10 Ways to Work Trends into Your Wardrobe with Ease & Style

Fashion trends are fun. They’re new and fresh and different and when we’re wearing them, they make us feel like we’re part of the In crowd. But the key to building a long-lasting and polished wardrobe that will stand the test of time, guarantee you look stylish for decades, and keep your bank account intact, is not to fall for every passing fashion trend, but to work them in modestly with ease and style.

Here are 10 tips to keep you looking stylish and modern without falling for every trend that pops up.

  • 10 Ways to Incorporate Trends with Style! 1 of 11

    The best way to incorporate new trends is to do it sparingly, and purposefully. Here are 10 tips to keep you looking stylish and modern without falling for every trend that pops up.


    I love this outfit in particular because it includes quality items, vintage pieces, costume jewelry and accessories, and even a DIY!


    Photo + Outfit Details: Summer Crop & Traveled Style

  • Choose Quality over Quantity 2 of 11

    With so much fast fashion at our fingertips, it's easy to spend our paychecks on feeling fashionable, but it's not always worth it. Choosing one quality item a season, even if you have to save your pennies the entire season before, and buying a classic item you can use or wear for years to come is not only a smart investment, it's also better on the environment. 


    Photo: 3.1 Phillip Lim Handbag & Tom Ford Sunglasses

  • Pantone Color of the Year 3 of 11

    Find out what the Pantone color is of the season {see Pantone Color of the Year 2014} and find a few accessories in the shade to add to your outfits. You may already have a few in your closet to take last year's look into the new season!

  • Be Unique! 4 of 11

    Style is not based on trends. It's based on your individuality, and how you incorporate and use what's trending in your own unique way, so get creative and use what may already be in your closet to create something new. Be yourself, and be a trend setter!


    Photo: Winter White & Big Curls

  • Do It Yourself! 5 of 11

    DIY it! Many items these days are fairly simple to recreate on your own. Flip through DIY blogs, & online and print magazines for a feel of what's buzzing and make it yourself. A few years ago when Houndstooth print made a huge comeback, rather than spending a fortune on a trendy new pair, I updated some old leather pumps that I never wore with this Houndstooth DIY: Liven Up Old Pumps and you can too!


    Find more style inspiration in my DIY Archive

  • Dress for Your Body Shape! 6 of 11

    Always find a way to flaunt your assets and disguise your flaws. No matter how trendy an item is, if it doesn't work with your body shape, then it won't make you feel good anyway.


    Photo: Yellow Skirt + DIY Black Puff Sleeve Top

  • Use Accessories! 7 of 11

    Accessories are really the easiest way to incorporate current trends into your wardrobe without blowing the budget. I like to collect vintage costume jewelry because I can find it on the cheap at thrift shops. It's usually made so well that it looks better than new trendy costume jewels. And if you want to update your basic wardrobe and you know that Orchid is the color for spring, for instance, look for a scarf, necklace, belt, or bracelet in the hue to pair with what you already have in your closet for a fresh and modern look!


    Photo: Layering Necklaces Tutorial

  • Find the Fine Line and Walk It 8 of 11

    Just because looking like a stripper is trendy doesn't mean you should dress like one. It's one thing if you're 20 and heading to a club, but otherwise, save it for Halloween.* Many new trends are geared for a younger demographic. A good rule to follow? If you wore it the first time around, you may want to avoid the trend this time. Especially if it's super short, cut-off denim shorts. However, finding a similar item or style or accessory to incorporate with your wardrobe will be what makes your outfit feel fresh and even in style.


    * Cofession, this was actually a costume!

    Photo: DIY Merida Costume Tutorial + Hair & Makeup

  • Opt for Vintage! 9 of 11

    Fashion trends, as with most things in this world, come and go in phases and patterns so if you know what you're looking for, you're likely to find a vintage version of it at a fraction of the price at your local thrift shop. This is also better for the environment, especially if you can wash it at home and hang it to dry.


    See more: Tips for Shopping, Buying, & Collecting Vintage


    Outfit seen in: 9 Cozy Chic Ways to Wear Skinny Cords this Winter

    Photo not shown but from this outfit Skinny Black Cords with Emerald Green

  • Give it a Trial Run 10 of 11

    I know that I said to shop and buy quality over quantity, but sometimes you need to try a look out before you're sure if this newest trend is a fad or a forever item. So on occasion, you might want to find a less expensive version of it to make sure it will look good on your body and stand the test of time. For instance, I am a bit of a sunglasses collector, and I always buy quality shades, but I wasn't sure if this round frame would work with my face shape, so I found a pair for $10 to try out. And ya know what? I'm still wearing them years later!


    Photo: Cheapy Sunglasses

    Recent outfit post wearing them: Jet Planes, Islands, Tigers on a Gold Leash

  • Fabulous is Better than Trendy! 11 of 11

    Remember that personal style is always trendy. Be consistently fabulous and you'll always be in style!


    Sure I just used this outfit for my recent Ways To Wear Skinny Cords post, but it's my latest favorite personal style example. If I could wear a version of it every day, I would. Until I got bored, that is!


    Still trying to figure out what your personal style is? Let it evolve over time and click here for a little help: Tips to Cultivating Your Own Personal Style


    Photo: Winter Whites with Classic Colors




I have been “collecting” my wardrobe since my late teens and now that I’m in my late 30s, and still wearing items I bought 15 years ago, they make me feel more “stylish” than any new trend that appears on the runways. With a collection mentality, I also am able to splurge on items that I know I’ll use 20 years down the line and save on items that I know I won’t use much. It also means my closet is full of special items that can be mixed and matched and reworn in new and different ways to create modern looks that still identify with my very own style and that, I love.

Article Posted 3 years Ago

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