Don't-Knock-It-'Til-You-Try-It Trends!


fetchBeing adventurous with your style doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Never nix a trend because because of it’s semi-impracticality again! It’s Trendsetter Thursday, and Justine from Fetching Fashions is here to show you how to try out five fun looks, all for under $100 a pop! Be sure to check out her blog dedicated to featuring affordable, trendy looks, all while revealing a snippet of her personal quest maneuvering in the world of style.

You know what I hate?

When people dismiss a trend before they even try it.

So before you dismiss some of these trends, lovies, take a look at their possibilities. Here are some of my takes on this season’s love/hate trends. To make them affordable, none of the pieces used were more than $100. (Recessionistas rejoice!)

  1. THE SEQUIN LEGGING

Sure. A little gaudy. But ever since I saw Project-Runway-queen Heidi Klum sporting this look, I knew I had to try it for myself. Here are two tips: 1) Keep it classy. Since glitter can be juvenile, pair your sparkles with some elegance. Neutral colors, flowy fabrics, and a little of that je ne sais quoi will take you far. 2) No overboard on the bling. You have a leg full of sequins. Keep the bling to a minimal.

Sequin leggings

(Forever 21 Sequin leggings: $15)

  1. MAD FOR PLAID

I’ll be honest, the word brings to mind two things: bad ’90s grunge and farmers tans. However, done right, this look can be very charming. If you’re plaid-shy, try a clutch, scarf, or even headband to spice up your jeans and tee look.

Mad for Plaid

(Arden B Plaid dress: $58)

  1. BROGUES WITH FEMININITY

I love this trend. However, I can imagine many feeling iffy about a man’s shoe. “Last season’s oxford booties are one thing,” the doubter may say. “But a flat, uninspired lace up shoe? No thank you.” Au contraire, this season’s brogues are anything but uninspired. Bonus: this shoe goes from day to night in a split.

Brogues

(Joy and Alexandre Herchcovitch Jelly Oxford: $100)

  1. THE STRUCTURED SHOULDER

The classicist might feel this style is too reminiscent of the ’80s and not versatile. But a structured shoulder can be subtle enough to last a lifetime. It’s all about angles with this trend, so when styling it, pay attention to the architecture of the outfit. A straight bottom goes well, so try a pencil skirt or some skinny jeans.

structured shoulders

(Topshop Belted Shoulder Blazer: $72)

  1. FAUX LEATHER

Now, I know there are haters out there. But, I think this can look adorable with the right pairings. You could edge it up: a black and white abstract printed shirt with a patterned tight and pretty studded heels. Even a pleather legging substituted for a cotton legging with a neutral tunic would look smashing on a lunch/shopping date. Below we have a little lolita, a little nice-girl, a lot of oh-la-la (p.s. – tights optional)….

faux leather

(Forever 21 Pleather Skirt: $20)