought the entire outfit must have cost at least $80 or more. How wrong was I, my thrifting card should probably be taken away for this.  The total price of Stacy’s outfit was $36.98. I looked in amazement as she started listing her finds and the prices.

“80 bucks?! No way! I bought this dress at the Goodwill here in town (Columbia,Mo) for only $7.99, my brown bangles were only a $1.00 from H&M, my necklace (silver) was only $8.00 also from H&M. The most expensive item are my shoes.” A pair of brown Oxfords from Target, only $19.99. Completing the look were a pair of pearl earrings, a family heirloom given to her. “I like to stay trendy but at a price that fits my budget and the Goodwill offers some pretty good finds” says Stacy.

However, for some thrifting may not be your thing which is perfectly fine. You can still stay fashionable by learning to recycle and restylize what you already have in your closet. DaMonica Boone, a Senior Magazine Journalism student, attending the University of Missouri has this down to a T.

I ran into DaMonica at a Resource Fair on campus, the item that caught my eye? Her lace covered hat. “I’ve had this hat for a year, I bought it from ASOS and my shirt I bought two years ago at Urban Outfitters. My pants are from TopShop and my blazer is from H&M and I’ve had both for six months. As for my Burberry rain-boots, I’ve had these for three years now. ” So as you can see it is not as hard as you may think it is to wear what is in season.

While speaking as a guest speaker for the Textile and Apparel Management department, Laura Schuffman, stylist for ABC’s Pretty Little Liar’s, said that “A good stylist knows how to think outside of the clothes.” I would agree as this is key for recreating items you already have but a trendy girl also knows how to think ahead. If you can think outside of your clothes and are somewhat psychic, you will be able to dress in champaign style but on an up and coming fashionista budget!

In my coming post’s, I will show you how to revamp your closet and learn what to keep and what to toss.  As always come back next week for more information on Sustainable Fashion and dressing on the dime.

-Monica

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