**My dearest friend, sister, and fashion mentor, Shayna, will be delivering today’s guest post!! She’s got great taste so you all are in for a treat. As she helps me revamp my wardrobe for the low low (#gradstudentbudget), perhaps she can help you revamp yours and save us all some damn money. Enjoy!**
Hey there, Gemites! Gemians! Gemers! Thank you (and Notorious G.E.M) for letting me guest blog on over here this fine Monday morning.
A little two piece and a biscuit about me: I’m a fashion addict. I live at thrift and consignment stores. I’m pretty sure that I’m really a 70 year old lady in a 24 year old’s body. I love everything vintage, classic and 1940s and beyond. I’m probably cheaper than your great-grandpa during the Depression and refuse to spend more than $20 on pretty much anything. Yup, think that’s everything – now let’s get to the good stuff.
Summer is moving along very quickly *Lady singer from Shaft says “shut yo mouth!”* I know, I know. It’s really sad to think about but we still have a good amount of time to be out and about in the sun looking new paint fresh. As I accumulate summer vacays under my belt, my wallet starts getting lighter and I have less money to spend on the wardrobe. Luckily there are a lot of simple but great ways to perk up your fashion matrix without spending all of your margarita money. Here are 3 ways that you can vamp, revamp and double vamp your oldies but goodies, and some places to shop for the deals.
1. Let’s get busy. This summer has given us some of the best prints and patterns. Tribal, aztec, animal prints, 80s color block, splatter, floral – tons. So adding any of these to an outfit is an easy way to spice up even the simplest combo. This patchwork tunic is from Forever 21. They have a lot of great patterned tanks, dresses and skirt in their sale section. If you are a little pattern shy, you canadd a printed scarf or other accessory to a simple tee and jeans outfit. For my fellas, the same goes for you. Graphic tees are very big right now, and I’ve also seen some very fly pattern tanks at Urban Outfitters for good prices. Their online sales have some colorful stripes but not many other patterns. But look around, they really have been everywhere this summer. So add some zing to your summer wardrobe with a little print or pattern, and stop dressing like Bob from Accounting. And sorry to all the Roberts who happen to manage financial information. I am sure you are very interesting.
2. Life of the Party. Sometimes you really only need one bing bang boom piece in an outfit. An easy way to get this is with a great shoe. Sears.com has a bajillion cute pairs of wedges, flats and heels for women for super great prices. Men folk, I didn’t see as much for you here but Urban Outfitters has a few pair of slip-ons for under $20, as does Asos.com. Shoot for a shoe that really holds its own, and pair it with something simple. This lets you add variety to your normal jeans and tee combos, and gives you the freedom to pair pieces in a new way around your perfect shoe. So be on the hunt for something that pops, and wear it to liven up your summer pieces. You heard Danity Kane – time to put your open toes on and get jazzy.
3. Paper or plastic. This last one is just for the lovely ladies. A very easy way to take on outfit to the next level is an amazing bag. Clutches are very crucial for summer – but hobos, satchels, and long strapped (sometimes called “crossbodies”) bags can do the trick too. Personally I have been loving the look that a good structured bag gives to a free flowing maxi dress and sandals or jeans and a tank. These bags usually resemble doctor bags, or have some other kind of structured shape to them with short handle straps. I’ve talked on my blog about my open love affair with my flea market doctor bag find. It pairs well with any outfit, dressy or casual, and gives a very put together feel to either. Target has a really nice variety of great bags for a good price right now. Some are over the $20 I like to spend by not by much, so give their site and stores a good once over. Also go to your local thrift, consignment and second-hand shops and look for bags there. Most of the bags that I really love were flea market or thrift store finds. This quilted red leather clutch was from a Salvation Army for $3. I pair it with nothing more than a pair of jeans a grey tee to add a little something to the outfit. Bags are very essential to pulling an easy breezy look together, and with these great prices you don’t have to feel bad one bit about buying a lot of them. So next time someone tells you that you have a lot of baggage, tell them athankyou.
So there it is. Three very simple ways to sparkle up the summer clothes and keep looking good on in to fall. What are your go-to pieces to make an outfit? Anything I missed?
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