Inspired by… stripes…

Paris Fashionweek ss2015 day 2, laure heriard dubreuil blog_Le-Fashion-Blog-Laura-On-The-Racks-Long-Wavy-Hair-Karen-Walker-Sunglasses-Striped-Tee-Forest-Green-Coat-Flared-Jeans-Denim blog_tumblr_mw34e5cFuC1qadt4qo1_500 blog_tumblr_mw59eyTJLe1rsuch2o1_1280 Processed with VSCOcam with s2 preset blog_tumblr_nhyaghRgxR1rvbbl2o1_1280When looking for striped tops always avoid drop shoulder seams (fattening) and boat necks (preppy).

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Shop @ Forever 21

I have an unpopular opinion about Forever 21. Most, if not all, fashion bloggers and professional shoppers will suggest spending more money on quality basics that will stand the test of time and less money on trendy items and I have to wholeheartedly disagree on this point. Basics are the foundation of a wardrobe. The perfect black tank or tee, the just right blue denim, the classic blazer. These are the items you wear every single day! They are going to wear out most often and need to be replaced almost constantly. The white tee will be stained. The black pant will rip. And the black tank will go missing. These are the items you should absolutely be spending LESS money on. Do I care if I leave my favorite striped top at the hotel? NOOOO! And do you know why? Because it cost me $4.90 and I have five more just like it.

I have the opposite approach to most and it works. Spend less money on basics that you find fit well and more money on specialty pieces that you basically never wear. The sparkly top, the maxi chiffon skirt, and the platform heel*. Adding these items to your basics will make the basics appear more expensive and special. Let’s be honest it is more difficult to make a sequined trench look expensive when it is cheap than to make a basic tee look quality when it is not. So these more trendy, one-off items should be the wallet wasters.

*shoes should never be cheap. never. good shoes and a good bed will extend your life expectancy by 20 years**. I of course write these things off under “health care”***.

**I am not a doctor. don’t listen to me

***not really. don’t audit me.

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