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

Posted 2 years ago by

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. If I still want the trend after a month or two, I’ll give in.


3. Go for jewlery

Use 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?


4 Great Ways to Up Your Water Intake

Posted 2 years ago by

Tired, fatigued or worn out? Has your skin been extra dry lately? You could just be dehydrated. Our body uses a lot of water to function daily, meaning we need to consume just as much as our body puts out, if not more.

Doctors want us to drink at least eight (8oz) glasses of water a day. Unfortunately, coffee and soda don’t count. Neither do drinks like Vitamin Water and Gatorade. One bottle of Vitamin Water has 100 calories! Multiply that by 8 and you’re looking at a whooping 800 calories a day just in liquid. Just stick to your basic tap water.

Here are a few great ways to remember to get enough H20 for a happy and healthy you:

1. Carry around a water bottle in a bright fluorescent color.

Have one at school/work and one at home so you don’t have to worry about forgetting it anywhere. Every time you take a glance at your electric yellow or hot pink water bottle you’ll be reminded to take a sip. Try filling it up twice at work/school and twice at home. Setting goals for yourself will make it more fun!

2. Tally up your total water intake.

Carry around a notebook and tally up your water consumption. Or even make a tally on your water bottle with a dry erase marker.  Try and get to four during the day and four in the evening. Getting to ten (80z) glasses would be even better!

3. Drink tea!

Get hydrated with tea, hot or cold! Just make sure you keep sugar, milk and cream out of it. Green tea is a great option with a lot of added health benefits. If you have a hard time drinking tea without sweetener, give rooibus a try. It’s naturally sweet!

4. Drink a full glass of water before every snack and meal.

This could even help you control your calorie intake. A lot of times when we’re hungry we’re actually just thirsty.

If you follow these tips you’ll notice a difference in no time!


The 7 Worst Fashion Trends of 2012 According to You

Posted 2 years ago by

We asked you via Facebook and Twitter what your least favorite fashion trends of 2012 were. Here’s what you said:

1. Mustache jewelry and prints

We agree x 1033928392482842!

2. Sneaker Wedges

Isabel Marant must have had the whole world drugged, because everyone and their mother had a pair in 2012. But we agree…the sneaker wedge trend was U-G-L-Y. Personally, we liked the high top sneaker and Converse trend much better.

But we aren’t going to lie, these sneaker wedges are adorable.

Isabel Marant Wedge: $650 (similar for less)

3. Crazy Uggs

The fact that Uggs are still a thing is already a bit crazy, but Uggs with zebra or sequins…come on! If you’re under the age of ten, you’re excused.

 Exotic Uggs: $240

Sequin Uggs: $190

4. Neon Satchels

It gives us a headache just looking at someone with one. Also, they’re expensive.

Why spend almost $200 on a bag that will only work with a few outfits? Stick with a pastel satchel instead; they’re cute AND easy on the eyes.

5. Crop Tops

We so agree! If you pair them with low rise jeans you look like you have seriously bad posture — even if you don’t. They’re also a tad frumpy. Pair them with high-waisted pants or shorts instead for a classier look.

6. Camouflage

We at B&C don’t hate it. But, we understand why others might.

7. Half Shaved Hair

This trend is a few years old, but we still don’t like it. Avril Lavigne and Ellie Goulding are the most recent victims.

What do you think? Do you agree with our other readers? Let us know in the comments below!


Reinvent Your Thrifted Clothing with These Tips

Posted 3 years ago by

The options for reinventing thrifted clothing are endless. The less you spend on an item, the more willing you are to experiment with it.

One of the easiest ways to make thrifted, outdated clothing more modern is to update and tweak them. It’s a great way to get into some DIY and you’ll end up with some really awesome results.

1. Take the shoulder pads out of vintage blazers. Sometimes the pad is on the outside, which is easy to cut out, but sometimes it’s on the inside. It requires a little more deconstruction, but it’s totally worth it.

Here’s a great post for inspiration: Blazer Rehab

2. Get a maxi dress or skirt hemmed to make it more modern. Even better, hem it longer in the back and shorter in the front like many of the fishtail skirts on the runway this season. Alterations aren’t to expensive. You shouldn’t have to spend more than $10 an item. Try your local dry cleaners, just shop around for the best pricing.

This is a helpful tutorial for doing it yourself: DIY Fishtail Skirt

3. Turn mom jeans into cute high waisted cutoffs by cutting off the legs. Distress them and add studs for a really fun look.

Check out this post for tips: DIY Studded Denim

4. Dye or spray paint a piece of thrifted jewelry a different color.

There are so many options for this, but here’s a good tutorial to start with: DIY Neon Jewelry

Have you altered your thrifted clothing into something wonderful? Send your results to for a possible feature!

About the author: Natalie Garza is Broke & Chic’s resident thrift & vintage expert, and the voice behind The Closet de Natalie. She loves to mix thrifted treasures with classic wardrobe staples to create a unique style that’s all her own. Click here for more of her articles.


Trend Alert: Are the 80’s Coming Back?

Posted 4 years ago by

We had an 80’s comeback between 2002-2005 with leg warmers, netted gloves, vibrant tights, and short skirts over pants. It was mainly popular with the under 17 crowd and almost completely disappeared when the status bag trend took over. But I think it’s back with a whole new twist! Since 2009 I’ve seen people rock the acid wash skinny jeans, fitted neon shirts, and mood rings, but  in the past 6 months its become trendier than ever. I’ve seen it everywhere, and from every sub-culture. What do you think?

Try American Apparel and Forever 21 for fitted neon shirts and tanks ($25 and under!)

Try Hot Topic (only $2.99) or thrift stores for a real vintage mood ring!

Try H&M, Forever 21, Target, and Necessary Clothing in Soho for acid wash skinny jeans ($30 and under!)