Make a list of all the basic things you’ll need, things that will be easy to match with and accessorise, because I’m guessing youre wardrobe will be pretty sparse at first.
Have a look at some of the forum topics where people have suggested what basics you need, like http://www.chictopia.com/forums/Shopping/topics/Top+ten+must+have+basics-8204
some of the items people have suggested are things like: flats, black pumps, black blazer, skinny jeans, LBD, white tshirts, cardigans.
As well as the basics, buy some on-trend items, but make sure they actually suit your style and body type, then you can keep wearing them after the trend has passed. Things like tights and scarves are pretty cheap and a great way to add variety to your closet. Hope that helped a little bit…
I agree with coldlight. Get your basics first. I have so many different skirts that are patterned and are incredibly hard to match. When it comes to trenidier items stick to places like forever 21 because remember: they’re a trend you may not feel the same about the item in a few months. Another great thing to do is get a few waist belts in different colors [forever 21 has some for like 3.50$] They can make your dad’s or boyfriend’s oversized shirts into cute dresses I’ve done it before(:posted about 5 years ago
thanks for the help :) I will look at those posts. And the belts sound cute :)posted about 5 years ago
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agreed. i like to have a whole militia of solid colored and neutral tees and tanks before i do anything, and i love to hit goodwill and other thrift stores. also, military is really in, so try a surplus store :Dposted about 5 years ago
Agree with everyone, make sure that you have the basics down pat and then go for a few pieces in your fave colours. some statement jewellery that can finish off looks like maybe an oversized ring in a neutral colour, a very common red/nude band etc. that would finish/add style to any basic look. do NOT forget your lbd and your lrd. And not to forget a common blazer.posted about 5 years ago
Personally I disagree on doing the basics first. I used to think it was a good idea…..but then I got bored when I had my basics and not so much nice non-basic stuff to go with them because I’d spent all my money on the basics.
I think it would be a better idea to define what you want your style to be first (whether it be classic, girly, rocker/punk, bohemian etc.) and pick out a few interesting/unique key pieces that you really like that suit the style you want. Then work on getting the basics that will fit in with the style you want to stick to and that will go with what you’ve already chosen. That way when it comes to developing your style further later on you’ll have your basics but also have something more interesting to fall back on when you can’t afford new clothes.
One more thing….if you’re planning to spend under $300, then don’t buy your stuff from American Apparel. Yes their quality is good but your money won’t go far at all. I doubt it would even cover your basics, nevermind giving you money to spend on less basic clothing too.posted about 5 years ago