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.
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.