top, jeans & clutch are all on
As I've matured in my sense of style, I've also matured in my shopping
There's nothing wrong with a good Forever 21 shopping spree, but I've found that it's easy to get persuaded by cheap prices instead of the actual quality of the items. I've really tried to focus more on
. Quality doesn't always have to be the most expensive option though. The other day I heard someone talking about the "price per wear" of an item, which I think couldn't be more accurate. If you're going to wear a pair of jeans 200 times, then paying $200 isn't that ridiculous. But if you're only going to wear them once or twice, then the "investment" hasn't paid off. Trends, like gladiator sandals for example, will eventually be replaced by a new one next season. Although trends do come back in style, the newest version is modified to look fresh and up to date. I love a good vintage piece, but personally I know I would rather have a newer version of a trend than try to make an original version work. Because of that, I chose to spend less on trends, but invest in pieces that I know will last me for years. A good pair of jeans, a simple clutch and nice jewelry will never be a bad investment!
There's something about a minimalistic outfit that continues to catches my eye. I've always thought that there is nothing more chic than a simple outfit that screams effortless but still looks flawless. You know what I'm talking about: that "model off-duty" jeans and a t-shirt look that we all hate to love! I'm so glad this has come back as a trend, so now those days when I'm actually just being lazy can be mistaken for trendy! After reading
How to Be Parisian
, I've had a whole new admiration for the Parisian-chic style. I've really tried to adapt the "less is more" philosophy in all aspects of my life.
I think a big part of pulling of the minimalistic look is the quality of the pieces. Something like a nice pair of jeans or a clutch that has been crafted with clean lines can pull together an outfit to make it look way more expensive than it may actually be. Websites like
are perfect for items like this. They offer a wide range of brands and prices so anyone can find their own perfect item. Another
reason to check them out is for their sales! I 100% believe in investing in good pieces, but I don't think that means having to pay full price.
is great because they sell items that are amazing quality, but also have major markdowns so that it doesn't have to break the bank!