When To Save & When To Splurge?

Clothes shopping as a college student can get really complicated. Clothes that do not cost as much cost fall apart. Clothes that are well made are so expensive. Where is the middle ground here?

How do you know when to save and when you should splurge?

When I was younger and had no bills I splurged A TON on clothes. It was great for like a year until I moved out and couldn’t do that anymore.

The expensive clothes that I bought were made to last, but I was in no position to keep them for as long as they would last.

My style has really evolved over the past couple years. I have gone from really goth to wannabe pinup to preppy maybe? Some pieces can be used for different styles: I still wear midi skirts from my pinup phase in order to make an outfit retro inspired. But I bought a lot of 1940s dresses which I doesn’t fit my style anymore.

Of course you always think your style will be the same forever, but you have to consider how versatile each piece is when thinking about splurging on it.

If it is something you are not sure about, can you find it cheaper?

There are so many cool ways to find clothes for less nowadays. Thrift shops are great if you have a general idea of what you want. I get very specific though so I look for the exact name on Poshmark. I am able to find a lot of the pricier items there for much less.

Can you find a similar one?

This is #1 thing I do. Learning the basic style names of clothes makes it very easy to find similar items. Such as: peter pan collar, houndstooth, gingham, midi skirt, pussy bow. The technical term narrows down the search significantly.

That is what I did with this outfit. For some reason, this style of dress is really hard to find/ is expensive when found. Unless it is a Wednesday Adams costume apparently.

I found this style of dress on one of my splurgy websites, but is it a style worth splurging on? For me, I did not think so. So I searched everywhere and found a similar one on amazon.

Add a little bit of body text The first one comes with a belt, the second one does not but the second one was 35$ cheaper. I already had a belt so I added that to add a little bit more form to this outfit.

Collared Dress w/ red shoes

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Dress, Similar Belt 1, Similar Belt 2,  Similar Belt 3, Shoes

It is very similar to the more expensive dress. For me, it worked well because I was not looking for a dress to last years.

Also this is fast fashion, it is short termed cute outfits. Unfortunately this is what I can afford as a college student on a budget. But! You can take clothes that rip or break to H&M and they recycle the fabric.

Hopefully this is helpful!

Until next time,

Hailey

 

Friday Favorites

It is Spring Break for me!

I have recently been on a mission to stay inspired. So far it has been going really really well. Fashion wise my life has been going really great and I have GREAT content coming. I am so excited. It has been really hard to keep this mindset and I am so pleased that it has been working.

So let’s stay fashion inspired with this weeks Friday Favorites.

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I am loving putting accessories in my hair so much! They are especially helpful for Georgia summers and keeping hair out of face in the heat! Super excited to be rocking lots of hair accessories this summer. The 2nd one is by Rarity by Casey and her next line drops March 29 (I am so excited)!

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Pearl accessories! I am LOVING these. Pearl hair accessories are amazing to style, with earrings or a pearl dress. Overall really excited for this.

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Block Heels

I have been obsessed with block heels lately! Really easily chic while also comfortable. I can’t wait to style them in coming blog posts!

I am so excited to include these styles going forward, so keep an eye out for them!

Until Next Time,

Hailey

 

 

Friday Favorites: International Women’s Day Edition

Today is International Women’s Day! And it also just so happens to fall on my Friday Favorites Day! I like to do 5 Friday Favorites but I have a lot more today because AWESOME women!

So in honor of International Women’s Day, this week’s Friday Favorites revolve around that!

I have been reading SO many amazing blogs lately, trying to get inspiration and help get out of my rut, so here are some of my favorite blogs run by badass women.

  • Suburban Faux-Pas- The BEST style. Honestly goals through and through. I love how she takes risks with fashions and her unique styling.
  • Tayler Malott- LOVE her style! Classy, chic, and feminine. Also she has all kinds of inspiration on her blog and I love her dedication to positivity.
  • She Saw Style– A darker fashion mood. Love going to her for inspiration for moody fashion.
  • Champagne Edit- I love Dana’s blog. She of course has amazing fashion, but also amazing taste. I love seeing her favorites on her blog!
  • Sequins and Sales- Always have to include Amanda because she is an amazing wonderful person. Not only is she super fashionable, but she has amazing advice and is sooo helpful with blogging!

Books:

I feel like women’s books are always there. Like of course read the Feminist Mystique in your lifetime. But some newer ones:

  • Becoming- Michelle Obama
  • Bad Feminist- Roxane Gay
  • Moral Property of Women- This book is my history major coming out. It is a monograph. It is very intense and indepth. But it is honestly the best and most comprehensive book I have ever read. It is all about birth control history in America, which is really important to understand where we are now. Super recommend, just give it 6 months to read.

Popular Culture:

It is a GREAT time for popular culture and women right now, in my opinion.

If you have not seen Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s new episode He Said, She Said, you really should watch it. It deals with very real issues women face in the workplace. A really remarkable episode and B99 did a great job of presenting it.

Also Captain Marvel comes out today! I do not have set plans to see it yet, but I will update as soon as I do because this is going to be really amazing. I am so excited for it.

Comment some of y’all’s favorite women stuff! Books, brands, blogs, anything!

Until Next Time,

Hailey