How To Be Trendy On A Budget

If you have been around for a while, you might remember that The Trendy Chick began as a fashion blog where I shared how to rock the latest trends without breaking the bank. Obviously over time it has evolved to share more things, such as travel, college and other lifestyle posts! But today I wanted to go back to the beginning and share a few tips on how to be trendy on a budget. 

 top // jeans (similar) // tote (similar)  // bandana // sandals // bracelet (similar)

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new trends. 
Have you ever seen Instagram models rocking the latest trend, but felt like you could never pull it off, or people would judge you too hard? If so, I completely understand. Even if you feel slightly awkward at first, I suggest still trying a new trend or two every season! This summer I have been all about the bandana trend, but at first I was pretty self conscious to try it because no one I knew in real life was. But I have actually grown to love the look of it, and I get so many compliments on my simple red bandana!

You don’t have to buy your trendy pieces from the trendiest places.
You don’t have to buy the same brand of trendy sunglasses that every gal and her mom has. Often, you can find more affordable versions at a different store and still look flawless! For example, many bloggers who have also been loving the bandana trend have been sharing bandanas that are anywhere from $10-$30. But if I am going to try a trend and maybe only wear it once or twice, I really don’t want to be spending $30 on it. I found this bandana for only $0.99 at Hobby Lobby, and it is just as cute as some you will find in clothing stores.

Shop second hand stores. 
If you aren’t sure if you will like a trend or not, try to find it at a thrift shop or consignment shop! If you read my latest Thrift Haul, you will know that I found a denim skirt for $7 at a consignment shop. I was really excited about this since I had been wanting to get back on the denim skirt bandwagon. But if denim skirts go back out of style soon, that is fine by me because I spent under $10 on it! (Except I am actually really loving this trend so I hope it sticks around lol.)

Always shop the clearance. 

If second hand clothes aren’t your thing, you can still find cheaper pieces at stores in your own mall. I always make a point to check the clearance rack when I am browsing through stores, because sometimes you can find some gems! Just a few weeks ago, I found this pair of ripped boyfriend jeans at Old Navy on clearance for only $17! I usually have the hardest time finding jeans that fit and that I like, so I was thrilled when I found this pair for under $20. 

Don’t be afraid of Forever 21. 

I know many shoppers seem to hate Forever 21, but I personally think it is great for finding trendy pieces! Sometimes you do have to dig through the racks to find what you want, but they always seem to have an abundance of trendy pieces. I also recommend them for accessory trends! From hats to chokers, they have a great selection for good prices. 

Mix cheaper pieces with more expensive pieces.

One of the oldest tricks in the book is to mix cheap and expensive pieces, but it is worth repeating. If you have one or two more expensive pieces, it usually makes your whole outfit look more expensive. I recommend spending a bit more on classic pieces that you know you will wear for years. For me, this usually looks like shoes. I love my Hunter boots, and was okay with paying more since I knew the quality was higher. I have had them for 3 years and still wear them often. 

Do you have any tips for how to stay trendy on a budget? Share in the comments below! 

xo, Scarlett