Friday, January 18, 2013

5th Ave to Your Neighborhood

Welcome to our 300th blog post!

Wouldn't you just love to go shopping with the cast from Sex and the City?
The Kardashian clan?

Between reality-tv shows, glossy magazines, and style blogs, we are surrounded by jealousy - including images on a daily basis. A Kardashian sister toting one of her infamously many Hermes Birkin Bags (which can be a cool $10,000 a pop), Black Lively hitting the Red Carpet in a head-to-toe Chanel look, or Alexa Chung, with her namesake satchel, sitting front row at the Mulberry Runway Show. It's hard not to feel a pang of envy when you see young stars and their seemingly endless supply of designer goods.

Personal style blogs are yet another instigator of envy. Jealously affecting real girls and how they deal.

Some girls don't seem to have a job other than blogging, have closets stocked full of Proenza Schoulder, Alexander Wang, and Celine. Most of use don't have the funds to support that kind of wardrobe. Despite some girls desire to keep up with the latest trends, many teens find that financial concerns hold them back. To pay for new clothes and accessories, some girls work multiple jobs and save their earnings. Particularly appealing are positions at shops in the mall or stylish boutiques because of the discounts they often offer their employees.

Celebrities may been unconcerned with the cost of their outfits, but it has less to do with the reckless spending than with the fact that many are not heading to the checkout counter in the first place.

The majority of the clothing you see celebrities wearing is often loaned or gifted to them. Those gorgeous red carpet gowns? Samples borrowed from designer showrooms. That hot-off-the-runway, not-yet-in-stores handbag? A present from the Fashion House.

How can you keep up in today's world of fast fashion? One word: SALES!

Discount designer stores like Saks Fifth Avenue off 4th and Last Call by Neiman Marcus. If you can't wait for seasonal sales to pick up the latest runway looks, stores like Zara and Topshop offer high-fashion-inspired items without the frightening price tag.

Seasons are like a cycle, so items that were once worn two decades ago are trendy again! don't have a fashion-forward parent or sibling? Browse your local vintage or consignment shops. They often feature similarly unique treasures and can offer incredible deals.

It doesn't matter if it's a t-shirt from Target or a winter coat from Prada, wardrobe continuity is key so that regardless of the season, your pieces can be easily mixed and matched.

Whether you're vintage shopping, scouring discount websites, or reworking your previously worn clothes, style isn't about the volume of clothing in your closet but how you work with what you've got. Keep in mind that celebrities have personal stylists and that fashion bloggers make their job to have perfectly put-together outfits. You may never totally kick your fashion envy, but you can use it to your advantage.

Whatever your fashion budget, in the end, it all comes down to your creativity and personal style.

See you next time,


Happy Shopping!

1 comment:

  1. I cannot say how happy I was when Meredith came to me and let me write Beauty O'holic's 300th post! Those beauty bloggers who are interested in getting their name out there, please contact Meredith. She's amazing.


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