Life with Lauren: You can still have style when you’re broke
Do you ever go shopping even when you know you have no money to spend on that $50 dress? Do you sometimes buy it anyways, because you “need it” and you “deserve it”? Me too. It’s okay, seriously, we’re all guilty of treating ourselves a little too much from time to time. I once bought an $85 romper when I clearly knew I shouldn’t be doing that, it’s fine.
Being broke sucks, there is pretty much no denying that. As a college student, I already have the opportunity to be at an amazing university getting a college education so I find it hard to ask my parents for anything more, ever. I absolutely consider myself super lucky, but at the same time that doesn’t mean I don’t struggle financially sometimes. And the worst part is, I am a shopaholic. The first step is admitting you have a problem.
The amount of happiness inside me when I get a new dress, piece of jewelry or pair of shoes is absolutely ridiculous. I can acknowledge this. However, throughout my college career I’ve come to realize that I really can’t be chasing that temporary high when I barely have enough money to buy myself groceries for the week. It’s just not realistic. So how am I supposed to slay the fashion scene every weekend when I have $12 in my bank account? I’ll tell you exactly how.
Grab your basics
Basics are the obvious things that you need in your closet at all times. You know those things that go with everything and anything? Stock up! Buy basic things like white v-necks, skinny jeans, black dresses, leather jackets, nude heels/sandals, and anything else you find yourself reaching for at a higher price. Splurge on these items because they will stay by your side longer than any boyfriend you ever have. Don’t get things that will shrink (rayon anyone?), fade or stretch out really easily because why waste your money? Places like Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom and Free People honestly have some of the best staple pieces for your wardrobe. Save up sista.
Accessorize accessorize accessorize
You could be wearing the most simple outfit (skinny jeans and a white v-neck) but with a ton a jewelry, your look will be taken to the next level. I love throwing a choker on (no matter what the outfit, because I’m obsessed) paired with a bunch of bracelets and some stud earrings. The combination says edgy yet put together yet carefree… Because that’s what we all want right? Find your favorite combination and PILE on the jewels. That way, you won’t have to buy new pieces all the time.
It’s easy to tell yourself how much you deserve this new skirt or pair of shoes you’ll wear once, and while you probably do deserve it, you need to control yourself. I’ve found it useful to slap myself across the face when I’m thinking about buying something I clearly don’t need (okay, not really, but I should…). Really take a look at your life. Are you going to wear this? How many times? If the answer is under 3, skip it. Big ticket items should be saved for super special events, or can be put on your birthday list in hopes someone will splurge for you. Being realistic is what’s going to save you money.
Here’s me in a dress that I would splurge on.. I mean look at it. Pair a simple flowy dress like this one with a leather jacket, a jean jacket, knee high boots, heels, wedges, flats, anything! Splurge worthy for sure.
Take a look at the wardrobe you already have. I’ve found so many new outfit combinations by looking through the back of my closet and putting together pieces I never thought would go together. Experiment and be adventurous with your style. You might find something you thought wasn’t in anymore, but turn it around to make it new and trendy again. Step out of your comfort zone!
Do you have something on your mind beauty and lifestyle related? Ask me in the comments, and I’ll have an answer for you next week in my column! Don’t be shy, I’m up for the challenge.