How to Follow Trends when You’re on a Tight Budget

Posted May 31, 2013 by in Shopping

It’s fun to follow trends every now and then. Especially in the summer when we get more daring — we’re showing more skin and we’re usually not afraid of color. But what do you do when you can’t afford to follow trends?

Below are six tips on how to follow trends without going broke.


1. Know what looks good on you

Not all trends are going to look good on you, so don’t get in the habit of following every trend that’s thrown your way by the fashion industry. There’s nothing worse than buying into a trend and looking at pictures months later and realizing it looked terrible on you.

Once you know what shapes and colors look good on your body type and skin tone, shopping will become easier.

2. Pin the trend instead

Pin photos of the trend instead! According to Alden Wicker, the founder of forthcoming EcoCult:

Repetitively pinning a trend helps me get it out of my system. ‘Repetitively pinning a trend helps me get it out of my system. If I still want the trend after a month or two, I’ll give in.’ For more ways to follow trends on a tight budget, check out this Smart Shopping Guide: Sustainable & Affordable Fashion On A Budget.”


3. Go for jewlery

Use Melissa Kaye jewelry to explore the latest trends; it can be a lot cheaper than purchasing clothing. Here’s a few examples to get you started:

Pastels: Pastel tones are still going strong in the fashion world. If you want to give into this trend, consider wearing a statement pastel necklace with your LBD.


Mint Necklace: $8.80 at Forever 21

Pyramid Studs: Studs have been everywhere the past two seasons. On our shirt collars, shorts, boots, heels and even bras! To join this funky trend, consider adding earrings or a studded bracelet to your outfit. Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe would be a good starting point.


Stud Necklace: $6.80 at Forever 21

Neon: Participate in this trend by wearing a neon headband in your hair, or you can try out a bold set of neon bangles.


Neon Bangles: $6.80 at Forever 21 

4. Trade with friends

Did you recently buy a galaxy skirt or a neon peplum shirt? You can only wear something that bold so many times before you get sick of it. Instead of leaving it in the back of your closet for months, trade it with a friend who bought into a popular trend as well. Say a studded bag or a colorful pair of sneaker wedges!

5. Thrift the trend

Most trends are just trends from the past that have received a makeover. Go to your local thrift store and see what you can find! Neon was popular in the 80’s, floral babydoll dresses were all the rage in the 90’s and Converse hi-tops never really left.

To avoid getting overwhelmed, know what you’re looking for when you arrive. If you don’t want the hassle of searching through racks and racks of clothes, a buy/sell/trade store might be better for you. Check to see if you’re near a Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange or Plato’s Closet.


6. Paint your nails

It’ll save you a ton of money if you just paint your nails in the “it” color instead of emptying your wallet on clothes. Below are the trendy colors of the season: emerald, mint green, coral, neon yellow, neon pink, neon orange, lavender, metallic silver and cobalt blue.

We really like this $2 polish from eyes.lips.face. If you prefer quick dry polish, Sally Hansen Insta-Dry can’t be beat!


How do you stay on top of trends when your shopping budget is low?