Tipsie Tuesday: Incorporating Trends

Let’s face it, trends can be intimidating.  It’s especially true when trends are presented on the runway, in all its styling-and-fitting perfection.  Actually, I can’t lie, sometimes, trends can be downright scary when you look at what’s on the runway.  But let’s not go there right now.

What’s most intimidating about trends, I think, is how overwhelming numerous trends at the same time can be.  Coming up in spring 2012, the big trends to watch are colorblocking, bold prints (mainly tribal, floral, and futuristic prints, but also colorful camouflage), neons, and pastels.  Shortsuits (mainly in pink) are in, as are sporty elements like anoraks, and peplums.  Oh, and let’s not forget the 2012 Pantone Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango!

That’s a lot to digest!  But there is a way to incorporate trends into your existing wardrobe without buying a while new wardrobe.  In fact, it’s really easy to do, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money either, which is great!

Here are a few easy steps to help you bring trendy pieces into your existing wardrobe easily and cheaply.

  1. Break it down.  Start off by thinking about what trends you actually like.  You don’t have to follow every trend there is, and it’s much better to buy stuff you like (or even love) than to waste money on something just because it’s trendy.
  2. Shop your closet.  Once you’ve decided what trends you want to incorporate into your style, go through your closet and see if you have anything that would work.  With trends being so cyclical, it’s possible that you hung onto something from a different season that could be made to work for now.
  3. Prioritize your purchases.  After you’ve gone through what you already have, think about what you really need in your wardrobe to make the trend work.  Can you buy shoes, accessories, or a scarf?  Or do you need to invest in larger pieces?
  4. Research, research, research!  Spend some time researching the trend once you’ve decided what piece(s) you’re going to buy.  Don’t just buy the first trendy piece you come across!   Shop around for the best price and for the piece that truly fits your style, and only buy something if you absolutely love it.
  5. Think outside the box.  Don’t be afraid to step a little outside your comfort zone to try something new.  If you’re shopping in stores for something trendy, don’t be afraid to pull something off the rack that’s not your normal style.  As my mom always says, “you never know until you try it on”.  But again, if you don’t love it, don’t buy it!
  6. Don’t be afraid to DIY!  Sometimes, a trend can actually be made yourself with items you already own, or with pieces you find at a thrift store, for far cheaper than you can find in stores.  Always worth considering if you’re the crafty type!  Plus, then you get a truly unique piece (and the satisfaction of saying “thanks, I made it!” when people complement you!).

When you lay it out like that, it’s actually far less intimidating.  I actually put together a couple ideas for you, based on two of the spring 2012 trends I listed above.

Let’s start with neons.  Originally, back when neons first came back, I was not a fan.  Now, I’m digging it, and even recently bought a neon dress!  But I started really small when it came to incorporating neon into my wardrobe… my first neon purchase was actually a nail polish, and then I got a few accessories, and eventually, I moved up to getting a dress.  Here are some ideas for small bits of neon that you can easily pull into your wardrobe this spring, without spending too much money or investing in a big wardrobe item you may never actually wear.

From left to right, top to bottom: American Apparel Neon Nail Polish in Neon Violet, $6; Xhilaration Women’s Round Neon Bracelet Watch in Green, $12.99; Filigree Cutout Cuff in Neon Pink, $4.80; Layered Neon Necklace, $4.80; Xhilaration Orange Neon Pearl Top Handle Handbag, $19.99; Lightning Bolt Earrings in Green, $7.30; Neon Band Straw Fedora, $9.50; Hot Pink Enamel Aviators, $5.50; Layered Strip Belt in Cream/Neon Pink, $6.80

When brought in using accessories and little pops of color, neon is far less intimidating and much easier to work with, isn’t it?

Tribal is another trend I’m digging for spring 2012.  This one can definitely be intimidating if your wardrobe is fairly basic, but it’s a great one for shoes and accessories!  There are a ton of pretty tribal options out there that, again, are easy on the wallet and at at all hard to work into your own style.  And what’s great about tribal is it can be in-your-face, or subtle.  Check out some of these great tribal options!

From left to right, top to bottom: Tribal-Stitch Small Satchel, $24.50; Beaded Ornate Drop Earrings, $6.80; Tribal Stone Cuff, $8.80; Ancient Royalty Bracelet, $4.80; Breckelle Leslie-04, $25.90; Tribal Bead Stretch Belt, $15.60; Peachy Keen Tribal Scarf, $9.50

Tribal elements in accessories, bags and shoes are much less overwhelming, and accessories are often way easier to make with with existing pieces you may have in your wardrobe.

So there you have it!  A few ideas for adding some of spring’s upcoming trends into you wardrobe while maintaining a budget and still staying sane.  What do you think?  Will you be adding any of spring’s trends into your wardrobe this year, or are you passing?

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